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Fulwood: After Katrina, we told ourselves black lives matter. But do they?


Kalia Abiade • Aug 28, 2015
Screen shot via Center for American Progress.
Screen shot via Center for American Progress.

This week marks 10 years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall and flooded New Orleans and much of the surrounding area, disproportionately affecting poor and black residents. In this video, Center for American Progress Fellow Sam Fulwood, said after that string of tragedies, many people said “never again.”

“We told ourselves we would work to fix the structural inequalities that created a system that permitted poverty, segregation, police brutality, and environmental racism to have such devastating consequences,” he says in the video. “And we told ourselves black lives matter.”

Fulwood asks how America plans to move forward with the knowledge of the mistakes of Katrina and in light of the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, Sandra Bland and so many other black and brown people at the hands of police and vigilantes.

“What are we prepared to do with the knowledge of how little America valued black lives when Katrina’s water rose, crested and have now receded into our memories?”

Watch the video below and see the original post here.

Sam Fulwood III is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and Director of the CAP Leadership Institute. He also serves on the board 0f the Center for New Community.

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