The national conversation about New Orleans has shifted from relief to reconstruction. While alliances form among local and national elites, the majority of the city's population faces being shut out of the discussion entirely. New Orleans is less than 30% white, but the white power structure is poised to seize control of the debate over the city's future, while New Orleans' distinct legacies of colonialism, white supremacy and Jim Crow, along with the personal loss and devastation faced by most city residents, has created a cocktail of obstacles in the path of forming a strong and unified resistance.
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