Reminders of Poverty, Soon Forgotten

For many Americans, Hurricane Katrina kicked up the hope that the United States might try once again to seriously address the problem of poverty. If we had forgotten that poor people still lived in the land of SUV's and hedge funds, we could no longer ignore that reality — not with the powerful news footage coming out of New Orleans. There they were, on our television screens, the storm's most desperate victims — disproportionately poor and black, wading through muddy