Friday, November 20th 8:00PM Eastern/ 5:00PM Pacific
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the twelfth and final study session on Gary Rivlin’s Katrina: After The Flood. Mr. Rivlin is a White man and former New York Times reporter; he was lodged on a plantation while he covered the cataclysmic engineering failure and negligence that demolished New Orleans in August of 2005. His 2015 bestseller documents a decade of asymmetrical “recovery.” To make it plain, ten years of black New Orleanians being racially dislocated and deliberately deterred from rebuilding their lives. Rivlin reviews all areas of people activity: the institution of charter schools, the demolition of public housing, and the looting of funds designated for flood victims. Last week’s installment documented the beginning of the end for Ray Nagin, as Whites initiated their case for criminal charges against him. Current White Mayor Mitch Landrieu deceptively insisted that rebuilding New Orleans was about White and non-white citizens working together for the greater good. He covered his bases by rallying black citizens to defend him against charges of a White man bogarting power in a predominantly black city. Former “recovery czar” Ed Blakely made it plain once he resigned his post and exited the country: “[Whites] can recapture the political apparatus and kind of put their foot back on black people’s throats.” We hope this text will offer a more complete understanding of Hurricane Katrina and it’s aftermath as a meticulously planned campaign of genocide against black New Orleanians.
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