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This Happened — August 29: Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast of the U.S. on this day in 2005.

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What was Hurricane Katrina?

Hurricane Katrina was a Category 3 hurricane at the time of its landfall, with sustained winds of around 125 miles per hour (200 kilometers per hour). It was one of the most powerful hurricanes to strike the United States in recorded history. Hurricane Katrina primarily impacted the Gulf Coast region of the U.S., particularly the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. The city of New Orleans, Louisiana, was one of the most severely affected areas.

What were the major impacts of Hurricane Katrina?

Hurricane Katrina had devastating impacts. The storm surge and subsequent flooding caused extensive damage to infrastructure, homes, and businesses. Many levees protecting New Orleans failed, leading to catastrophic flooding. The hurricane resulted in the loss of an estimated 1,200 to 1,800 lives, displacement of hundreds of thousands of people, and economic and environmental damage.

Was the response to Hurricane Katrina effective?

The response to Hurricane Katrina faced significant criticism for being slow and inadequate, particularly in the early stages of the disaster. There were challenges in coordinating rescue and relief efforts, evacuating residents, and providing essential supplies and medical assistance. The response highlighted the need for improvements in disaster preparedness and response systems.

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When Racism Poisons Italy's Culinary Scene

This is the case of chef Mareme Cisse, a black woman, who was called a slur after a couple found out that she was the one who would be preparing their meal.

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Mareme Cisse in the kitchen of Ginger People&Food

Caterina Suffici


TURIN — Guess who's not coming to dinner. It seems like a scene from the American Deep South during the decades of segregation. But this happened in Italy, in this summer of 2023.

Two Italians, in their sixties, got up from the restaurant table and left (without saying goodbye, as the owner points out), when they declared that they didn't want to eat in a restaurant where the chef was what they called: an 'n-word.'

Racists, poor things. And ignorant, in the sense of not knowing basic facts. They don't realize that we are all made of mixtures, come from different racial and ethnic backgrounds. And that food, of course, are blends of different ingredients and recipes.

The restaurant is called Ginger People&Food, and these visitors from out of town probably didn't understand that either.

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