Thursday, September 08, 2005

Many have wondered about those outside of New Orleans

A majority of the leadership in Orleans and Jefferson parishes are African-American Democrats. It's been the case for many, many years. I don't recall it ever being any other way. Despite not doing anything to help the citizens before and after Hurricane Katrina, these same local politicians have pointed fingers of blame at Pres. Bush and FEMA. In addition to the slow response, accusations of governmental racism are being tossed around by Jesse Jackson and other partisan demagogues.

It's obvious that the federal government shares a portion of the blame; however, the question is why didn't the African-American leadership which runs the area do anything to help their constituents. It's doubtful that they will ever be held accountable for their grave mistakes.

While eyes were focused on New Orleans, Mississippi and Alabama, I've wondered what was happening in the low-profile communities of Chalmette, Algiers, Covington, Mandeville and the like. Then today news sources are reporting that victims in Chalmette are just now being rescued. "In the working-class parishes of St. Bernard and Plaquemines, the heavy rain and levee break brought a wall of water up to 20 feet high. Local officials expect the number of deaths to be in the hundreds. In one wrenching case, 30 residents in a nursing home died and 30 others were evacuated, said Louisiana Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu ..."

By the way, the people in Chalmette who are waiting to be rescued some eight days after the destruction began? You might be surprised to learn that these forgotten people are 92.7% white and 2.4% African-American. Are African-Americans racist for ignoring the white population? Afterall, this community is primarily white and wealthy and a majority of the politicians are African-American. This isn't the picture painted to the public by such people as author Anne Rice. Of the stranded residents, she wrote in a New York Times op-ed piece, "They are the poor, black and white, who dwell in any city in great numbers; and they did what they felt they could do — they huddled together in the (New Orleans Superdome). There was no way to up and leave and check into the nearest Ramada Inn."

Another piece of the partisan puzzle.

Again, this is my humble opinion.


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