Friday, April 21, 2006

Shantytowns

I don't even know what to say:
To be sure, the shantytowns could bring socioeconomic costs. Yet crime, lack of safety, and racial tension were all features of New Orleans ex ante. The city has long thrived as more dangerous than average, more multicultural than average, and more precarious than average for the United States. And people who decide the cheap housing isn't safe enough will be free to look elsewhere—or remain in Utah with their insurance checks. Shantytowns might well be more creative than a dead city core. Some of the best Brazilian music came from the favelas of Salvador and Rio. The slums of Kingston, Jamaica, bred reggae. New Orleans experienced its greatest cultural blossoming in the early 20th century, when it was full of shanties. Low rents make it possible to live on a shoestring, while the population density blends cultural influences. Cheap real estate could make the city a desirable place for struggling artists to live. The cultural heyday of New Orleans lies in the past. Katrina rebuilding gives the city a chance to become an innovator once again.
I really hope this person isn't serious. If this is serious, if this is what is passing for what the rest of the country -- for what intellectuals -- think is best for New Orleans, then I will be consumed with incandescent rage brighter than a thousand suns.
Sure, it's okay for niggers and wetbacks low-cost laborers to live in unsafe, unsupported shanteys. Hey, either live there or stay in Utah. Besides, you ethnics always make such great music when you're poor; I heard some at the House of Blues last year. Now, your cultural heyday lies on the past; it's all over for you ethnics, unless the deplorable conditions and the lack of human compassion and understanding make you innovate. Anywho, I'll be up at the Big House -- no spiritual singing after midnight!
I can't even be sarcastic about it without getting sick. You Americans are right to not want Louisiana to be rebuilt, to fear our recovery and mock our halting efforts to right ourselves. Because if we do recover, if we do get strong, if we can be better than we were, then we might just come looking for your classless, racist, condescending hateful pasty fat asses and LIGHT YOU THE FUCK UP.

(Via http://confederacyofduncesusa.com/2006/04/shantytowns.html Confederacy of Dunces USA.)

1 Comments:

Anonymous Polimom said...

I'm having a lot of trouble digesting that article. I keep thinking ... "It must be satire... right?"

4/21/2006 02:56:00 PM  

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