Remembering Katrina Ten Years Later

By WR Kellogg, Special for  USDR

America’s Wire today released an article by La June Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, declaring that it’s time for midcourse corrections in the city’s restoration efforts. She also details the need for healing, especially in helping children and young adults cope with crime and violence engulfing their  communities.

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“The coalitions of foundations, nonprofits and government should pause to ensure that their investments will improve upon the pre-Katrina conditions in communities of color and that the racial and class inequities that existed prior to the storm are being adequately addressed,” Ms. Tabron writes. While noting example of successes in the rebuilding, she says what the foundation learned in New Orleans has triggered a significant change at the Kellogg  Foundation.

“We saw that crime and violence in residential neighborhoods is desensitizing the city’s children, causing them to lose their sense of worth and value,” Ms. Tabron writes. “A generation of young people is being rendered powerless, with no security, no protection and believing they have no future. In response, WKKF is now mobilizing healthcare grantees to help heal the wounds of children and young adults, restore their sense of being, and create environments where they can thrive.  This work is part of a collective community resiliency strategy, one that is a critical segment of achieving racial equity in New  Orleans.”

Furthermore, Ms. Tabron asserts that overshadowing many aspects of life in New Orleans “is a racial past that must be acknowledged and healed. Portrayals of the 10-year milestone after the storm enunciate the divide in the city. While many gains have been achieved, but for communities of color it is not a celebratory time; it’s merely a marker to gauge the many challenges that remain and lie  ahead.”

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