New Orleans remains a tale of two cities

Malik Rahim, community organizer in New Orleans, talks about the unequal recovery from Hurricane Katrina.

It’s almost two year almost two years after Katrina destroyed much of New Orleans. What is the situation now?

It is still a tale of two cities. In the Deep South, everything is determined by racism and privilege. So, if you are white or a privileged Black, the recovery is just about complete. If you are poor, especially working poor, and Black, it’s like the hurricane happened six months ago.

When you look at what’s going on here versus more privileged areas, there is a difference. It is a qualitative difference based on race and class.

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