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!