We are approaching one year after Katrina and someone still is locked into his own version of events that bear no relation to reality. In fact, if I did not know better, I would think he was reading from Spike Lee's movie script about Katrina.
The recently re-elected mayor of New Orleans is the person I am talking about. Mayor Ray Nagin is still playing the race card to deflect any blame away from him for the deaths that occurred when Katrina roared ashore and flooded the ill-managed city.
In remarks to the annual meeting of the National Association of Black Journalists, Nagin said the hurricane "exposed the soft underbelly of America as it relates to dealing with race and class. And I, to this day, believe that if that would have happened in Orange County, California, if that would have happened in South Beach, Miami, it would have been a different response."
Sorry Ray. You are dead wrong. It was you and the governor who screwed things up before Katrina came ashore. The evacuation plans you ignored that left all those school buses only a mile from the SuperDome where you allowed the poor of New Orleans to huddle, while awaiting their deaths in some cases, idle and later destroyed by flooding. It was the governor balking at turning over the National Guard to Federal control because it would demote her. It was you and the governor dawdling until Katrina was only 19 hours from landfall before you ordered a mandatory evacuation of a city that is well below sea level. It was you Ray who ordered the use of the SuperDome as a shelter while knowing it was only strong enough for a Category 3 storm and at the time Katrina was of Category 4 strength.
Look in the mirror Ray and you will see the true culprit of all those deaths and calamity that face New Orleans.