After the Storm: How Race, Class, and Immigration Concerns Influenced Beliefs About the Katrina Evacuees
Jason E. Shelton
M. Nicole Coleman
In September 2005, approximately 150,000 Gulf Coast residents fled to Houston, Texas, seeking shelter following Hurricane Katrina. Since the majority of evacuees were poor African Americans, the political and social consequences of the storm inspired a national dialogue on race and class. However, in Houston, the discourse on Katrina evacuees also involved immigration concerns. The city's distinction as a "gateway" to new arrivals influenced the dialogue on the evacuees' impact on the local area. This article assesses the extent to which race, class, and immigration concerns influenced Houstonians' beliefs about the Katrina evacuees. Copyright (c) 2009 by the Southwestern Social Science Association.
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