Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Unislawa Williams


Once a natural disaster strikes in the United States, the governor has the option to request federal assistance from the President. The President then has a choice to approve his or her request, deny it, or let it stand. But, the decision to delay the request or deny it can impact poor, black communities disproportionately. Accordingly, Reinhardt (2015, 22) highlights that the President’s rejection of the emergency aid can lead blacks to have a poor rate of public trust in the federal government to accommodate their needs in a similar and future disaster. Given blacks' low expectation towards the government, this research expands on Reinhardt's work through the analysis of the following three things: The first is discovering new data to see if the mistrust lingers in the long-run. The second is confirming if the cause of the skepticism is the government actions deepening economic and racial divides. The third is testing if the government can learn from past lessons. This innovation is important to the study of political science research because it focuses on the behavioral pattern of the federal government and the negative consequences of its actions that could affect the community. Also, with this research, the broader community could understand more fully the connection behind the racial division and the economic gap caused by the government during natural disasters.

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