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Black Voters In New Orleans Keep Messing Up

Congressman William Jefferson from New Orleans has been reelected despite an ongoing investigation into his conduct and despite the fact $ 90,000 was found in his freezer.

Though his Democratic opponent in the run-off election was also black, Mr. Jefferson won along racial lines. Black voters strongly supported Mr. Jefferson. Part of Mr. Jefferson’s campaign pitch was that the investigation of him is racially motivated.

It is not surprising Mr. Jefferson won. Earlier this year black voters in New Orleans, with the support of white conservatives who thought Mayor Ray Nagin’s white opponent too liberal, made the bone-headed decision to reelect the incompetent Mayor Nagin.

Reluctance by blacks to elect a white mayor in what had been a majority-black city before Katrina is understandable. However, it is clear that Mayor Nagin is not the man to get things done.

Conservative whites in New Orleans are pretty much irredeemable as voters. Liberal whites are hard to find. It is up to blacks to get it right. Black folks in New Orleans have got make a choice.

They can vote based mostly on race or they can elect the right people of whatever color to help fix New Orleans. If New Orleans blacks mess up they will get screwed time and time again. Conservatives see a “New” New Orleans with as many poor people and black people gone as possible.

So far, black voters in New Orleans are getting it wrong every time. 


December 12, 2006 - Posted by | Hurricane Katrina, Politics


  1. I don’t think the people there are getting it wrong, they’re voting for the devil they know. How many white republicans have scandal in their backgrounds? Mark Foley, Tome De Lay, that Cunningham guy in Cali.

    When white people start to get it right then make a comment about black people getting it wrong. Maybe they were voting for the guy who best represents their issues and not yours

    Comment by Nabil Al-Murabit | December 12, 2006

  2. If I wait for white voters to get it right I’ll have a long wait.

    Comment by neilaquino | December 12, 2006

  3. I think you should read this post. And then maybe re-think yours.

    Comment by PDiddie | December 12, 2006

  4. What I’m seeing from the post you suggested I read is a coalition of black voters with white Republicans. Just like with Mayor Nagin except this time in a House district that had portions outside New Orleans. I think my point still stands.

    Comment by neilaquino | December 13, 2006

  5. Neil the post stands and oj was aquitted for all the wrong reasons. The voters hate the choices they have and pick who they want. Bill Clinton got a bj in the white house and I would still vote for him over bush, I think that in new orleans the people are being told what to do and jefferson to them was the lesser of the evils. There is no great leadership in the black or the white population and until the words man and woman and black and white are not part of the conversation the leaders and the country will stay divided.

    Comment by bill brady | December 23, 2006

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