Ten years ago, America was gripped by images of what was the nation’s costliest natural disaster, Hurricane Katrina. However, for Black America, it will remain another moment when the nation once again turned its back on people of color.

Pictures of frustration, death and abandonment among those left behind at the Superdome are reminders of what Blacks experienced during the disaster. Streets that were known for having joyous parties instead featured floating Black bodies.

“George Bush doesn’t care about Black people,” said Kanye West during a televised fundraiser for victims of the hurricane, referring to then-President George W. Bush’s slow response in 2005.

A decade after Katrina, Blacks in New Orleans continue to feel the effects of the hurricane that displaced so many. Many would argue that Blacks are worse off in the Crescent City than they were before Katrina.

“What we saw during Katrina was abandonment of the Black population in New Orleans,” said Gina Womack, executive director of Friends and Families of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children. “Black people faced the storm alone 10 years ago and have faced the recovery alone today. We cannot and should not forget that in the days following the storm, Black people were targeted as looters, were shot at by police and racist vigilantes, and rounded up and held in horrific conditions in the Superdome.”

According to Katrinatruth.com by the Advancement Project, over 50 percent of children in New Orleans are living in poverty, a higher percentage than before Katrina. Meanwhile, the median income gap between Black and white households in New Orleans has widened by 18 percent from 2005 to 2013, according to the Urban League. The median white household income in New Orleans increased from $49,262 to $60,553, while the median household income for African-Americans only increased from $23,394 to $25,102.

There are five times as many Black inmates in Louisiana prisons as whites, even though the state’s general population of Blacks is only half that of whites. In terms of housing, only 11 percent of families who lived in the New Orleans’ four big projects have been able to return to rebuilt complexes. Only 2,006 public housing units are available currently compared with more than 12,000 before Katrina.

The numbers beg the question of whether the decade-old catastrophe has been a pretext to push Blacks out of New Orleans and prevent them from returning.

“Plain and simple, the recovery efforts of the last 10 years in New Orleans mostly benefitted white residents,” said Ernest Johnson, policy director for Friends and Families of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children’s Statewide Juvenile Justice Reform Campaign. “America’s comeback city is one where the Black median income remains less than one half of the white median income. It is a city where the Black unemployment rate is nearly three times the rate of the white unemployment rate.”

New Orleans is also having issues in Black leadership since Hurricane Katrina. The exclusion of the Black electorate from the new vision for New Orleans has had obvious implications for Black politicians and the communities they once served. With fewer Black faces in office, there are fewer Black leaders to craft policy for Black New Orleanians.

“Hurricane Katrina destroyed so much, and there is still much work to be done,” said Browne Dianis. “That is why we must counter any narrative that whitewashes or fails to highlight the lived experience of Black New Orleanians.”