Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Wonka for Mayor

With more than 3,200 people still unaccounted for months after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans Mayor and resident racist Ray Nagin thought he would start the MLK Day celebrations off with a 'metaphor.' Speaking to a crowd enjoying a beautiful Monday morning, Nagin commented that the city will once again be 'a majority African-American city.' (A transcript and video of the comment can be found here.)

You may recall that "Nagin was faulted with not helping to evacuate blacks out of New Orleans, but finding the time to personally evacuate family, friends and officials. He was criticized by many for showing poor leadership during what's been called the worst US disaster in history ... Mayor Nagin was accused of racial insensitivity several weeks ago when he complained that Mexican immigrants were 'changing New Orleans.' He's since backed away from his complaints of illegal immigrant Mexicans taking jobs that should go to blacks and taking up residence in New Orleans." It's also been reported that Nagin "is ashamed that he did not adequately execute the city’s evacuation plan."

Putting the political spin into overdrive, Nagin said, "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." Imagine if N.Y. Mayor Bloomberg said his city would once again 'be like white on rice.' The outcry would be horrendous. Or, what if Hillary Clinton addressed a Harlem church and 'ad-libbed' a racial comment involving a 'plantation'? Oh, wait, that really did happen.

I'm sure Nagin is just bolstering himself for the pending mayoral election.


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