Ray Nagin believes there is a ‘plot’ to keep black people out of N.O.

Posted by: ST on March 18, 2007 at 4:58 pm

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: ‘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.

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    1. Lorica says:

      It is my understanding that many black folk don’t want to go back to New Orleans. Several of them came to this area, and they have it so much better here, it is cheaper to live they were given nice places to stay, some found good paying jobs. Why on Earth would anyone give that up to return to the slums of NO?? – Lorica

    2. Jeanette says:

      Great post, ST!

      Nagin is just grasping at straws for any excuse he can find. This Katrina excuse is getting old.:-<

    3. Great White Rat says:

      “Ladies and gentlemen, what happened in New Orleans could happen anywhere” Nagin said at a dinner sponsored by the National Newspaper Publishers Association

      I don’t think so. The mess in New Orleans required some very specific factors to be in play:

      – Building a major waterfront city below sea level

      – Inattention to substandard levees

      – Incompetent municipal leadership (that means you, mayor)

      – Incompetent state leadership (hello, Governor Blanco)
      – Insufficient Federal response (great job, Brownie – not!)

      I’ll grant the mayor that items 2 and 5 could probably happen elsewhere. Item 1 is probably unique. Items 3 and 4 require spectacularly inept elected officials, which the people of New Orleans brought on themselves.

      Think about it – remembering how Rudy Giuliani handled the events of 9/11, if he were mayor of New Orleans, does anyone honestly think the Katrina response would have been bungled so badly?

    4. forest hunter says:

      This just in…..(dee de de de de dee de dee….) from our man in the valley.

      “New Orleans, from its inception as port for shipping of all goods up and down the Mississippi, quickly became a gambling, prostitute, booze, schemer, con-men, illegal politics, crime-filled mecca. In olden times it also was a place where there were seasons of malaria, cholera, dysentery, stds, and ague.

      It was and is the “Olongapo” of the US. Politically, it still attracts the lowest of the low.

      Nagin is simply the latest………………………”

      This has been brought to you by the sponsors of Nestle, Melba Toast and Captain Crunch. We now return you to your regularly scheduled meaningless drivel, where creating news is our ONLY bidness.

    5. Nola Blogger says:

      Mayor Nagin has said so many goofy things since Katrina that most of us just roll our eyes and ignore him by now. Sad but true. Our last two Mayors (Bartholemy and Morial) were such corrupt disasters that Nagin is still, even post-Katrina, better liked than his predecessors. Compared to our recent Mayors, Nagin is relatively clean (I mean “clean” in the not overtly corrupt sense, not the Joe Biden “clean and articulate” sense). Much of the national media misread the Nagin-Landrieu dynamic in the last election. New Orleans has an open primary system where the primary lumps all candidates and parties together, and if nobody takes the majority of votes, the top two finishers meet in the runoff, regardless of party affiliation. In the primary, the conservative voters supported the two competent candidates, Ron Forman and Rob Couhig, but neither made the runoff. Landrieu is viewed as more liberal and “blacker” than Nagin, as BIll Clinton was called the nation’s first black President, so in the runoff, conservatives tended to vote for Nagin as the lesser of two evils. The national media and many bloggers see everything in traditional black-white terms and assumed that black voters carried a more liberal Nagin over Landrieu, when that was not the case.

    6. forest hunter says:

      Nola…..since Katrina?

      I understand your dilemma and have wholehearted sympathy for the plight of you and those who are still w/o an honest leader.

      This is of course a direct result of bag limits and other game regulations.

    7. Carl says:

      New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin = incompetent

      New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Warren J. Riley = incompetent

      Orleans Parish D.A. Eddie Jordan = incompetent

      Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco = incompetent

      Those 4 individuals as well as FEMA and a whole host of other factors are the reasons why more people are leaving New Orleans than are returning. I regularly read some New Orleans blogs and the morale there is quite low and dropping even further. Some estimates are very pessimistic; some even predicting that the population may fall below 200,000 at some point. I, for one, wouldn’t be a bit surprised. It’s my favorite city to visit but this may be unrecoverable to former levels of population. And if another hurricane happens to hit anywhere near in the next season or so, then all bets are off…

    8. camojack says:

      It jest be De Man keepin’ us po’ folk down, doncha know? :-@

    9. Dwight says:

      I’m from N.O. and I’d love to go back but In some respects Nagin is right. Instead of landlords trying to work with people they’re raising rent 350% to recover monies lost. Same thing with utility companies (Entergy). I know profits are needed but not at the expense of poor people.
      Also For people to return to N.O. jobs must be available which they are. My problem is the people that want to go back and want to help rebuild N.O have lost their jobs. I worked at Charity Hospital but when they called people back they overlooked my name but asked retired peoples to come back to work.
      I for one want to go home and will when they are ready to welcome us with open arms and cheaper rents and utilities.

    10. tommy in nyc says:

      :-? Well as a white dude who works in the ghetto. And teah it is the gheto.(some of the things I’ve witnesses ST lassie you wouldn’t believe) Playing politics with race is BS. So on this occasion (One of the few) That I’m with 100% agreement with you ST BTW have fun when your bones meet the boxsprings.:)>-

    11. Lorica says:

      GWR let’s not forget the MSM’s incompetance trying to show that the folk in NO were savages. How many dead were suppose to be in the Superdome?? Wasn’t it suppose to be 600?? But in all actuality it was 5 in the dome and 1 body was pulled in from the outside. Why isn’t the MSM apolgizing for the chaos their lazy reporting caused?? Yet we are suppose to take their word on everything else they report on. I hate the news media in this country. It would be so nice if the American people would start holding these bozos to account. – Lorica

    12. SIssy Willis says:

      There is a plot to keep Mayor Nagin stuck on stupid.