Race, Ethnicity And Migration During American History Essay

1906 Words May 11th, 2016 8 Pages
One of the major issues relevant today in regards to race, ethnicity and migration in American history in the period following the Second World War is that white people are still seen as “more than.” For instance, in Steve Kroll-Smith, Vern Baxter, and Pam Jenkin’s book, Left to Chance, white people are seen are more important than the black people who have their homes completely submerged under water from Hurricane Katrina. The book focuses on two black neighborhoods in New Orleans, both of which are generally low on economic class totem pole—they are also both located below sea level and at the bottom of the bowl. The higher you live in New Orleans corresponds with the amount of money you make, so there are a lot of white people who live above sea level (because they aren’t discriminated against in the workplace) and thus are a lot safer when floods happen. For instance, when Hurricane Katrina struck, people with money were able to flee NOLA and not get trapped in the storm like one resident of Pontchartrain Park, Clara Carrington, was able to do with her family. Moreover, because white people generally had homes above sea level, they did not face as much water damage and flooding as people further down did, which is why the fact that first responders arrived to help them first is absurd. It was discussed in class as well as in the book that white people received help from FEMA days before poorer, minority full neighborhoods did, which is still so difficult to fathom…

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