Katrina black women and the deadly discourse summary

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“Katrina, Black Women and the Deadly Discourse” Summary This story sounds familiar. We have looked at Hurricane Katrina and the aftermath, the media’s portrayal of the disaster and the people left behind. We learn about how poor black women were the ones who were left behind and how the percentage of poor, black women in New Orleans was higher than most other places in the US. The article gives great snippets of testimonials from some of the people (women in particular) that were impacted by the hurricane. It reinforces the impact on poor women, even white women and the elderly who had been left to fend for themselves. The women complain about the government’s involvement (or lack thereof) and how scandalous the treatment was once they received some help. Black activists and women take action after the storm and the article shows the reader how even though some of those left behind didn’t have anything, they stayed to make sure others like them had the resources needed to survive. Lastly, the article mentions how the image of the “heroes” of Katrina were portrayed in the media as big, strong men lifting boxes and rescuing those in need. The reality of the situation is that the real heroes were those women working tirelessly in the trenches, providing food, clothing and emotional support for those peers who were left behind.
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  • Spring '12
  • Nutty
  • Sociology, Gini coefficient, Income inequality metrics

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