60 Minutes on Ray Nagin

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on August 28, 2006

I carry no brief for New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. I think he is like far too many politicians (the majority of the San Diego City Council in recent years included) who just go-along to get along and don't take their responsibilities seriously.

Having said that, last night's "60 Minutes" broadcast included a bit that reinforces my belief that African-Americans have a serious problem with racism and bigotry within their own community.

Correspondent Byron Pitts interviewed LSU professor of African American history Leonard Moore who is coming out with a new book on Nagin: "An Oreo in Chocolate City."

Nagin deserves just about all the criticism he gets, but if whites or asians or Hispanics used similar terms, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and their cohort would be screaming bloody murder.

0 comments on “60 Minutes on Ray Nagin”

  1. The problem is deeper than his choice of words in the title. Instead of seeing him as a horrible mayor who wont do his job or take responsibility, he frames Nagin's problems as racial ones.

  2. Mr. Hoy, we have known for a very long time that 1) blacks have a major problem with hating other races, and use derogatory and racist terms to label other people, and 2) they scream their heads off when even 1/1000th of that is done to them.

    I cannot understand why the likes of Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and others, who have mouthed the foulest anti-Semitic and anti-white comments, are allowed to speak without anyone questioning them on their racism, or that the Democrat Party allows them to campaign.

    My take? There is a great fear amongst Dems that Al and Jesse will take their votes and go home if called on their racism. However, that is 1/2 of the Party. The other half believes that blacks, as a minority, have some right to use racist statements and not be penalized. However, Hispanics are a minority, Asians are a minority, Jews are a super minority, yet show me where anyone from these communities would be allowed to use anti-black comments and get away with it.

    Black racists have been treated with kid gloves - both by the media and politicians - for a very long time. That Ned Lamont should have three of the worst bigoted blacks next to him when he won the primary (I am including Maxine Waters here), and get away with it, shows the state of racism in America. It is pathetic and disgusting.


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