Race, Poverty and Katrina
According to a poll taken a week after the hurricane by the Pew Research Center, two thirds of African Americans said they thought that the government would have reacted faster had most of the storm victims been white. Among whites, 77 percent said the race of the victims made no difference.
A live studio audience joins in a conversation with leading thinkers on the lessons Hurricane Katrina offers, about race and class in American society.
Juan Williams, NPR senior correspondent
John McWhorter, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute
Tricia Rose, professor of American Studies at UC Santa Cruz
David Shipler, author of The Working Poor: Invisible in America
Douglas Besharov, scholar in Social Welfare Studies at the American Enterprise Institute
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