Quite often, it is possible for natural disasters to bring out the worst of social inequalities depending on the way the way the government handles these disasters. Hurricane Katrina was one such issue that brought out the social inequalities of race and poverty, which illustrates the poor way that the federal government handled the issue. While considering Hurricane Katrina, this expose elucidates on the social inequality issues of race and poverty in relationship to the federal government’s response to the disaster. Next, the second part of the essay is a discussion of the government’s response to the disaster, if the disaster occurred in a different region where the wealthy resided. Finally, the third part discusses the expected government’s response in an area whereby a majority of the residents was Caucasians.
Race and Poverty before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina
While a section of commentators repeatedly disregard the notion that the issue of race was not instrumental in the government’s response to the disaster, I think that race might have been significant in the noncommittal response by the government although not shown openly.