On August 29, 2005, the Category 3 storm drowned New Orleans and nearby areas of the Gulf Coast. Nearly 2000 persons perished in landfall’s wake. Municipal, state and national government responded miserably, leaving millions to fend for themselves without help for days. President George W. Bush’s inept disaster bureaucrats came under a media spotlight as the evacuation and aid effort stumbled repeatedly.
“Katrina” became a synonym for callous racist brutality inflicted on the Gulf Coast’s poor, heavily Black, population.
Recently Public Policy Polling plumbed the memories of some residents of Louisiana.
In 2005, Barack Obama was still in his first year as a newly elected Senator from Illinois. What ails Louisiana poll respondents? The Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank asked the pollster:
It’s not hard to guess the race of this fraction of respondents. It is also worth noting that the guy who takes these measurements believes the incorrigibly racist fraction of the United States’ whole is “only” 15 to 20 percent.
Could it be that “they can’t get nothing right” because these disasters have overwhelmed the wrong people, poor and Black people?