Monday, August 31, 2015

Katrina Washed Away New Orleans’s Black Middle Class | FiveThirtyEight

 New Orleans's economy is in many respects stronger today than it was the day before the levees broke. Yet the city's remarkable recovery has, to a troubling degree, left behind the African-Americans who still make up the majority of its population. Black New Orleanians are less likely to be working than when the storm hit in 2005 and are more likely to be living in poverty. Black household incomes, adjusted for inflation, have fallen. And the earnings gap between black and white residents has grown.1

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