Tuesday, January 17, 2006

The Interminable Chronicles of Democratic Idiocy, Second Edition


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."

Perhaps Nagin was a bit too carried away in the MLK celebration, but even with that into account it seems beyond the pale. And, to those who are somehow not struck that this is insane, just imagine a white mayor making a similar statement about a city maintaining a white majority. Your outrage bubbled up yet? It's ludicrous that a mayor should be commenting on his ideal of what his city's ethnic and racial makeup should be,and it seems profoundly in bad taste given the spirit behind Dr. King's whole approach and legacy. He tries to dissemble a little bit with his explanation, but it's not very convincing and is obviously an attempt to paper over what he really meant.

Also, if you read on, he proceeds to have a lot of Jerry Fallwell and Pat Robertson moments, blaming the U.S. presence in Iraq for the cause of the Hurricanes. Seriously, how does this guy have any credibility left? (H/t: Balloon Juice!)

UPDATE: For a complete list of Saint Nagin's sins, check out Pandagon, who has the whole catalog.