“New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin said over the weekend, “Anybody who’s caught looting in the city of New Orleans will go directly to Angola [Louisiana State Penitentiary]. You will not have a temporary stay in the city. You go directly to the big house, in general population.”
Considering that many of the so called looters after Katrina, were fighting for their lives, and considering that the media had color-coded looters, with white residents classified as heroes, the implications of Nagin’s dictate is chilling. It’s horrifying to think that they could be laying their head in the former slave plantation known as Angola.”
I lived and worked in New Orleans for a time, and there is a magic in the people and the culture there that is indescribable. At the same time, I’ve never seen such rampant political corruption. I’m glad to hear that as of now there were no deaths related to Gustav, and my heart goes out to the people there not only for dealing with the threat of natural disaster time and time again, but for also having to deal with the the dangers and effects of corrupt institutional bureaucracy for so long.