Dr. Beverly Wright founder and Executive Director of The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice wrote the following Op-Ed for The New Orleans Agenda addressing the city of New Orleans 10 years after Hurricane Katrina.
Addressing the "Elephant" in the City 10-Years After Hurricane Katrina
Op-Ed by Dr. Beverly Wright
NEW ORLEANS, LA - As we approach the tenth year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, let's not ignore the "elephant" in New Orleans, notwithstanding the pressure to do just that. The elephant in our city is the rampant land grab displacing predominantly African American residents to the outskirts of the city, where public safety, reliable transit, nearby schools, accessible job opportunities, and neighborhood amenities are lacking. To be sure, the displacement of mostly African American residents also creates hardships for white New Orleanians who are not only out-financed by developers and incoming residents, but also see their salaries not keeping up with the rising costs of housing, education, and healthcare in this city.