Sunday, November 27, 2005

A More Latin New Orleans


Before Katrina, according to the 2000 Census, New Orleans was just 3 percent Hispanic and 67 percent African-American. After evacuating en masse, however, many blacks may have left for good. According to one survey of emergency shelters in Houston, 44 percent of respondents, who were almost uniformly black, had no plans to return. The potential outcome of these dual migrations: a much more Latin New Orleans.

There's a puzzling quote from an African-American resident of New Orleans who complains to Mayor Nagin that immigrant labor is depressing wages in the city, and he's forced to work for $6 an hour. The funny thing is that the one illegal immigrant worker who's quoted is being paid $12 an hour to do the dirty, back-breaking work of cleaning up the Big Easy. What's wrong with this picture?


Anonymous Thomas Galvin said...

(since you no longer have trackback I am commenting here - and I did provide a link to your blog, too)

Why has the media declared Manuel Zelaya the new Honduras president even though they are only basing it on exit polls since no official tallies have been released?

Check out the great blog, HispaniCon, for valuable information about Latin America.

11/28/2005 4:47 PM  

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