Well, the idiots in New Orleans have done it to themselves again, "No Brains Nagin" is back in office. "It's time for this city to start the healing process," he said. How will that happen when Nagin himself is preoccupied with race? No one mentions race more than he does, not even Jackson and Sharpton.
Just the other day he said, "This election will say in spite of American prejudice, I was able to attract votes from all races and classes and move forward with the process of healing."
In other words, I know you're a bunch of bigots out there and I may not get elected because of the evil white people, but if somehow I do win, I want you all to help me put this city back together because I haven't a clue what I'm doing.
Does this guy ever weigh his words before he opens his mouth?
If nothing else having him in office should, once again, provide memorable quotes. Let's take a quick stroll down memory lane and relive some of his more recent gems.
"Definitely class, and the more I think about it, definitely race played into this. If it's race, fine, let's call a spade a spade, a diamond a diamond. We can never let this happen again. Even if you hate black people and you are in a leadership position, this did not help anybody."
("A diamond, a diamond"? Does he think the expression "calling a spade, a spade is about playing cards or maybe he thinks that's a racist expression also.)
That quote was read back to Nagin by Tim Russert on Meet the Press. Tim followed up with this question.
Who in the leadership position hates black people?
Nagin responds: Well, you know, I don't know who hates black people, but I will just tell you this, that I think the imagery that came out across the nation portrayed that this was primarily poor black people that were affected. And I don't know if that affected the response or not.
Same interview: Russert: Why did you not declare, order, a mandatory evacuation on Friday, when the president declared an emergency, and have utilized those buses to get people out?
Nagin: You know, Tim, that's one of the things that will be debated. Debated? What is there to debate? Nagin highlights his lack of knowledge, planning and administrative skills almost painfully.
The interview is filled with "I don't knows" and the recurring mention of his "plan" which involved waiting for the cavalry.
Here's another quote from the man who would heal New Orleans: "It's time for us to come together. It's time for us to rebuild New Orleans -- the one that should be a chocolate New Orleans. This city will be a majority-African American city. It's the way God wants it to be. You can't have New Orleans no other way. It wouldn't be New Orleans."
And this, "Surely God is mad at America. He sent us hurricane after hurricane after hurricane, and it's destroyed and put stress on this country. Surely he doesn't approve of us being in Iraq under false pretenses. But surely he is upset at black America also. We're not taking care of ourselves." (The Washington Post)
Finally, let us not forget Ray Nagin is a fan of Nation of Islam chief Louis Farrakhan. The Bayou Buzz blasted Nagin for meeting with Farrakhan:
" After Katrina hit New Orleans, Nagin retreated to Dallas and met with Farrakhan. Soon thereafter, the Nation of Islam leader spoke of the supposed “craters” beneath the levees in New Orleans and claimed that they were “blown up” to save white people and flood black neighborhoods. This ridiculous theory was an insult to the thousands of white families flooded by Katrina in Lakeview and other parts of New Orleans and was not supported by one scintilla of evidence. It also did not jive with statistics released by the state morgue in St. Gabriel, Louisiana. While the population of New Orleans pre-Katrina was 68% African-American, only 48% of the storm’s fatalities were African-American. To make matters worse, Farrakhan claimed that Mayor Nagin was the source of his dubious information and wild speculation. Incredibly, Nagin did not distance himself from Farrakhan or criticize the Minister for his outlandish remarks. Nagin also did not repudiate Farrakhan’s comments made during the Minister’s most recent visit to the city on Saturday. Farrakhan declared that the city was beset by white supremacy, a ridiculous assertion considering that New Orleans has been led by an African-American Mayors for almost 30 years."Earlier in that year Nagin's handpicked Police Chief Eddie Compass hired a Nation of Islam official to conduct sensitivity training for his police officers. I'm sure the Catholics and Jews were "sensitive" to that.
Well, New Orleans, one can only hope for the best in spite of Nagin's prejudice and racism which you have chosen to sanction. If, as Nagin likes to say, God is mad, it may be just because of that.
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