Media Watch: The Sharyl Attkisson approach
The mayor who once proclaimed he’d like to see New Orleans be a “chocolate city”, a “majority African American city” is now proclaiming there is a government conspiracy to keep black people out of New Orleans:
WASHINGTON — New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin has suggested that the slow recovery and rebuilding of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina — which has prevented many black former residents from returning — is part of a plan to change the racial makeup and political leadership of his and other cities.
“Ladies and gentlemen, what happened in New Orleans could happen anywhere” Nagin said at a dinner sponsored by the National Newspaper Publishers Association, a trade group for newspapers that target black readers. “They are studying this model of natural disasters, dispersing the community and changing the electoral process in that community.”
Nagin’s remarks Thursday night recalled the controversy stirred up by his prediction in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day speech in 2006 that, despite the evacuation of thousands of black people in the wake of Katrina, New Orleans would once again become a “chocolate city.” The mayor later apologized for the comment, which had infuriated many whites and African Americans.
Nagin, who won re-election last May over Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu, referred obliquely to the “chocolate city” comment at the dinner and suggested that his assertion that New Orleans would once again be a majority-black city had made him a political target.
“Everybody in America started to wake up and say: â€˜Wait a minute. What is he doing? What is he saying? We have to make sure that this man doesn’t go any further,’” Nagin told a room full of black newspaper publishers and editors at the Capital Hilton.
Referring to Landrieu, who is white, as “the golden boy” Nagin suggested his chance at re-election in the mayoral race had seemed slim because “they dispersed all of our people across 44 states with one-way tickets.”
To racist race hustlers like Ray Nagin, it’s not just about wanting to surround himself with nothing but black people, but also surrounding himself with people who he believes wouldn’t elect a white mayor over him. In other words, he’s not worried about any alleged attempt at keeping black people out of N.O. because he’s ‘concerned’ about the rights of black people, but because he’s afraid doing so would mean he’d no longer be able to keep his seat. He knows that being incompetent won’t hurt him, so he’s worried about something else which he believes will.