9780465017720

Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Kartina and the Color of Disaster

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  • ISBN13:

    9780465017720

  • ISBN10:

    046501772X

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-07-01
  • Publisher: PERSEUS BOOKS

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Summary

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.

Author Biography

Michael Eric Dyson, named by Ebony as one of the hundred most influential black Americans, is the author of sixteen books, including Holler if You Hear Me, Is Bill Cosby Right? and I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King Jr. He is currently University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

Preface: Pompeii and 8/29p. ix
Unnatural Disasters: Race and Povertyp. 1
Does George W. Bush Care About Black People?p. 16
The Politics of Disasterp. 34
Hurricane and Hesitationp. 54
Levees and Liesp. 76
Follow the Leader?p. 88
Guns and Butter (or FEMA-nizing Disaster)p. 108
Capitalizing on Disasterp. 128
Frames of Reference: Class, Caste, Culture, and Camerasp. 140
Supernatural Disasters? Theodicy and Prophetic Faithp. 178
Epilogue: Transforming the Jericho Roadp. 203
Afterword: Great Migrations?p. 213
Notesp. 223
Acknowledgmentsp. 257
Indexp. 259
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