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Monday, March 03, 2008

Black and white

- Uhmm, hey, you spent some time here in New Orleans a few years back, didn't you?
- Yeah, I was here for a semester.
- So, uh, do you think things have changed a lot?
- What you mean after Katrina?
- Well, yeah?
- Actually, after Katrina for a couple of years things were a lot better.
- [suppressed gasp] Really?
- Oh yes, all the criminals were forced to leave.
- Oh... I see.
- Yeah. The criminal districts were destroyed. They should never rebuild them. I mean, they were built right next to the water. That's where the Ninth Ward is. What were they thinking?
- I see... I hadn't known that.
- Yeah, and so they were all destroyed, and the criminals had to leave. And things were great for two years.
- And then?
- Well, now they're all coming back. The criminals. They're all back. And in our parts of town. Right where my parents-in-law stay. Full of criminals now.
- Ah. I see. Hmm.
- Well, anyway.
- Yeah, I know.

12 Comments:

Blogger km said...

Fucking breaks my heart.

I may have told you, I spent a bunch of days with some jazz musicians couple of years ago from NO (including one dude whose great- grandpa was a contemporary of musicians like Jelly Roll Morton!) They had lost their homes and their instruments in Katrina. They had gigs, but no instruments. Not much food and health insurance either.

To see such good, honest, hard-working people simply lose everything and be so blatantly ignored by the government is sad.

Heritage city of America indeed.

3/03/2008 9:32 AM  
Blogger Space Bar said...

gah. this is the free world they want to gift the rest of the world.

you know the other thing that gets my goat? this business of obama going on about how he prays to jesus every night. like it's unconstitutional to be muslim and run for president (oh my god. is it? unconstitutional?)

3/03/2008 12:38 PM  
Blogger J. Alfred Prufrock said...

Prof, brown wasn't judged faintly criminal? Delinquent, at least?

SB, POTUS does have to take an oath to protect Christian values. Such a laugh.

J.A.P.

3/03/2008 4:25 PM  
OpenID lekhni said...

Yeah, some attitudes don't change so easily..it's also, unfortunately, a self-perpetuating vicious cycle.

Adult black men have been stereotyped to the extent that they find it harder to get jobs and lead a steady life.. it's a cycle that's hard to break.

Did you see the NYT article on statistics on crime? Sad...

3/06/2008 12:40 AM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

km:
i fully agree.

sb:
like jap said, it's "one nation under god". a non-criminal god, of course.

jap:
nope. in new orleans you can now see t-shirts that say "FEMA: Find Every Mexican Available" and "FEMA emergency plan: 'Run bitch, run!'"

lekhni:
i missed the article - guess i should be glad.

3/06/2008 8:05 AM  
Anonymous One Trick Pony said...

I read: - "Well, now they're all coming back. The criminals. They're all back." as "The criminals. they're all black."

Which caused a bit of a jhatka at first.

3/07/2008 6:15 AM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

yeah, this was subtle.

3/07/2008 8:21 AM  
OpenID lekhni said...

Here it is.

Apparently, one in nine black men between the ages of 20 and 34 is in prison. Very sad..

3/07/2008 8:38 AM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

ah, thanks.
i love the way the expert said - but ah look, crime rates are down!
well of course, if you lock all the criminals up.

3/07/2008 9:11 PM  
Blogger Arthur Quiller Couch said...

You didn't try ghetto slang on him? Wimp!

3/10/2008 8:40 PM  
Blogger Renovatio said...

Who's the criminal again? With the system like it is, I find it hard to tell.

3/13/2008 1:07 AM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

aqc:
twas a her. whole different dynamic.

reno:
point well taken, indeed.

3/14/2008 5:38 AM  

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