Institutional Discrimination, Individual Racism, and Hurricane Katrina

  title={Institutional Discrimination, Individual Racism, and Hurricane Katrina},
  author={K E Henkel and John F. Dovidio and Samuel L. Gaertner},
  journal={Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy},
Since Hurricane Katrina made landfall, there have been accusations of blatant racism in the government's response, on the one hand, and adamant denials that race played any role at all, on the other. We propose that both perspectives reflect oversimplifications of the processes involved, and the resulting debate may obscure a deeper understanding of the dynamics of the situation. Specifically, we discuss the potential roles of institutional discrimination, subtle contemporary biases, and racial… Expand
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