The media treated the 10-year anniversary of Katrina with reverence. They should have been hard at work exposing the ugliness that still remains.
As with nearly all New Orleans natives, Wendell Pierce and his family were devastated by the damage and aftermath of 2005's Hurricane Katrina. In this video, Pierce explains how it wasn't long after the water had receded that the proverbial leeches emerged for the feast.
Insurance companies refused to honor insurance policies. Reconstruction of public housing was delayed in order to force the people who depended on it to find some other city to live in. Myriad institutional procedures and machinations were organized so that local, predominantly African-American residents were excluded from the recovery. There are some who argue that Hurricane Katrina was the best thing to ever happen to the New Orleans because it allowed for rebirth. But which New Orleans are those people talking about?
And through all this ugliness and exclusionary tactics, the national media stayed silent and continues to stay silent.
Wendell Edward Pierce is an American actor and Tony-winning producer from New Orleans, Louisiana. He is best known for his roles in HBO dramas, such as Detective Bunk Moreland in The Wire, trombonist Antoine Batiste in Treme, and Michael Davenport in Waiting to Exhale. Currently Pierce has a starring role as Teddy on the CBS sitcom The Odd Couple. Pierce is also the founder of Pontchartrain Park Community Development Corp., a non-profit that builds new affordable solar and geothermal homes for families displaced by Hurricane Katrina.