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News :: Race
New Report: Stalling the Dream
06 Jun 2006
A new report considers one factor in the shocking racial disparities revealed by Hurricane Katrina: car ownership.

The report finds that people of color are considerably more likely to be left behind in a natural disaster, since fewer of them own cars compared to whites. In addition, lower rates of car ownership put them at an economic disadvantage.
The report finds that:

* Only 7% of white households, but 24% of black households and 17% of Latino (Hispanic) households owned no vehicle in 2000.
* In all 11 major cities that have had five or more hurricanes in the last 100 years (Houston, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Jacksonville, St. Petersburg, Tampa, New York City, Providence, Boston, and New Orleans), people without cars are disproportionately people of color.
* In the case of a mandatory evacuation order during a disaster, 33% of Latinos, 27% of African Americans, and 23% of whites say that lack of transportation would be an obstacle preventing them from evacuating, according to the National Center for Disaster Preparedness.
* Evacuation planning tends to focus on traffic management for those with cars and on institutionalized people, not on non-institutionalized people without vehicles. New Orleans had only one-quarter the number of buses that would have been needed to evacuate all carless residents.
* In the counties affected by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma in 2005, only 7% of white households have no car, compared with 24% of black, 12% of Native American and 14% of Latino households.
* The stereotype that black people own expensive cars is inaccurate. In fact, their median car value is half (or less) of whites, according to the Federal Reserve.
* Eleven percent of African-American families and 21 percent of Latino families have missed out on medical care because of transportation issues, compared to only 2 percent of white families, according to the National Center for Disaster Preparedness.
* The median net worth of white families increased about 6% after inflation from 2001 to 2004, to $136,000, while the black median stayed unchanged at $20,000, according to the Federal Reserve.
* Transportation is the second biggest expense for American households, after housing, according to the Surface Transportation Policy Project.
See also:
http://www.faireconomy.org/Stalling/index.html

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Re: New Report: Stalling the Dream
06 Jun 2006
So, is the government ( meaning taxpayers) supposed to give certain people cars, and pay or subsidize for their upkeep, gas, and insurance ? Where do I sign up for this prgram ?
Katrina vs Nitro
06 Jun 2006
Modified: 07:08:49 PM
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breachedleveeBLOWIN.jpg
Check out the photo. Notice that one hole, throughout the structure. And it's a LONG structure. Funny, how it drained the lake, by blown that particular section. Which could have overflowed and wiped out the FRENCH QUARTERS!
Mainstream Media lie. For Corporate greed and Dubya. Don't believe what your seeing or hearing. And for the love of life? Don't believe everything you read.
Do It Yourself
07 Jun 2006
People dumb enough to live in New Orleans should not be subsidized by the rest of the country. People have to accept the consequences of their bad decisons. Ironically, the exodus from New Orleans may give many kids opportinities that that corrupt, dysfunctional (before Katrina) city could not provide. Great town if you want to eat, drink and party. Otherwise, it should revert back to swamp, wetlands, the heron and the alligator.