There are a lot of adjectives that blend in very well with New Orleans. I wouldn't consider "chocolate" among the list I'd pull up.
Look, New Orleans (and most of the Gulf South) is populated with an African-American majority. According to the 2000 Census, African-Americans made up 67.25% of the city's population of almost 485,000. I understand that the city has long been a central cultural influence for African-Americans through music, art and activism. I absolutely believe the city must live on, especially because this is one of the most diverse, unique American cities, and that also means preserving the cultural identities that have made New Orleans stand out, much of its spirit certainly coming from its African-American community.
But I don't really agree with Nagin's tone in particular, as it strikes me as being non-inclusive and even polarizing. In fact, saying the hurricanes were a sign that "God is mad at America" reminds me very much of the nutty things Pat Robertson continues to say, and it's unsettling he's choosing to stoop to this sort of level in addressing obvious and general concerns.
Any way you look at New Orleans during and after Hurricane Katrina, it is an utmost tragedy. And though I am certainly no fan of that "race card" that some like Spike Jones have chosen to play, I absolutely understand that though people of all backgrounds and cultures were affected by Katrina, a huge number of them were both African-Americans and those living in poverty or struggling to keep above the poverty line, quite often both, and I certainly hope New Orleans can remain as closely to how it was before Katrina.
But consequentially there are many who feel they've lost everything from Katrina and feel they have nothing left to hold onto there and have chosen to move on to Baton Rouge, Mobile, parts of eastern Texas, etc. I certainly respect their decisions and believe you can't blame them for making these decisions either. And Nagin must understand that, and accept whatever happens here on out as we all continue the healing process and continue to work to bring New Orleans back together.
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"