The tranquility of the city - as it relates to the euphoria surrounding the Saints - ostensibly wears off as soon as the Saints go marching off, when you consider the racial hysteria unfolding in the mayoral race.
So, will the incredibly white Indianapolis Colts defeat the racial congenial Saints?:
"In a place where music and food can break down racial barriers but true dialogue between the groups is rare, nearly universal joy over the Saints' newfound success has created a new common language and solidified a shared identity.We at Stuff Black People Don't Like have our money on a Colts romp. Peyton Manning connects with Austin Collie and Dallas Clark for three touchdowns between the two and the Colts win 38-21, dousing the hopes and dreams of the multi-racial, yet uniformly one Saints fan base.
The French Quarter, a largely white domain during Mardi Gras, seemed equally crammed with black and white fans after the NFC title game. White Uptowners dressed in black and gold finery gleefully slapped high-fives with dreadlocked black men sporting gilded grills. As many black fans wore Drew Brees' No. 9 jersey as Reggie Bush's No. 25 and the same was true for the white fans."
After the game, New Orleans will be back to normal. The so-called Soul of America's city will go down in a might conflagration and return to a most unfortunate racial reality of misplaced dreams.
Of course, this all is supplanted with the news of the "Chocolate City" electing a white mayor:
Frustrated by term-limited Mayor Ray Nagin's leadership of New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina, voters elected Louisiana Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu to succeed him Saturday, turning to a political scion to speed up the city's recovery.Sports are the only way positive images of Black people are created (outside of entertainment). (America's team) Saints lose big... New Orleans back to normal, even with a white mayor.
Landrieu, 49, became the majority-black city's first white mayor since 1979, the year his father Moon left the office. The mayor-elect, a moderate Democrat, won in a landslide over a field of 10 opponents. Democrat Troy Henry, a black businessman, came in second...
The campaign also focused on the city's violent crime and slumping finances. Landrieu, who lost to Nagin in a runoff four years ago, was a welcome change for some voters who grew frustrated with the city's current mayor.
Little known outside New Orleans before Katrina, Nagin became a central and sometimes controversial figure in a city struggling to recover. Nagin won re-election as he courted black voters in the 2006 campaign, and notoriously pledged after the hurricane that New Orleans would be a "chocolate city" again, offending many whites.