September 08, 2005

Jesse Lee Peterson blames Nagin & Blanco for NOLA disaster

Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson of the Los Angeles-based Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny (BOND) has suggested that both New Orleans Mayor
Ray Nagin and Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco as the culprits in the ongoing blame-game in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

"This is a terrible situation and we need to have compassion. The truth is Black people died not because of President Bush or racism, they died because of their unhealthy dependence on the government and the incompetence of Mayor Ray Nagin and Governor Kathleen Blanco," said Rev. Peterson.

Peterson [continued], "If Black folks want to blame someone for this tragedy they only need to look in the mirror. Mayor Nagin has blamed everyone else except himself. The Mayor failed in his duty to evacuate and protect the people of New Orleans. Our prayers go out to the families of the deceased. Hopefully this will help Black people realize the folly of depending on the government or leaders and serve as a notice to avert future tragedies in other cities."

This is behind the accusations of malfeasance by Nagin directed toward Blanco, and similar charges levied in the other direction by Blanco.

Some sources in Louisiana point toward an ongoing animosity between the two officials, stemming from Nagin's support of Republican Congressional candidate (and ultimately the winner of the US Congressional race from Louisiana) Bobby Jindal. But could political infighting end up being the cause of so many deaths in New Orleans?

Posted by mhking at September 8, 2005 12:15 PM | TrackBack

When NO is rebuilt, they'd better pass a new law: In order to live in the "bowl", a person must prove that they have both the means to evacuate when ordered and insurance to cover all possesions lost to wind, water, fire & looting. Also, anyone living in the bowl must sign a contract with the local authorities promising to evacuate at the first hint of a tropical depression forming in the Atlantic. If they violate that contract, they can be billed for their rescue similar to the "stupid motorist" laws in the west (stupid motorist=people crossing flooded washes needing rescue are given a traffic ticket and billed for the rescue).

Posted by: OddBrian at September 8, 2005 02:05 PM

This is a refreshing response - and it applies to all Amercian Citizens. Our family doesn't expect the Federal Government to hold our hands or send us a helicopter with our name painted on the side. Do we expect our tax dollars to work? Yes. Do we think the current administration is without fault? Uh - no way. Do we think there is any such thing as "The Perfect Political Party"? Heck no.

This country was founded on personal initiative and responsibility. Our country has made many mistakes along the way. But as individuals, we are each responsible for our own actions.

Our family has taken the initiative to get educated, to work hard, and to prepare are own emergency and survival kits.

Personal responsibility.

Posted by: Lisa A at September 8, 2005 04:24 PM

I agree that Nagin and Blanco are to blame and I am from Louisiana (north) but you hit the nail on the head. Thanks

Posted by: Brenda Fletcher at September 28, 2005 10:58 AM

Maybe blame should be avoided altogether. Real men and women admit their shortcomings. Right now it is still the time to heal the ill, house the homeless, and feed the hungry. If we focused on the needs of people, and quit blameing eachother for this 'natural disaster' we would find solutions to the problems so many face. If we can not forgive, then we will find ourselves with more problems then the people of the Gulf Coast face today.

Posted by: Andy McClure at September 30, 2005 12:01 PM

Jesse Lee Peterson is a man that could lead places like New Orleans out of the dark ages. He has the guts to say what has to be said to bring New Orleans into the modern world. He should be awarded a medal for his courage in stepping up for right and not saying what he has been told is right. He has his own mind and that is what we all need to see in our leadership. Thank you
Rev. Peterson

Posted by: Al at October 4, 2005 03:09 AM

So whats happend to those people in Texas? Was is easy for them to avoid the storm?

Just place yourself in the other person’s shoes for a second. You live in a middle class to lower class community. A storm is coming and there is a possibility things might get ugly. You keep an ear to the ground and watch the news to see what should be done. At the last moment there is a call for evacuation and your family doesn’t own a car. In fact even if you did own a car your probably would have a hard time filling your tank at the gas stations because of the rush. So you get caught in the storm. Normal routes out of the city are washed off the map. You are instructed to go to the dome and the convention center and you are left there for five days, without food, water, medicine, or any form of outside communication.

Now pick another major city… New York maybe. Where most of the people in that’s city do not own cars of have a drivers permit. If an evacuation call was made, those people would not be able to make it without the support of their country. Just as those caught in the Tsunami victims, just as those at 911. But in after the hurricane, there was no support. So before you make a comment about people needing to prove that they can evacuate, put yourself in their shoes. How do the elderly evacuate? How do you empty and entire hospital in 15 feet of water when the levy breaks?

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