President Obama in New Orleans Today

I’ll be providing video when it’s available on this visit. People from surrounding communities have complained that New Orleans is getting too much attention when their small cities and towns are still suffering from the effects of Katrina.

Thing is, there are whole communities in the Gulf Coast still suffering from the neglect of the previous administration.

Some city boosters are proud to say that New Orleans is the fastest growing city in the country at this moment. This is a lie. It would only be true if half of the original inhabitants returned to the city plus these new arrivals. And the new arrivals? Mostly Latinos to work the lower paying jobs, and young urban professionals. To me, that’s not progress. That’s hiding the forced removal of an entire community, no matter how poor. Last I heard, it was something outlawed in the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights,. This was the foundation by which Malcolm X, back in the day, put a petition before the United Nations.

The Ninth Ward still looks like a wilderness, despite what you may have heard about Brangelina’s efforts, laudable as they are. And crime, especially gang violence, is still rife there, including New Orleans police corruption and misbehavior especially during and after Katrina.

Anyway, stay tuned.

~ by blksista on October 15, 2009.

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