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Sunday, April 23, 2006

 

The Big (Sl)Eazy?

Post hurricane politics in New Orleans has been characterised by an unpleasant racial subtext. The mayoral election is taking place against a background of displaced voters and civil rights scrutiny. According to ABC :

"Race has become a key factor in the election. Less than half the city's pre-Katrina population of 455,000 have returned, and civil rights activists note that most of those scattered outside the city are black. Prior to the storm, the city was more than two-thirds black; it has not had a white mayor since 1978 when Moon Landrieu left office.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson has said he plans to challenge the election outcome in court regardless of the winner, arguing displaced voters were disenfranchised because they weren't allowed to vote in polling places in such adopted cities as Houston, Dallas and Atlanta"


Is this just African American mopery or does Rev. Jackson have a point?

Comments:
Jackson is a sensationalist but the disparity of American lifestyles between races is a fact.
Can Africans feel a part of what is a very saxon "personal responsibility" society ? have they been given the chance ?
this is ultimatly a racist issue , with all participants playing into a racist struggle, including jackson.
interm provisional unelected caretaker goverment until the yaping stops is the standard solution is it not ?
some of the black politicians lamblasting the federal goverment for failings have failed to recognise that most of the key failings were in their responsibility.
what many have lost sight of is the human suffering and the lose, people, including (formaly) sucessful white people, have lost everything. a bad time to politic i would suggest.
 
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