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Cheryl Kaiser, with colleagues in Syracuse and Michigan State, researched black and white Americans’ responses to videos that blamed delayed Katrina response efforts on either government incompetence or on the majority of the victims were black.

"Our sense is some white Americans couldn't understand the claims of racism and it was hard for them to think skin color was responsible for people surviving the hurricane and getting relief. This study helps us understand why discrimination claims make a large number of people in the U.S. uncomfortable. “How media covered Katrina aftermath affects response by blacks and whites,”