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!
“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…Powered by Sidelines