Is It Fair to Compare Haiti to New Orleans?
The comparisons between the earthquake in Haiti and Hurricane
Katrina in New Orleans have come fast and furious, but often from
people who've watched both disasters through the clean-cut white lens
of Anderson Cooper broadcasts. Meanwhile, people in Haiti-and those in
the Gulf Coast still struggling four years later-need more than blame
and comparisons. They need real solutions.
To offer some, we ask Monika Kalra Varma, director of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights, Melissa Harris-Lacewell, Princeton professor, Nation contributor, and author of Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought and James Perry, executive director of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center and candidate for mayor of New Orleans.
Thanks to Chicken & Egg Pictures for video in this segment.