Wednesday, December 28, 2005

More tears for New Orleans

I spent three years in New Orleans, and I am in love with the city. I am devastated that it will never be exactly as I remember it. But if New Orleans must change, lets change it for the better.

For all of its native creative greatness, this city has very serious and very deep cultural and racial problems. Corruption in government and law enforcement is sideshow entertainment in the minds of far too many citizens.

Here is the latest example. New Orleans police blow away a man yielding a knife, despite outnumbering him several to one. The situation was under control. The police were white, the man was black. Why not shoot him in the leg? Why not use a taser? Why? Well, I guess its just easier to blow him away.

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