Black Residents See Less Progress after Katrina

It’s been ten years since Hurricane Katrina destroyed the Gulf Coast and the subsequent levee failure that led to the demolition of New Orleans, and still, Black residents are seeing less progress than their white counterparts in the city.

The Kaiser Foundation, in partnership with NPR, conducted a survey of the city’s current residents to examine how those who are currently living in Orleans Parish feel about the progress of the city.

Researchers asked survey participants to weigh in on the lingering challenges faced by the city, including those that existed before and after Katrina.

Overall, residents are optimistic, resilient and proud of their city’s culture. Survey trends show steady improvements in neighborhood conditions and residents’ evaluations of the recovery. Despite that reality, researchers noted that Blacks continue to lag far behind whites, both in their perceptions of how much progress has been made and in the rates at which each group reported continuing struggles.

The racial gap has also widened since the hurricane, particularly in areas and views on whether New Orleans offers good career opportunities for young people. Residents of all races viewed crime as the city’s biggest problem according to the survey, with personal concerns about the increase in crime over the past five years.

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