News| Hurricane Katrina | The People of NOLA Were Abandoned

News| Hurricane Katrina | The People of NOLA Were Abandoned

Published February 11, 2008

Posted March 1, 2006 – Like many of the poll respondents, Emmanuel Thomas, 18, is critical of the Bush administration’s handling of Katrina.  “I was in New York on 9/11,” he says. 

“The government just bum-rushed that rescue team to (the Twin Towers).  I feel that they should have done the same for the victims of Katrina.  It’s terrible how they just left people out there on their roofs.”

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Like the 91 percent of Blacks surveyed in the poll, Thomas believes the government should continue to provide housing for victims, even giving them back their homes “free of cost.”

“We don’t work every day, pay taxes and abide by laws for nothing,” Thomas says.  “We do it as a partnership with the understanding that if anything happens, and then you come to my rescue.  It’s like a contract.  The fact that the people of New Orleans did their part and were (abandoned)... that’s a shame.”

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