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Article in Response to Controversy


Just after 6 a.m. on the morning of August 29, 2005, Katrina, one of the worst hurricanes in the history of the United States, made landfall near Buras, Louisiana, 65 miles southeast of New Orleans. Katrina brought enormous destruction and loss of life to Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. The hurricane also brought a crisis of conscience to many Americans as they confronted, with the rest of the world looking on, media images of people – many of them poor and black – caught in the catastrophic consequences of the storm, apparently beyond the reach of government protection or help. The unfolding tragedy forced the very democratic questions, “What kind of country are we? What kind of country do we want to be?”

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