Come Hell or High Water Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster

ISBN-10: 046501772X
ISBN-13: 9780465017720
Edition: 2005
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Book details

List price: $17.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 7/3/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

When Hurricane Katrina tore through New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, hundreds of thousands were left behind to suffer the ravages of destruction, disease, and even death. The majority of these people were black; nearly all were poor. Displaying the intellectual rigor, political passion, and personal empathy that have won him acclaim and fans all across the color line, Michael Eric Dyson offers a searing assessment of the meaning of Hurricane Katrina. With this clarion call Dyson warns us that we can only find redemption as a society if we acknowledge that Katrina was more than an engineering or emergency response failure. What's at stake is no less than the future of democracy. Book jacket.

Preface: Pompeii and 8/29
Unnatural Disasters: Race and Poverty
Does George W. Bush Care About Black People?
The Politics of Disaster
Hurricane and Hesitation
Levees and Lies
Follow the Leader?
Guns and Butter (or FEMA-nizing Disaster)
Capitalizing on Disaster
Frames of Reference: Class, Caste, Culture, and Cameras
Supernatural Disasters? Theodicy and Prophetic Faith
Epilogue: Transforming the Jericho Road
Afterword: Great Migrations?
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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