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We all sink or swim together

Posted by schroeder915 on December 11, 2006

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Karen Carter won the 2nd Congressional District runoff in Orleans Parish, west of the Industrial Canal.

Why?

Because that’s the base of support for the reforms of state and local government. Organizations like Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans spawned a renaissance of better, more responsive, more transparent, more accountable, and more effective government, from this area of the city.

Who benefits from those reforms?

Everyone! Including you numbskulls on the Jefferson Parish West Bank who have the worst levees in the region. Guess what Jefferson Parish: You’re way, way behind the curve as far as government reform goes. Take a look at the guy running the Parish, and your chief law enforcement officer. Transparent? Effective? Accountable?

If that damned hurricane moved ashore just 20 miles west of Waveland, you’d have been sunk — literally! You almost bit the bullet with Hurricane Rita. As it was, some of your homes did flood from drainage canal overflows. And that rough-shod privately built Harvey Canal was ready to spill over when Hurricane Rita hit.

By cynically voting for the guy with marked bills in his freezer, you’ve hurt all of us. The entire nation is looking at the way you cynically voted for Dollar Bill, overlooking the fact that we’re the ones doing all the heavy lifting. In the end, we’re all being punished by the rest of the nation because of the way you voted.

Think again about where your priorities are West Bank. The same goes for all of you people out there in Kenner.

We all sink or swim together. Maybe it’s time for West Bankers to learn how to swim.

Related:

“Mommy and daddy, why did you vote for the crook?”

Let’s talk about the racial thing, again

Cynicism wins in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana loses

Your Right Hand Thief — Thanks Best Bank!

Update:

Algiers vote:

Karen Carter: 2,201 (precincts on average 70 percent white)
Bill Jefferson: 2,815 (precincts on average 72 percent black)

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14 Responses to “We all sink or swim together”

  1. Ray said

    It still looks to me like voting patterns in Algiers mimicked those of East Bank Orleans. Can we more accurately target the invective to West Jeff rather than the West Bank as a whole? As a native Algereen, I hate being lumped in with Gretna and Harvey and Marrero.

  2. charleyana said

    Maybe it’s time for you to start saying “JP Westbankers” ! Or is the WB to ignorant in general for ya?
    TM

  3. You’re right. Maybe I should alter the post, but I don’t have the vote totals for Algiers yet. There are some pretty bright red patches mixed in there, so I don’t want to jump to conclusions. In any event, when I say “West Bank,” I don’t mean Algiers as much as I mean Jefferson Parish. When I talk about the West Bank, Algiers, I usually just say Algiers. I’ll crunch those Algiers numbers and follow up in the next couple of days.

  4. Ray said

    The blue areas in Algiers and English Turn roughly match up with the predominantly white sections, just like on the East Bank of Orleans.

    when I say “West Bank,” I don’t mean Algiers as much as I mean Jefferson Parish

    Yeah, I know, and you’re not the only one. Us Algereens hate that shit. 😉

  5. ashley said

    Any chance for a gerrymander…er…redistricting any time soon?

  6. gbitch said

    The blue areas in Algiers and English Turn roughly match up with the predominantly white sections, just like on the East Bank of Orleans.

    Ray, it also matches up to the least damaged areas (mostly). And the areas where folks were able (financially, etc.) to come back (either to a house or a decent-paying job).

    I’d like to see how it adds up population-wise. Carter took NOEast but how many votes?

    Did I see in the Times-Pic, online (or was it a dream) about a poll taken in Orleans and Jefferson parishes about people’s fear of crime, how safe they felt. Orleans had the higher crime rate but Jefferson residents had the greatest fear of and perception of crime (their neighborhood/area not safe, etc.). What about that, Schroeder?

  7. “it also matches up to the least damaged areas (mostly)”

    Visually, this would seem to be true, but there are some bright blue spots in highly affected areas as well (Broadmoor, Gentilly, Lakefront, Mid City).

    I don’t have the data in front of me, but I think another factor is a higher density of people living in the dry areas, and a higher level of education. I don’t think Carter won in New Orleans East. It was probably split closer to 50-50 though, than it was in Jefferson Parish. I talked to someone yesterday who lives there, who voted for Carter, and who expressed her exasperation at others who were voting for Jefferson.

    One factor that I’m not hearing anyone talk about (which I might if I have time) is the negative impact on voter turnout of fewer polling places, and still-displaced residents.

    Subjectively, yes GB, I’d say you’re right about the exaggerated perception versus reality in JP — *and* in Orleans. I also suspect, however, that if you live in an area that is adjacent to the uptick in violent crimes and a higher prevalence of drug activity, your perception may not be as exaggerated. Reality has a way of smacking you in the face when you least expect it, and while some might accuse the media of fueling perceptions, I think an open discussion about media coverage of crime might reveal that the press is a mere reflection of the community.

  8. I still say that Jefferson didn’t get the black turnout that he needed to win. I keep harping on it because future elections may depend on why the turnout was so low even among the levee board and assessor consolidation crowd. If she couldn’t get enough of those voters to bring the white turnout up to 30%, it’s important to know why.

  9. One mystey solved, the boys over at Ernie the Attorney stumbled onto why the education system sucks. Check it out.

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  11. G Bitch said

    I also suspect, however, that if you live in an area that is adjacent to the uptick in violent crimes and a higher prevalence of drug activity, your perception may not be as exaggerated. Reality has a way of smacking you in the face when you least expect it, and while some might accuse the media of fueling perceptions, I think an open discussion about media coverage of crime might reveal that the press is a mere reflection of the community.

    Which part of Jefferson is adjacent to Central City? Where’s the uptick of crime in Lakeview, which is adjacent to Jefferson parish? The local news sticks to its murder-fire-crash format for reasons other than serving or “reflecting” the community or the “wants” of viewers. Crime makes an easy story that takes little time and gives good visuals. (Do not ignore the racial nature of those visuals and the racism revealed and fueled, especially in areas built by white flight.) When you do not understand that, it can seem like the world is coming to an end even though the murders are several miles, and, realistically, worlds, away. Panic leads to false logic. It is not all rational and that is my point. And without a few drops of reason, we will all, together, as a region, continue to be totally fucked.

  12. Yes, I share those thoughts with you, but should people just ignore the crimes that occur somewhere else in the city? Or is violent crime a cancer which can metastasize to other parts of the body — a sign that parts of the body aren’t healthy, and that we as a society should be choosing to change the behavior which created the illness in the first place, with better schools, life-skills training, moral example, and career opportunities.

    Innocent residents who think they’re nowhere near high crime areas do get guns put in their faces, get shot, get murdered. Some of what the media reflects as fear is absolutely justified.

    Should we panic every time we get on an airplane, when the chances of being in an accident are far greater in a car? Of course not, but the consequences of a plane crash are far more terrifying and certain than those of a car crash. I’d rather take my chances in a car crash.

    Should we panic about crime in other parts of the city? Of course not, but it sure would be an awful thing to be one of the statistically insignificant ones who get caught up in it. Furthermore, it’s a symptom of an unhealthy society.

    What might be interesting to explore is how people in Jefferson Parish choose to address crime problems — or their perceptions of crime problems — versus how people in Orleans Parish address crime. Do Jefferson residents run away from it, and put up walls and use undue force to keep it away, whereas Orleans residents live with it and try to address the disease? That’s where I think one can find a more distinct difference. That’s one of the underlying differences between “conservatives” and “liberals”, and between less-educated and more-educated classes of people. And we know Jefferson is a Republican stronghold, whereas Orleans is a Democratic stronghold. Or am I just making sweeping generalizations?

  13. G Bitch said

    “Sweeping generalizations”–part of the problem is how they are used and what “logic” is used. Far too often, the logic is missing, the facts ignored, blame laid where it is easiest. Ignore crime? No. Ignore where it is occurring, why and to whom? No. There is always random crime but to live your life around that is impossible and can be crippling and distorting, intellectually mostly.

  14. Bobby Hebert said

    Last year when Jewish settlers were moved out of gaza Bush compensated each one of the homeowners, a minimum of, $150,000 each. This was after the so-called settlers broke windows and ripped the wiring out of their former homes so, as one Israeli said, “So those Palestinian dogs can’t use this house.”

    Israeli farmers recieved payments of up to two million dollars for their land.

    Compare that with New Orleans where residents were told to apply for loans.When they did, about 95% were turned down. Does that piss you off?

    Maybe New Orleans should get the Israeli lobby to talk to their little lapdog, G.W. Bush.

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