The tragic news from Hurricane Katrina continues to pour in. There are now estimates that the number of deaths could go over 10,000. The economic and racial issues have become more openly discussed, as in an article in the New York Times by David Gonzalez that quotes Rev. Calvin O. Butts III, pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem as saying,

“I think a lot of it has to do with race and class. The people affected were largely poor people. Poor, black people.”

The article goes on to discuss the reactions to the tragedy in the African American community. As I indicated in my previous post, many people in the U.S. often like to act as if race and class do not matter, but in this instance it’s hard to miss that fact that the people who are dying and suffering the most are poor and African American.