According to NOLA.com, Ray Nagin attended the protest today in Jena, in northern Louisiana.
Wow. It's interesting to me that Nagin has chosen to do this, because from a public relations standpoint, he thinks he's getting positive media coverage as a fiery, passionate trailblazer for civil rights. As a New Orleans resident, though, I'm fairly incensed.
This is a man who seems to be all talk. The rhetoric this man spouts is simply astonishing. And before Katrina, he was pretty popular for his fiscal policies. Since the storm, though, he's fairly reviled. I'm still stunned people re-elected him.
Examples of Ray Nagin quotes:
"I don't care what people are saying Uptown or wherever they are. This city will be chocolate at the end of the day...This city will be a majority African-American city. It's the way God wants it to be."
Hmm, so what you're saying is you didn't want the people of uptown NOLA - regardless of their race - to return to their homes, universities and businesses? You didn't want their tax dollars driving the economy while Mid-City and Broadmoor were slowly rebuilt? Ohhhh, wait, we misunderstood you?
"You take dark chocolate, you mix it with white milk, and it becomes a delicious drink. That is the chocolate I am talking about."
Thanks for the clarification, Mayor Nagin.
Anyhow, Ray Nagin has a city for which he is responsible, as mayor, falling apart at the seams. Young men are killing one another over narcotics deals gone bad, and innocents are getting caught in the crossfire. The D.A. is corrupt, the police are exhausted and understaffed, and we're losing businesses to Mississippi and Alabama.
And our mayor is busy preening for the cameras?