Monday, January 16, 2006
Channelling Pat Robertson: New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin gets in touch with his inner nut.
Mayor Ray Nagin suggested Monday that Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and other storms were a sign that "God is mad at America" and at black communities, too, for tearing themselves apart with violence and political infighting.
"Surely God is mad at America. He sent us hurricane after hurricane after hurricane, and it's destroyed and put stress on this country," Nagin, who is black, said as he and other city leaders marked Martin Luther King Day.
"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."
And, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. -- the man who once said "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character" -- Mayor Nagin embraces his inner racist.
Nagin also promised that New Orleans will be a "chocolate" city again. Many of the city's black neighborhoods were heavily damaged by Katrina.
"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," the mayor said. "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."
What are the odds that Nagin's comments will receive similar play to those of broadcaster Pat Robertson. I'm thinkin' 5-to-1.