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Race is the single most divisive issue facing the city and is at the heart of most of its problems. Race has become a polarizing issue for the region and the country as well. If we use the opportunity thrust upon us by Katrina, and make some headway on this mega-issue we may yet build something useful on the debris left by this storm. The country could get some value out of its $100 billion investment.

It is an overwhelmingly negative issue with few if any redeeming qualities. Even raising the issue is distasteful. Advocacy is intense and little middle ground is allowed ("sitting on the fence can be uncomfortable"). On race you are expected to be an extremist.

This issue is bigger than levees and the wetlands put together.

  • Black History? : February is Black History month. Public school students are encouraged to wear costumes, sing songs and dance dances evocative of African culture. Is this Black History? :: Continue reading...
  • Civil Rights Laws : Why has it taken so many tries to get it right? Is it right? :: Continue reading...
  • Discrimination : Discrimination is a survival trait honed over the millenia. Humans have had to be able to distinguish food from poison, prey from predators, friend from foe, mates from mismatches, good from bad. :: Continue reading...
  • Ethnicity : New Orleans is a city of immigrants. With a mild climate and a laid back European attitude toward life the city attracts and holds a distinct type of American: :: Continue reading...
  • Overcoming Racism : How do you change the way people feel and act towards each other? :: Continue reading...

  • So what's up with media race reporting. They tiptoe around the subject like it didn't exist or somehow it was all a settled issue. Take the crime reports for example. They hardly ever tell you the race of the victim or the suspect. You can sometimes figure it our for yourself from the names provided or the neighborhoods involved.

    Even worse read through the police provided Most Wanted Lists. You'll see a black and white picture which is usually enough to discern race. They they give you the vital information on the suspect. Height, weight, date of birth, eye color, hair color are all provided. Why not skin color?

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