D'Angelo, Raymond. Douglas, Herbert. Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Race & Ethnicity Edition (New York: McGraw-Hill/Dushkin, 2008) Did Hurricane Katrina Expose Racism in America?
Adolph Reed is a professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania and Stephen Steinberg is a professor of sociology at Queens College in New York City. Both Reed and Steinberg challenge the tendency of policy makers and other commentators to focus on African-Americans as the source of the problems faced by New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and emphasize the need to address race and poverty concerns effectively. In Reed and Steinbergs argument they expose the “moving to opportunity” policy. The supposed goal of the program is to “break up the concentrations of poverty, to break up the federal enclaves of poverty which existed in the city and to really give those low income residents more choice and opportunity.” Reed and Steinberg look at the “moving to opportunity”policy as a false theory and an empty slogan. When the “moving to opportunity” policy is stripped of all its varnish it is just a program that will result in a “smaller” New Orleans that is depleted of its poverty population. Despite the 200 plus signatories of well known individuals in American social science, the secret agenda of the program was evidently overshadowed. Reed and Steinberg state how the federal Government is solely focusing on the drug dealers and gang members of the ghettos and poverty struck neighborhoods overlooking the industrious single mothers and infamous heroic grandmothers that also stay in those same communities; leaving a majority of them to fend for themselves. Reed and Steinberg provide information that show the true colors of the “moving to opportunity” policy. Providing quotes from citizens in powerful positions. A politically connected white lawyer in the city remarked that Katrina provided the perfect opportunity to rebuild New Orleans into a city much like...
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