This article is talking about how Hurricane Katrina happened, what people were facing and how they were trying to survive. New Orleans Mayor had ordered a mandatory evacuation on Aug 29th after 20% of the city was under water. An estimated 1.2 million people left ahead of the storm. However, there were still people who could not or would not leave the city. They either remained at their homes or sought shelters at locations such as New Orleans Convention Center or Louisiana Superdome. Many local agencies were not able to help with that situation. Although, some neighborhood experienced substantial amounts of looting and helicopters were used to help and rescue many people from rooftops in flooded Ninth Ward. It’s a credible and useful article for people wanting a brief summary of what happened and how it happened.
This article has a lot of statistics in it which makes a credible, reliable and useful source because it was published by a director of political research at Pew Research Center. In the article by Carroll Doherty, it mentions that 66% of the people said that “the government's response to the situation would have been faster if most of the victims had been white.” Only 17% of the whites agreed and the other 77% of the whites disagreed and thought that the race of the victims does not matter. The article also talks about the different lessons that were learned from the hurricane. Most blacks said that it showed that racial inequality remained a major problem in the United States. Whites said that this wasn’t a particularly important lesson of Katrina.
This article is talking about different point of views from different people for example Barack Obama. Obama was a freshman U.S senator from Illinois when Katrina struck New Orleans on August 29,2005. A couple of years after the hurricane happened, when Obama got elected as the president, he told the people living in New Orleans that the hurricane was a “man-made” storm that had a lot to do with the government failure. Obama also mentioned in his speech at a community center in the Lower Ninth Ward-a broadly black neighborhood that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina that “What started out as a natural disaster became a man-made disaster a failure of government to look out for its own citizens,” This is a credible and a useful resource because it’s referring to a well knowns persons and talking about what he thinks about the hurricane and what the actual response from the government was because he was a U.S senator by the time the hurricane happened.
This opinion based article was talking about how people were looking at the refugees who were traveling from the South to other different states because of Hurricane Katrina. Hurricane Katrina has created thousands of refugees to leave their home states to other states around the United States for more protection from the hurricane. The term “Refugees” made people complain about it and say that “They are not refugees. They are citizens of the United States.” Therefore, there was a policy of not calling people “Refugees” anymore. The word “Refugee” has a couple of different connotations which made people argue more about it. Sharpton argued that the word “Refugee” strips a person’s dignity. He defined the people as “victims of neglect and situation they should have never been put in the first place.” This is a useful article for people doing research about different points of views from different people about the Hurricane but not a reliable one because it’s an opinion based article more than stating facts.
In the article “Hurricane Katrina” it talks about the damages, the aftermath and also the government response to the disaster. The hurricane had reached New Orleans by the morning of August 29, 2005. The day before the hurricane people who had access to cars had already decided to leave New Orleans ; some of them moved to shelters and some of them stayed home because they were not able to leave. Hurricane Katrina caused more than $100 billion in damages and the government was not prepared for those damages; they didn’t have a plan or anything that could possibly help in any way. President George W. Bush was unaware of what was happening and the people that were getting killed which made the people charge that the government were too slow in taking actions and meeting the needs of the people affected by the storm. One reporter called it “ a total disaster zone” where people were getting “absolutely desperate.” Katrina killed nearly 2000 people and affected 90,000 square miles of the United States. This is a credible and useful source because it covers everything about the topic and it also has real people being interviewed. It includes links to other reliable sources and also uses statistics and stories.