Mayor Ray Nagin’s comments made yesterday about New Orleans becoming a “chocolate” city again have been met with raised eyebrows. And like any typical liberal, Nagin came out today to apologize for his statements, saying he never intended to offend anyone (video). Here’s what he said on MLK day:
“It’s time for us to rebuild New Orleans, the one that should be a chocolate New Orleans, and I don’t care what people are saying uptown wherever they are, this city will be chocolate at the end of the day. This city will be a majority African-American city — it’s the way God wants it to be.”
Later when he was asked to explain just what he meant by the term ‘chocolate’, Nagin back-pedaled.
“Do you know anything about chocolate? How do you make chocolate? You take dark chocolate, you mix it with white milk and it becomes a delicious drink.”
Nagin insisted his remarks were not divisive.
“New Orleans was a chocolate city before Katrina. It’s going to be a chocolate city after. How is that divisive? It’s white and black working together, coming together to make something special.”
This excuse is laughable. I for one don’t believe Ray Nagin in the least. What he said on MLK day was what he believed. Just watch him as he’s making his statement. Is this a man making an off the cuff remark? Did he immediately correct himself and explain what he meant? No, of course not. It wasn’t until the uproar became apparent that Nagin decided he needed to clarify his message. And how does he do that? By explaining how chocolate milk is made. Unbelievable.
Let’s hope and pray that the people of New Orleans (those who are left) do the right thing in April and send Ray Nagin packing. The Big Easy can do without the man.