C. Ray Blow It!

Jan 17, 2006 by

Sometimes you see something that just makes you cringe. How can anyone take us at all seriously when this is the face we put forth to the nation?

On Monday, Nagin said God wanted New Orleans to be predominantly black and said he didn’t care what the predominantly white Uptown section of the city had to say about it.

“I don’t care what people are saying Uptown or wherever they are. This city will be chocolate at the end of the day,” he said. “This city will be a majority African-American city. It’s the way God wants it to be.”

After the statement, he insisted he wasn’t being divisive.

“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,” he said. “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.” –See full article on CNN

Its like a demented children’s book, “C. Ray. C. Ray blow it. Blow it Ray, blow it!” And of course the reactions come roaring in as the media circus goes into full three ring mode.

Conservatives, I believe rightly, brand his comments as blatantly racist. Liberals shake their heads and hang them in shame at the racially divisive comments delivered on a day when we honor a man who enjoined us to be colorblind (Martin Luther King Day if you’ve been under a rock). Overseas they watch in amazement. I am personally offended and profoundly disappointed, especially as a native of Uptown New Orleans. You know, Uptown, as in “I don’t care what people are saying Uptown.”

Now to be fair Nagin did have some good points about violence within the african american community, but they will be forever lost in favor of “Chocolate City.” Way to go C. Ray. Consider it a lesson in what happens when you speak before thinking.

I think we need to show this clown the door before he causes even more damage. This is one time when we had a chance to get beyond that sort of simple minded garbage by working together to bring back New Orleans. Shared adversity creates bonds between people, stupid racist comments by people in public office shatters them.

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