|Hurricane Katrina gave the world a glimpse of daily life in Detroi|
You remember Hurricane Katrina, right? That horrible storm that ravaged New Orleans in 2005, exposing to the world what living in Detroit is like on a daily basis.
So what is "Black-Run America's Mayor" talking about in his book?:
New Orleans, almost six years after being devastated by Hurricane Katrina, is still working to rebuild. Former New Orleans Mayor, C. Ray Nagin, has penned a new book, called Katrina's Secrets, which reflects on the historic hurricane that devastated the city and the federal government's response to the natural disaster.Local police abandoned posts, leaving the city completely lawless until Blackwater (now XE) came in and cleaned things up so that correspondents from the Mainstream Media could safely enter the city. Oh, and the National Guard. Read this story on cops in New Orleans who stayed to try and maintain some order in a city under siege by the natural disaster of a hurricane and the unnatural disaster of unsupervised Black people.
"We could have all done better, absolutely," said Nagin during an interview on MSNBC. "But it's just a part of history now."
Nagin's book talks about the days that followed Hurricane Katrina, the struggle to gain federal aid from FEMA and the politics behind the scenes. He even points out the lack of co-operation that was due to bipartisan politics between a Democratic governor and a Republican president.
Nagin's book is not all doom and gloom, he showcases the heroes and, as he puts it, the "sheroes," who were some of the first responders after the hurricane. "You're gonna learn about how we brought a city back from almost being totally devastated," Nagin said.
The former mayor was quick to point out that although the local police were diligent to rescue and help New Orleans, and according to him, 90 percent of displaced citizens were quickly moved to the convention center, on a federal level new laws have not been enacted to help prevent slow governmental response times. "No laws have changed and it can happen again."
Imagine the YouTube videos that would have gone viral had the iPhones and other cellular phones equipped with recording technology been widespread in 2005.
Though the lessons of Hurricane Katrina have gone down the memory hole, BRA's Mayor - with the publishing of a book - reignites our interest in them. Just days after the looting began, Mayor Nagin was a mess:
Days passed, looting started, the feds didn't come, and Nagin cracked. In a radio interview Thursday night, he ranted passionately for 14 minutes that the feds had done little to stop thousands of deaths: "Don't tell me 40,000 people are coming here! They're not here! It's too doggone late. Now get off your asses and let's do something, and let's fix the biggest goddamn crisis in the history of this country!" Nagin didn't stop until he broke down in tears.
The New York Times wasn't as Steve Sailer, but they did write this:
THE white people got out. Most of them, anyway. If television and newspaper images can be deemed a statistical sample, it was mostly black people who were left behind. Poor black people, growing more hungry, sick and frightened by the hour as faraway officials counseled patience and warned that rescues take time.If Rudy Giuliani can lay claim to being "America's Mayor" then Mayor Nagin is the perfect embodiment of "BRA's Mayor."
What a shocked world saw exposed in New Orleans last week wasn't just a broken levee. It was a cleavage of race and class, at once familiar and startlingly new, laid bare in a setting where they suddenly amounted to matters of life and death. Hydrology joined sociology throughout the story line, from the settling of the flood-prone city, where well-to-do white people lived on the high ground, to its frantic abandonment.
The pictures of the suffering vied with reports of marauding, of gunshots fired at rescue vehicles and armed bands taking over the streets. The city of quaint eccentricity - of King Cakes, Mardi Gras beads and nice neighbors named Tookie - had taken a Conradian turn.
In the middle of the delayed rescue, the New Orleans mayor, C.Ray Nagin, a local boy made good from a poor, black ward, burst into tears of frustration as he denounced slow moving federal officials and called for martial law.
Recall that a horrible earthquake/ tsunami hit the northern part of Japan and looters and Blackwater (now called XE) where not required to bring stability to an area that would soon experience a near-nuclear meltdown.
One of our most popular articles was Japan 2011 vs. New Orleans 2005. Read it to understand something elemental, undeniably fundamental about why what we are about to write is true.
Many American cities require martial law and massive police force, not because of natural disasters, but because of the unnatural inability of Black people to follow the law. Indianapolis this past weekend is a perfect example of this, as were the event of Black Memorial Day 2011.
Curfew is used to ensure that Black teens don't participate in Polar Bear Hunting, Knockout King, or random robberies in cities like Atlanta, Baltimore, St. Louis, Cleveland, Birmingham and Newark. In Chicago, the suggestion of implementing martial law to curb Mahogany Mobs has been floated.
"BRA's Mayor" will never be able to admit, nor will those Disingenuous White Liberals (DWLs) who position themselves as Black peoples eternal cheer leader, that the words of then Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone (1986) were confirmed during Hurricane Katrina:
``Since there are black people, Puerto Ricans and Mexicans in the United States, its level of intelligence is lower on the average,`` three nationally circulated Japanese newspapers quoted Nakasone as saying.This New York Times article on the horrible educational gap between whites (and Asians) and non-whites shows the truth in Nakasone's statement.
Despite his cartoonish effort to save New Orleans in the aftermath of Katrina, reports that BRA's Mayor would include crayons with his book are not true.