Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Just the Facts, Ma'am

Hilary has passed along a link to this article in the Times-Picayune about students coming to New Orleans for spring break to volunteer. It's not the one I was thinking of, but it does include the relevant statistics. Here are three pertinent paragraphs:
A study by Tulane University geographer and author Richard Campanella shows that black New Orleanians were disproportionately affected by the flooding, although the margin is less than 10 percent, considerably lower than what has been suggested in some national media reports. Pre-Katrina, black residents comprised 67 percent of the New Orleans population, yet suffered 76 percent of the flooding. White residents, 28 percent of the city’s population before the storm, suffered 20 percent of the flooding.

Campanella’s based his numbers on areas that suffered “persistent” flooding, defined as flooded after Katrina on Aug. 29 with water still present on Sept. 8.

When the students are not mucking out houses, they attend anti-racism seminars sponsored by the People’s Institute, a local anti-racism training organization. “We find that if you don’t understand the dynamics of racism, you’re just going to get confused out here,” said Fithian.
And I didn't mention in the previous post how deeply impressed I am by the T-P. They have really stepped up to the plate and shined throughout.


  1. Interesting stats. So it's still a chocolate city, just slightly more milk in the chocolate...

    It's clear from your recent photos that black culture is alive and well in NOLA.

  2. I second the pic props.