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Ray Nagin: The Black Pat Robertson

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Ray Nagin, the mayor of New Orleans, gained national infamy for his thoroughly inept response to Hurricane Katrina last summer. One would think that this sort of notoriety would lead a local political figure to perhaps try to avoid further public embarrassment.

But Mayor Nagin is apparently the sort who likes to get attention, even if it’s of the negative variety.

Here’s a sampling of Mayor Nagin’s recent words of wisdom:

“Surely God is mad at America. He sent us hurricane after hurricane after hurricane, and it’s destroyed and put stress on this country,” Nagin, who is black, said as he and other city leaders marked Martin Luther King Day.

“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.”

Surely, Mayor Nagin is presuming to know God’s will. He claims to know that God sent Hurricane Katrina to New Orleans to cause billions of dollars in damage and kill hundreds of people because the He is upset over the liberation of Iraq. Oh, and He’s also not terribly pleased with the level of personal responsibility shown by black Americans.

Sounds like a rational meteorological theory to me!

Another quote:

“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,” the mayor said. “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 [sic] other way. It wouldn’t be New Orleans.”

That’s right; God is a segregationist! He has deemed that a particular part of below-sea level real estate in the southern United States simply must be populated mostly by black people. It’s His will, according to Mayor Nagin.

Imagine a white mayor in, say, Salt Lake City, claiming to know that God wants a “more vanilla” Salt Lake City. And during a national holiday commemorating civil rights, to boot.

Don’t you think there would be an enormous media outcry over such racially-insensitive comments? So why isn’t there one over Mayor Nagin’s moronic commentary? Could it be a racial double-standard, maybe?

While we celebrate MLK, Jr. Day, let’s not forget how far we have come towards a truly color-blind society. And, equally important, how far we still have to go…

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  • http://adamantsun.blogspot.com Steve S

    Actually, I think there is a media outcry. Scarborough devoted half his show to attacking Nagin. When Robertson said his piece, I think he got a brief two minute mention. And before you say that Robertson isn’t an elected official, but Nagin is (a point I would concede), I would point out that Nagin is mayor of how many people? 1 million? Yet Robertson influences tens of millions.

    I don’t watch CNN anymore, since Anderson took over, it is fluff central, with nonstop updates on some West Virginian miners lung, but since most of the news is more conservative than liberal, they have certainly been screeching about this.

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    Ray Nagin is a national disgrace. If he truly wants a “chocolate” city, perhaps he’ll gladly return the voluntary donations of white Americans, as well as the involuntary “donations” of white taxpayers?

  • http://adamantsun.blogspot.com Steve S

    I’m not going to condone or defend what he said. I’m only going to point out the discrepencies in the reporting of it.

  • http://journals.aol.com/vicl04/THESAVAGEQUIETSEPTEMBERSUN/ Victor Lana

    RJ, I don’t know about the “God” stuff, but that’s like crazy talk. God didn’t send the tsunami or hurricanes or earthquakes either. Anyone thinking that way is caught in some strange place.

    As for the “chocolate” comment; I don’t think Nagin meant it the way it’s being taken. Let’s remember that there is “white chocolate, dark chocolate, and milk chocolate.” This is pretty much a metaphor for the whole human race.

    In my mind this is what Mr. Nagin intended. He just made a mistake on how to send the message.

  • http://w6daily.winn.com/ Phillip Winn

    What people outside of the area might not realize is that Mayor Nagin was elected without much support from black people. The majority of black voters supported another candidate, who lost to Nagin, but Nagin had almost every vote from white people.

    Anyway, the point is, I think this is good politics on Nagin’s part. He’s trying to reach out to a group of people that were pretty upset when he won initially.

  • bernese

    I really don’t see how you can take this comment “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,” the mayor said. “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 [sic] other way. It wouldn’t be New Orleans.” Yes there are different types of chocolate but how do you explain the statement about it being a majority African American city. If a white person had made such a statement there would have been protests in the streets all over America.It’s a double standard.Just like if a conservertive had said what Hillary Clinton said yesterday about plantations they would have been a bigot. I am tired of this double standard. If the mayor of New Orleans was so worried about his citizens why did he not get some of them out of there with the buses that just sat there? He has gotten a free ride on the way he handled the disator just like the govener did. It’s all Bush’s fault. I am not saying that FEMA did everything right but there is enough blame to go around for what happened after the hurricane.

  • http://theugliestamerican.blogspot.com Andy Marsh

    I’m sure he “meant” to say all different kinds of chocolate…he really meant white chocolate and milk chocolate…of all the analogies he could have used…he just picked chocolate out of a hat?

    You’re kidding…right?

  • http://mayormayornagin larry

    it is pretty bad when news reporters and spokepersons have to explain what what you really meant to say larry

  • Justin Berry

    Andy what he actually meant was chocolate. As in the candy. It is way cheaper than other builing material, and suprisingly strong in the winter. His nearsightedness doesnt allow him to think past spring. He cant be denied the mayorship as this nearsightedness is covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • Welfare Cheese

    I say we make a chocolate city. Augustus Gloop will be delited. Then we make another city with lickable wallpaper. The snozberries taste like snozberries!

    There is a strip club in Detroit called “Chocolate City”. Maybe he meant he wanted a city with big booties and stripper poles.

  • http://counter-point.blogspot.com Scott

    “Imagine a white mayor in, say, Salt Lake City, claiming to know that God wants a “more vanilla” Salt Lake City…Don’t you think there would be an enormous media outcry over such racially-insensitive comments?”

    Not really. There aren’t any black people in Salt Lake City or Utah as a whole anyway.

  • http://theugliestamerican.blogspot.com Andy Marsh

    Have you ever been to New Orleans in the summer? You think Katrina kicked their ass??? A chocolate city will never last!

  • Justin Berry

    Did you take into consideration the weather? We may need to get an independant panel of engine ears to design the poles for safety reasons.

  • Baronius

    I’m not excusing Nagin, believe me. But a lot of local and even state politicians look bad in the limelight. They have no idea how to behave when the national attention arrives, and they look even worse when the attention wanes and they want it back. Governors often are the worst. Of course, NO has had a terrible political reputation for decades, and it turned out to be accurate. Interesting fact in comment #5; I hadn’t heard that before.