by Luisa Black | Zoom Out Mycology
With effects of climate change accelerating, hurricanes increasingly flood national headlines. These days, they’ve been hot on the heels of coverage of violent white supremacist organizing in the U.S. What is the connection between these two seemingly different kinds of disasters?
From the Danziger Bridge murders in post-Katrina New Orleans, to Nazi salutes in Charlottesville, to border control checkpoints at disaster relief shelters in Texas, the common thread weaving through narratives of natural and manmade disasters in the U.S. is their disproportionately devastating impact on black and brown people.
It should come as no surprise that white supremacist violence hurts people of color more than white people. What may surprise you is that hurricanes and other natural disasters hurt and kill communities of color in the U.S. at significantly higher rates, with significantly less media coverage.
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