Over the past 10 years, tremendous progress has been made in New Orleans. But on our road to recovery, have we reproduced some of the same inequities that existed prior to the storm and impeded people's ability to quickly recover? The wealth gap continues to widen between African Americans and Whites, too many of us are paying unaffordable housing costs, Black men are still targeted and disproportionately represented in the criminal justice system, and health disparities continue to threaten the well-being of African Americans in the city. Are we seizing this opportunity to transform the city into a better version of itself, one in which all its residents can prosper and thrive?
The "State of Black New Orleans: 10 Years Post Katrina" hopes to answer these questions (and more) through its analysis of the impact of post-Katrina recovery on the African American community. The publication also offers recommendations to address noted disparities impacting the African American community and to transform the systems that allow these disparities to persist. After all, New Orleans cannot thrive if African Americans, who are the majority of the city's residents, are not thriving as well.