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  •  Many NO residents did move to Houston (2+ / 0-)
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    San Antonio, and other "nearby" cities. This is true. However there are many who would move back in a heartbeat if there was a home for them to go to because they hate living in their new home cities because while the city governments welcomed them with open arms (when it looked like it would be temporary), the residents did not. The Katrina refugees face discrimination at almost every turn.

    It can be argued that the people who came from NO increased the crime rate, and to a certain degree that is true. However it's not because people from NO are criminals, it's because they can't find jobs in order to feed their families due to the discrimination. So for some the only way they can keep a roof on their heads, clothes on their backs, and food in their stomachs is to resort to trafficking in drugs and/or sex. Wouldn't it be better to bring them back into New Orleans, house them in the barely damaged public housing units and put them to work (at a decent wage) rebuilding the city?

    Of course that would mean NO would regain it's predominantly minority population and it's status as a Democratic stronghold, something Bush and the Republicans don't want.

    So many impeachable offenses, so little time... -6.0 -5.33

    by Cali Techie on Mon Mar 31, 2008 at 12:27:02 AM PDT

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    •  You've got to be kidding... (0+ / 0-)

      Discrimination in NO??  The entire city pre-Katrina was run by African-Americans.  When they moved to Houston, the power center was (and still is) in the African-American community.  I live in Houston.  The African-Americans here were appalled that their counterparts in NO were two to three grade levels behind their own children!  Discrimination?!  You are providing a disservice to the abilities of the African-American community.  Instead, ineptitude is to blame where the African-Americans in NO were placed in a position where they received handouts that didn't require work and this fed into a loop that kept people from hope.  This couldn't be sustained when they moved to Houston where they were required to go to school, obey laws, and find work.

      Finally, the government had an opportunity to step in post-Katrina and take those who the government pays their rent and food and build mixed-income housing for them which academia believes is the correct method to advancement today.

      As for those who want to return to NO, it is true: there's no place like home.  This phenomenon happens to anyone despite where they came from.  But you'll be surprised at the numbers who have taken the risk to forgo going home to make a new home in Texas where they've discovered they have more opportunity.

      •  Perhaps the African American community (0+ / 0-)

        in Houston has more influence overall than the African American community in NO, but to characterize it as the "power center"....uh, Wow!

        As a resident of Houston my observation is that members of African American neighborhoods here are very close knit and do take care of each other, just as in NO.  If whole communities are disrupted, the safety net--which is more than just financial--that community provided is gone.

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