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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Ray Nagin, My Hero for January 2006

From time to time, there are individuals who show themselves to be above and beyond the common man. Individuals who separate themselves from the chaff of the world and show just what kind of great person they are. Individuals who do great deeds, showing themselves as people we should look up to... and pray that we are never like.

Yesterday New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin did just that during a speech honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in which he spoke of a conversation he had with MLK andin a dream and other topics, he said in part:

God is mad at America in part because he does not approve of us being in Iraq under false pretenses. He is sending hurricane after hurricane after hurricane, and it is destroying and putting stress on this country.

And that god is "upset at black America also", adding:

We are not taking care of ourselves. We are not taking care of our women, and we are not taking care of our children when you have a community where 70 percent of its children are being born to one parent.

So he's anti-war and wants better for blacks... seems reasonable right? Isn't everyone entitled to their opinion? Do any of us really want people to be poor or otherwise ‘disadvantaged’ in our country?

To quote a CNN article:

"I don't care what people are saying Uptown or wherever they are. This city will be chocolate at the end of the day," Nagin said in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day speech. "This city will be a majority African-American city. It's the way God wants it to be."

A chocolate city? I wonder what Mayor Nagin and God have against people with yellow, green, red, white or blue skin?

Afterwards, a reporter asked about what he meant by a 'chocolate city' and posed the question that such talk could be divisive,

Mayor Nagin responded:

How do you make chocolate? You take dark chocolate, you mix it with white milk, and it becomes a delicious drink. That is the chocolate I am talking about. New Orleans was a chocolate city before Katrina. It is going to be a chocolate city after. How is that divisive? It is white and black working together, coming together and making something special.

We've heard exactly this sort of crazy rant from non other than Pat Robertson, so this begs the question... what is the difference between Pat Robertson and Ray Nagin? Pat Robertson isn't racist, or at least he doesn't come off that way as he seems to hate equally.

Mayor Ray Nagin... I salute you for your over the top racist and divisive comments that do nothing to help anyone and instead lead to the sort of racist environment that you and others blame for the aftermath of Katrina.

Way to go!


  • By Blogger Dan tdaxp, at 7:18 AM  

  • Nagin called in to some talking heads news show this morning and said he wished he could take back what he said. He said he'd been having a private conversation with a pastor and the thoughts just unintentionally jumped out of his mouth.

    I don't know. For some reason it made me like him. A politician saying, "Yeah, I'm an idiot. Sorry, guys." That doesn't happen much. It made him seem very unpolished and real. Like he's just a guy.

    Not that "just a guy" should be in charge of things.

    By Blogger Esereth, at 6:38 PM  

  • I saw that video this morning on FOXNews.com... IIRC, he only took back the stuff about Gods will and Iraq... not on the ‘chocolate city’ comments which was still over the top.

    Even still... I do not buy his explanation myself that it ‘just happened’. Maybe I’m old fashion... but I tend to believe what people say the first time around, and going back and trying to clarify things as so many did with a “my words were misinterpreted” or “what I really meant to say was” is a cowards way of trying to appease those who are offended and trying and do after the fact damage control through backtracking and not being honest about what they originally said.

    Ray Nagin is no exception. He clearly said what he thought, and when called on it he realized that he shouldn’t have said it in the first place, not because he didn’t believe it right, but because he didn’t want to deal with the negative PR that would ensue.

    The moral of this story, say what you mean and mean what you say... and if other people don’t like it, stick with your original comments or be labeled a coward who does not believe in what they say enough to stick up for themselves and it.

    By Blogger Brendan, at 7:01 PM  

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