Thursday, January 19, 2006

More Nagin Bafoonery

[This is old news, but I haven't had time to comment until now ...] After lousy leadership in Katrina's wake, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin exploited Martin Luther King's birthday to call for the revival of New Orleans as a "chocolate" city, meaning "a majority African-American city," because:

"It's the way God wants it to be," Nagin said. "You can't have it no other way. It wouldn't be New Orleans."
Aside from bizarre theology and how it reflects a generally wacky perception of the world, the major problem I have with the statement is associating the goal of a segregated city with a hero who dreamed that his black children would play with a neighbor's white children without worrying about being judged on the basis of skin color. Nagin apologized yesterday [to the extent "I'm really sorry that some people took that they way they did," qualifies as an apology], but his chronic foot-in-mouth disease has already betrayed him.


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