Breitbart reported Mayor Ray Nagin suggested Monday that Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and other storms were a sign that "God is mad at America" and at black communities, too, for tearing themselves apart with violence and political infighting. "Surely God is mad at America. He sent us hurricane after hurricane after hurricane, and it's destroyed and put stress on this country," Nagin, who is black, said as he and other city leaders marked Martin Luther King Day. "Surely he doesn't approve of us being in Iraq under false pretenses.
I doubt God is upset at us for liberating Iraq from an oppressive dictator; if he sent the hurricanes to punish, it was to punish New Orleans for the debauchery, as he punished Sodom and Gomorrah.But surely he is upset at black America also. We're not taking care of ourselves." Nagin also promised that New Orleans will be a "chocolate" city again.
What would happen if a white politician referred to a city with a majority of black as a "chocolate" city?Many of the city's black neighborhoods were heavily damaged by Katrina. "It's time for us to come together. It's time for us to rebuild New Orleans -- the one that should be a chocolate New Orleans," the mayor said. "This city will be a majority African American city. It's the way God wants it to be.
What would happen if a white politician said God wanted a city to be a majority white city? If Mayor Nagin wants New Orleans to attract blacks, he should work to create jobs to attract them.You can't have New Orleans no other way. It wouldn't be New Orleans."
Sister Toldjah blogged The question remains: when are people going to call Nagin to task for his comments regarding God and whether or not He is happy with America? Now I know some may think “Who cares? He’s a mayor - he doesn’t help set policy outside if his city and what he says doesn’t affect me one way or the other.” But the fact remains that he is a well-known mayor now thanks to his handling (or shall I say lack thereof) of pre and post Hurricane Katrina. Also, when will he be taken to task for calling for a “chocolate New Orleans”? Can you imagine a white mayor calling for a “vanilla [insert city name here]”? The howls of outrage would be heard around the world.
La Shawn Barber blogged I wonder if the wrath of the leftist media, the godless (and Democrats), and non-Bible-reading Christians (including bloggers) will rain down on New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin for that statement the way they do every time Pat Robertson (and Jerry Falwell) opens his mouth? If I were a betting woman, I’d wager they’ll give him a pass. How about you? I challenge all bloggers (and journalists) who criticized Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell for “divine retribution” statements to jump on New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin for making similar statements.
Betsy blogged Mayor Nagin strays into Pat Robertson territory with his claims to be able to intuit God's will. Apparently, God is mad at New Orleans because we're in Iraq and that's why he sent Katrina. And, it seems that God also has preferences on the racial make-up of cities. Who knew? Can you imagine if a white politician claimed to know that the Lord wanted a city to be majority white?