||Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and
Natural, Racial and Economic Disasters
Michael Eric Dyson
Format: Hardcover, 272pp
Pub. Date: December 2005
Publisher: Basic Civitas Books
List Price: $23.00
FROM THE PUBLISHER
What Hurricane Katrina reveals about the fault lines of race and poverty in
America-and what lessons we must take from the flood-from best-selling "hip-hop
intellectual" Michael Eric Dyson
Does George W. Bush care about black people?
Does the rest of America?
When Hurricane Katrina tore through New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, hundreds of
thousands were left behind to suffer the ravages of destruction, disease, and
even death. The majority of these people were black; nearly all were poor. The
federal government's slow response to local appeals for help is by now
notorious. Yet despite the cries of outrage that have mounted since the levees
broke, we have failed to confront the disaster's true lesson: to be poor, or
black, in today's ownership society, is to be left behind.
Displaying the intellectual rigor, political passion, and personal empathy that
have won him fans across the color line, Michael Eric Dyson offers a searing
assessment of the meaning of Hurricane Katrina. Combining interviews with
survivors of the disaster with his deep knowledge of black migrations and
government policy over decades, Dyson provides the historical context that has
been sorely missing from public conversation. He explores the legacy of black
suffering in America since slavery, including the shocking ways that black
people are framed in the national consciousness even today.
With this call-to-action, Dyson warns us that we can only find redemption as a
society if we acknowledge that Katrina was more than an engineering or
emergency response failure. From the TV newsroom to the Capitol Building to the
backyard, we must change the ways we relate to the black and the poor among
us.What's at stake is no less than the future of democracy.