BP Gulf Oil Disaster—NAACP Investigation DAY IV—Thibodaux, Lafourche Parish, Louisiana

Burnell Tolbert, Branch President for Lafourche Parish, Louisiana shared the changes he’s observed in the Parish since the BP oil disaster. He also introduced me to Darien Francis, one of the many people from whom Mr. Tolbert has receive requests for assistance in coping with this catastrophe.

Like so many, Mr. Francis, who operates a small take out restaurant at the back of a gas station convenience store, is faced with the specter of losing his business. Mr. Francis’ restaurant features seasoned shrimp, crabs, and crawfish.  Of late, Mr. Francis’s normal supplier of seafood has raised his prices to such an extent, Mr. Francis’ customers can no longer afford to purchase the product. Just to keep his business going, Mr. Francis has had to resort to expanding his repertoire to selling turkey neck and pig’s feet.

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