New Orleans prides itself on tourism. However, with the influx people moving to the city, we need to pay attention to who is getting pushed out.
Black neighborhoods on lower ground, such as Gentilly and New Orleans East, became increasingly Black after the storm.
Black neighborhoods that were on higher ground, such as Bywater, Treme, St. Roch, and St. Claude, became majority white after the storm.
Many Black residents were pushed out of their own neighborhoods due to increased rent, high flood insurance, lack of public transportation, etc.
While yes, upper/middle class, white newcomers generate income for the city, we cannot ignore those that are the backbone of the very culture that attract people to New Orleans in the first place.
Black people are getting pushed out of what used to be Black neighborhoods, and are being replaced with bike lanes and Black Lives Matter signs.
African slaves and people of color are the originators of New Orleans culture. From the music, to the infrastructure, to the food, to the traditions. We are New Orleans, we are the culture, and we cannot and will not be bought, replaced, pushed out, or imitated.
Livable housing, healthy foods, and developmental education should be accessible and affordable to all.
While we welcome newcomers and tourists, the well-being of locals should be put on the forefront of our city's policies.