Black majority city 'the way God wants it to be'
Tuesday, January 17, 2006; Posted: 3:06 a.m. EST (08:06 GMT)
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) -- Mayor Ray Nagin on Monday called for the rebuilding of a "chocolate New Orleans" that maintains the city's black majority, saying, "You can't have New Orleans no other way."
"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."
Uptown is a reference to a mostly white part of the city.
Pressed later to explain his comments, Nagin, who is black, told CNN affiliate WDSU-TV that he was referring to creation of a racially diverse city in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, insisting that his remarks were not 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."
It's always fun to see Nagin channeling the crazy. The guy was a spastic asshole during the whole katrina situation and I can only assume that he felt he hadn't had enough media exposure lately and so he decided to turn up the crazy. He went on to say that he felt that God was angry and sent the hurricanes because of Iraq and black people not taking care of their children. Smacks of a whole Pat Robertson angle that's pretty interesting. It's always entertaining when people decide to channel God.
The sort of odd thing in this case is that to my knowledge, Nagin isn't a religious leader of any sort. It's disturbing enough with a minister or rabbi or priest tells you they know what God is thinking but when non-clergy does it, I just assume they're bat-shit crazy. It must be nice to be able to make pronouncements about what God is thinking. It's not like you're ever likely to be contradicted on it, short of a lightning bolt out of a clear sky.