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New Orleans has the world's highest prison rate. "Louisiana imprisons more of its people, per head, than any of the other 50 states."

One out of every seven Black men is in prison, on parole or on probation.

New Orleans has the second highest US homeless and poverty rates in cities over 10,000 population. Income inequality is the highest in America.

The city murder rate is nearly two and a half times the national average. It also has one of the nation's highest crime rates. It ranks 11 on a scale of one to 100 (the safest).

Police abuse is notorious. Poor Blacks are most vulnerable. Justice Department data includes scathing findings.

Seven years post-Katrina, "35,700 abandoned or blighted homes and empty lots" remain. They represent 21% of residential housing.

A Princeton University study found many low income mothers still suffered post-traumatic stress systems in summer 2010.

Fewer bus routes now exist. Half of all Black households are "asset poor." They haven't enough savings to survive three months without income.

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Around 65% of Black children are poor. Public school enrollment is way down. Charter school figures are the nation's highest.

Three years post-Katrina, Quigley said displaced residents got no rental financial aid. Rental homes weren't repaired. Unaffordable housing rose to 46%.

Destroyed or heavily damaged public housing wasn't rebuilt. Thousands of poor neighborhood homes were demolished to prevent residents from returning.

Half the city's public schools were replaced by charter ones. About 75% were for-profit. Whites were favored. Blacks were shut out.

Unionized school employees were fired. Selective rehiring offered less pay and few or no benefits.

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Displaced Blacks were entirely disenfranchised. Four of the 13 city Planning Districts remained as vulnerable to floods as pre-Katrina.

About 25% of hospitals were lost. Around 38% fewer beds were available. Thousands still lived in temporary trailers. Many were displaced to other areas and not allowed back.

The city's Black population was halved. Thousands of Black kids never returned to school.

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Read something interesting the other day - after K... by Patricia Victour on Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012 at 8:45:40 AM