Wednesday, January 18, 2006

New Orleans ... Chocolate Again?

"It's time for us to come together. It's time for us to rebuild New Orleans — the one that should be a CHOCOLATE New Orleans. This city will be a majority African American city. It's the way God wants it to be. You can't have New Orleans no other way. It wouldn't be New Orleans..."
- Mayor Ray Nagin, in his speech on Martin Luther King Day Rally[16th Jan, 2006]

"Surely God is mad at America. He sent us hurricane after hurricane after hurricane, and it's destroyed and put stress on this country. Surely he doesn't approve of us being in Iraq under false pretenses. But surely he is upset at black America also. We're not taking care of ourselves ......... It's time for us to come together. It's time for us to rebuild New Orleans — the one that should be a chocolate New Orleans ...."

There's a whole lot of controvery surrounding his speech; calling for New Orleans to be "chocolate again".

Mayor Nagin apologized later!
"If I offended anyone, I sincerely apologize"
"I need to be more sensitive and more aware of what I'm saying .....
I want everybody to be welcome in New Orleans -- black, white, Hispanic, Asian -- because that's the kind of city that we deserve going forward. I was trying to, and didn't do it very well, to deal with this whole notion, the undercurrent what's being talked about, and what's being talked about is who is going to come back to New Orleans at the end of the day."

2 Comments:

At 20 January, 2006 11:23, Blogger Prashanth said...

Damn. I saw "chocolate" and started thinking hersheys and cadburys.

This mayor fella sounds like an idiot...

 
At 23 January, 2006 09:31, Blogger Intern said...

Trust me Prashanth,
the "only " reason, I've put this up is because my first reaction to "chocolate again" was the same... I thought they are probably restarting some Hershey's factory!

 

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