Michael K. Brown, professor and chair of the Department of Politics at UCSC, says the generosity of ordinary Americans contrasts starkly with "the ineptitude of the government and its abandonment of the poor." But Hurricane Katrina exposed more, he writes: "It ripped open the gauzy facade of a smug, complacent society and revealed the degradation and poverty that are consequences of deeply embedded racial inequality. Will the memory of who the victims were, and why they were in such desperate straits to survive, help us to renew a commitment to social justice, or will we forget?"
In an essay about environmental racism and "cancer alley," an 80-mile stretch from New Orleans to Baton Rouge along which residents live next to highly polluting industries, authors Jose T. Bravo and Arnoldo Garcia write, "Katrina exposed the deadly intersection of race, poverty, immigration status and toxic waste, but dangerous environmental conditions already existed."
In his essay, Childs contrasts today's "less is more" style of national governing with the philosophy behind the New Deal, which emphasized inclusion. Childs presents a 21st-century alternative to the New Deal he calls "collective individualism," in which government-provided benefits to individuals would circle back to benefit society. Effective relationships between government and community groups are at the heart of his vision, which he proposes for the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast. Childs writes that community groups, labor unions, and other grassroots organizations should be on the front line of Katrina-recovery efforts, providing a link to ensure that hurricane victims receive jobs and job training.
John Brown Childs, a professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and editor of the new book (Santa Cruz, CA: New Pacific Press, 2005), writes that Katrina exposed the consequences of the radical and systematic dismantling of the federal safety net that began with the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980.
"In the flood waters of Hurricane Katrina everything about the social, economic, and racial injustice of American society floated to the surface," writes Bettina Aptheker, UCSC professor of feminist studies and history. "Nothing could be hidden from news cameras on the scene; no sanitized 'spin' could be given to the unfolding catastrophe."
The weak federal emergency response to Hurricane Katrina fits a pattern of reduced federal government responsibility for public well-being, according to the editor of a new collection of essays about Katrina.
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