History and Law of Yesteryear in Force Today by Beverly Kimble Davis
New Orleans Agenda
NEW ORLEANS’ KATRINA: History and Law of Yesteryear In Force Today is a compelling expose’ of the holocaust which took place in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. It highlights many of the atrocities, injustices and unreported events inflicted upon but not limited to the predominantly Black survivors of Katrina.
To say the least, New Orleans’ flood victims were treated inhumanely. The survivors were considered and referred to as ‘insurgents,’ ‘enemies of the state,’ ‘detainees,’ ‘criminals,’ ‘gangs,’ ‘thugs’ and as ‘animals.’ Regarded ‘as expendable,’ they were sacrificed, abandoned, and discarded. What more the flood survivors were subjected to an aggressive White supremacy agenda which can be traced back to the Popes, Kings, and Queens of the First Century, A.D. Persecution, domestic terrorism, and vigilantism was carried out on many levels by those who had no concern for accountability.
But there were eyewitnesses who were moved to their core. Among them, Beverly Kimble Davis who was compelled to become a truth seeker and recorder of facts. Angered, stunned, and shaken by the cruelty she witnessed, Beverly made it her mission to ensure the world learns of and remembers what had happened in New Orleans. Armed with paint and canvas, she committed to recording as many of the unreported assaults as she could. Consequently, she amassed an amazing body of work as visual testimony. Her series of 13-paintings is entitled ’The New Orleans’ Katrina Holocaust.’ She is determined that this tragic historical event be documented and preserved for future historians and social anthropologists.
Despite critical acclaim and global attention, Beverly felt that her paintings alone did not give enough insight into what had happened after the flood. In her desire to develop a greater understanding, she began an in-depth research of history for historical data to complement her paintings. Her research led Beverly as far back as the papal bulls, ancient texts, and long-forgotten laws codified into our National Constitution and those of our states. Beverly discovered a correlation between the way the people were treated after the flood, and the global systems of racism woven into the very fabric of Western Civilization. What she discovered was far more sinister than what she thought she had already known about the experience of being Black in a White dominated world.
Why is it that the United States, which has a history of rescuing and aiding victims of tragedies in other countries failed to do the same for the citizens of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina?
The horrific flood that followed the hurricane did not rid New Orleans of those deemed ‘expendable.’ Powerful ‘old money’ people stepped up to accomplish what the flood couldn’t. Members of New Orleans’ elite insisted that the resurrected city has fewer Black and poor people – something very different. The result was a reengineered blueprint for gentrification on steroids that more resembled a plan for ethnic cleansing.
‘New Orleans’ Katrina: History and Law of Yesteryear in Force Today’ has a plethora of references resulting a thorough, well-researched, scholarly investigation of what transpired in New Orleans after the flood. It will be viewed as an invaluable and essential resource for future educators, readers, students, historians, and social anthropologists.