“Chocolate city?” – WTF
I wanted to laugh and vomit when I heard that New Orleans mayor Nagin promised New Orleans would become a “chocolate city” once again. This is wrong on so many levels. First of all, correct me if I am wrong but we haven’t officially signed on for the switch from African American to “Chocolate” have we? If Bush had said it, he would have been lynched for being so insensitive and condescending. I can hear it now, Jesse Jackson chew-spitting the following, “We have been oppressed, depressed, and repressed for too long, for this president to improvise this name, to chocolatize us; its a shame for him to play this name game.”
The second problem with this is that it is only thinly veiled racism. Imagine if Grosse Pointe, or Bloomfield was hit by a tornado and the mayor got on the air and promised the displaced caucasians, “This city will be born again as a Vanilla Mecca” Why not just post a sign that says, “No Blacks Allowed.” Oh wait…you don’t need to imagine that if you go back a few years…that kind of shit happened all of the time. Did we decide that that was unfair; or just that we should switch sides? But hey, maybe I am speaking out of turn…maybe I am “internalizing this”…let’s ask some “strawberry,” “lemon sorbet,” “rocky road,” or “mocha” people, see how they felt about the proposed zoning.
There’s someone else we could ask…Nagin would like him…well maybe not…I mean ideologically they couldn’t be more apart. I’ll give you a hint, his birthday was a couple days ago; “The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny and their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom…I have a dream that my four 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.”
Sorry MLK, the mayor doesn’t dream that way in New Orleans.