Amy Goodman

New Orleans After Katrina: Inequality Soars as Poor Continue to Be Left Behind

2015-08-27T02:26:14-07:00

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Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has become a different city. The population of New Orleans is now approximately 385,000 -- about 80 percent of its pre-Katrina population. The number of African Americans has plunged by nearly 100,000 since the storm. According to the Urban League, the income gap between black and white residents has increased by 37 percent since 2005. In 2013, the median income for African-American households in New Orleans was $25,000, compared to over $60,000 for white households. Thousands of homes, many in African-American neighborhoods, remain abandoned. "Democracy Now!" speaks to civil rights attorneys Tracie Washington of the Louisiana Justice Institute and Bill Quigley of Loyola University.




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