There’s a general consensus that it’s hard being a Black man in America and when you break the country down into its 50 states, we know that statement to be even more true depending on where you live in the nation. New Orleans is one such place. Despite being 60% African American, Black people in New Orleans aren’t exactly thriving overall. Many are proud of the way the city was able to rebuild itself following the devastation of Katrina after the hurricane hit August 29, 2015, but rebuilding has meant different things for different people and when it comes to who’s benefited the least from such efforts, one could argue that answer would be Black men.
We took to Poydras street in New Orleans to talk to men of various walks of life about how they feel not only as Black men in America but Black men in New Orleans. Some ran from our cameras, some were eager to discuss the issues they face, others suggested there are bigger problems facing our community than racism, displacement, and police brutality. Watch and hear their viewpoints for yourselves.