I first brought you the story of the demolition of low-income housing in New Orleans in this post: https://inkslwc.wordpress.com/2007/12/14/low-income-housing-in-new-orleans-to-be-demolished/. Now I come to you with an update (quotes and pictures from CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/12/20/neworleans.protests/)…
On Thursday, the City Council with Mayor Ray Nagin’s strong commendation (a smart move for once on his party) unanimously decided to demolish the old and dangerously damaged low-income housing that was damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Many people opposed the decision because they think that the city will not replace it with as affordable housing, essentially pushing the poor people out (so they’d be pushing poor people out of a moldy and hazardous building onto the streets – ok, I don’t see much difference here).
Anyway, around 11:00 A.M., several protesters were escorted out of the City Council’s chambers after some fights broke out (wait, is this New Orleans or Detroit? Oh – sorry – in Detroit it’s the members of the council who punch each other, not the audience). A half hour later, a mob formed and wanted to be let in to the Council building, even though the chamber’s maximum capacity of 278 had been reached.
Superintendent of the N.O.P.D. Warren J. Riley said, “They were pulling the gate open, trying to come in. They were allowed to stand there and protest peacefully. Then they began to try and tear the gate down. They punched a couple of civil sheriffs in the face. They broke the gate open. So, some of those officers did use Mace to defend themselves and also to regain control of the gate and close the gate. It was clear that there were people there that had one goal in mind and that was to be disruptive, be disobedient and in some cases to actually start a physical confrontation.”
On the other hand, Peter O’Connell, a student from New Orleans said, “We were just trying to gain access to the City Council meeting, which we all feel and know that we have a right to attend. We were denied access and, in the process, brutalized by the police,” after being pepper sprayed and nearly TASERed. Sure you have the right to attend, if you’re the first 278 people there. But you don’t have a right to break down a gate. And don’t they broadcast these things on TV?
So – it’s obvious that these people in New Orleans are nothing but trouble makers and I honestly don’t see why the City Council would even care about giving them housing when they aren’t even civilized enough to not tear down a gate and start a fight in a City Council meeting.
Again – I say that the damaged parts of New Orleans need to be demolished and not rebuilt – it’s another disaster waiting to happen. But if they do rebuild, they should allow for the same arrangements as was there before – just better kept – but if the people of New Orleans continue to act like this – I wouldn’t give them anything other than what the Constitution (state and federal) tells me I HAVE to give them.
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