To what extent does the reaction to Hurricane Katrina dispel the theory of a post-racial American society?

Moore, William (2011) To what extent does the reaction to Hurricane Katrina dispel the theory of a post-racial American society? BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Public racism has been disappearing from the United States; the society is becoming post-racist, but not post-racial. The responses to the natural disaster of Hurricane Katrina reveal the public and private attitudes which make this an aspiration rather than a reality. The response of the public authorities is seen to be tardy, corrupt, incompetent and racially biased in its effect. The attitudes revealed in the media to subsequent events show the racism latent in the attitudes of many Americans, confirmed by the behaviour of many white New Orleans residents after the storm. The patchy nature of the reconstruction effort is shown to affect the black community disproportionately. America does not seem to have buried its racist past very deeply.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Languages and Area Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2011 09:25
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:41
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/4330

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