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2006 murder rate tops in nation
Using even the most generous population estimate, New Orleans finished 2006 as by far the nation's most murderous city, with more slayings per capita than other notoriously violent cities, including Gary, Ind., and Detroit, according to statistics released Monday by the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
ok, slave_driver, peeking at your side of the city ;)
we are broken. 81 murders to date this year. i know it is bad, but how accurate is this rating? how accurate is the population count when so many people are displaced even within the city? the comments to this news story are sickening. the hate is so strong. since katrina, racism in the city has grown to epic proportions. just take a peek at the comments in the new news blog section at nola.com. why did they even add that feature? it just makes us look worse to outsiders. hell, to insiders too. it isn't all about the black population or welfare dependency. actually, per capita we have one of the lowest rates of black poverty and welfare dependency in the states. someone should write about that too.
we are a city torn apart not just by nature and the levee board, but by ourselves. i found this map quite interesting. one green dot. can you see the tourism department for criminals developing? come to our city. we may arrest you, but we won't keep you long! oh yeah, and, even if we catch you on video, say, at a car wash, shooting people full of holes, our hospitable judges will help you get out there and do it again! keep them behind bars and the rate will go down. some of these numbers are attributable to the same people doing the killings.
we are dangerously short police officers and competent prosecutors (and judges) and incredibly high on ignorant and corrupt politicians. we have drug dealers returning to the city and reestablishing turf in the absence of housing developments, so the old crime is no longer contained. chemical dependence and depression rates are higher than ever. support systems are missing. our economy is a disaster in itself. i'm not even going to touch the school systems.....
so what do we do? i think the answer isn't in city hall, it is in our neighborhoods. the citizens have to take our city back and participate actively in the rebuilding process. a few weeks ago i read somewhere that nopd fired hundreds of gunshots in a new orleans neighborhood. no one called the police. (i don't remember where i read that article, or i would link it). we are all part of the problem. if we don't, collectively, do something about it, it will only get worse. the good people will continue to leave the city, the bad will stay and invite their friends. why not? we are soft on crime.


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Jun. 6th, 2007 01:49 pm (UTC)
Well, it looks like I'm staying. Sometimes I really don't know why. There are so many reasons to leave. Like I said, I think the city has gotten in my blood. Doing well financially helps too, but I do feel a little guilty about that when most of the people I talk to around here are doing a lot worse than they were before the storm. I don't know what I can do personally about the crime problem or any of the other problems. I hope that just living here, trying to be a decent citizen, and putting money back into the economy (I've been buying locally whenever possible) will have at least some effect. I pay attention to the issues and I vote, but we seem to keep on electing the same corrupt bastards that are responsible for the shape we're in. I even find myself becoming more and more racist as each day goes by. I think Nagin was reelected because he's black, I think William (Dollar Bill) Jefferson was reelceted because he's black. I'm sick of people who are not currently living here swaying our elections. How long should we allow that to continue?

I'm not usually the type to carry picket cards or join all the marches on City Hall. We just had a march on City Hall back in January in order to try to get the city leaders to do something about this crime problem, but what good has it done? This new study shows that the march or any of the other efforts haven't affected the crime rate one bit. If anything it has gone up!

After our last conversation about New Orleans I felt kind of upbeat about the place, but all the problems you list in this post really make me question my sanity for staying here. I've always thought the long term key is education, but I once had a lady in my cab who lives in the Garden district tell her out of town guests that " down here, we don't feel that education is for the masses." On the other side of the coin I see young black kids every day who think that trying to get a good education, learning to speak proper English is somehow sucking up to the white man! I see them ridicule their peers who strive to get an education. On one hand you've got an aristocrasy that doesn't want to give the lower classes an education, and on the other hand, the lower classes don't want an education, even if it is offered. IT'S SO FUCKED UP! Is there anything that can be done about it? Really?

I truly don't know what to do. I don't know why I stay, other than the place has become home and I'm doing well right now. I must be crazy. On one hand you have all these problems, on the other you have good food, good music, and friendly people, sometimes. The scales are tremendously unbalanced, yet I stay anyway. Am I nuts? At least I get to take some breaks from the place. If it weren't for that I think I really would have gone crazy by now.

I know you didn't intend to do this, but reading this post has made me kind of depressed. Well, its Wednesday and I'll be going to Lafayette Square tonight to hear free music. I hope that will lift my spirits. It usually does.
Jun. 8th, 2007 02:21 pm (UTC)
I just want to appologize for that little rant. I think all of us here in New Orleans are on the brink of insanity every day. I think we all have a love hate reltionship with the city. Lately everyone seems to be on edge. It doesn't take much to punch out buttons and all of a sudden we're going off on a rant. I'm sorry I went into a rant on you.

I did go to the square on Wednesday and saw Trombone Shorty, one of the most energetic performances I've seen in a while. There were people of all races and colors out there enjoying the music and suddenly I wished I wouldn't have written my last comment to you. Music is one of the few things that New Orleans has on its side as a reason to live here. Sometimes I forget how poweful music can be. I think it's a big enough reason to stay that it negates many of the reasons to leave.

I am ready to get out of New Orleans and go up to Seattle for a while. We leave in August and return in early October. As you can probably tell from that last comment, I really need a good break from New Orleans. But I'm sure I'll be more than ready to come home by the time October arrives.

I don't think I'll ever give up entirely on New Orleans, but it sure does drive me crazy sometimes. Please forgive me for temporarily losing my mind?
Jun. 8th, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC)
don't be silly. if you can't rant to friends, who can you rant to?
we've known each other a while...your rants don't bother me at all! :)
i wish i could have gone to the park with ya'll!

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