Rich New Orleans cheers George Bush?!?!

Even Fox News displayed great compassion during the week after Hurricane Katrina — when the U.S. government couldn’t be bothered to bring water, blankets, food, medicine, port-a-potties, or generators to the poorest residents trapped in New Orleans because they lacked cars (but somehow managed to block — with armed soldiers — the few locations where people tried to walk out of the flooded city). So I thought that if there were one thing all Americans could agree on it’s that George W. “Heck-of-a-Job, Brownie” Bush failed New Orleans.

But New Orleans' richest residents cheered Bush!:

[W]hile New Orleans' population is two-thirds black, the fans inside the Superdome [for the Saints' NFC Championship Game] on Sunday were nearly all white.

“Economics,” said James Hutchinson, executive director of Family Advocacy and Services, based in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans. “It hurts. There are thousands and thousands of loyal African-American fans who couldn’t realistically aspire to attend. The bottom line is you’re talking anywhere between $300 to $1,000 for a ticket. Given the disparities, the lack of equitable economic opportunities, that’s not going to happen.

“New Orleans developed along a plantation’s and farmer’s economy,” Hutchinson said. “There’s a lack of meaningful participation in many mainstream private businesses. Money is closely held, passed along through inheritance. Even before Katrina, it was a tale of two cities – one of the nicest cities if you have money. One of the worst if you don’t.”

…Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner, declare[d] on Sunday, “There’s magic here,” talking about the Superdome. The desperate masses that flocked there during Katrina were not present in the building to watch the NFC title game. Their experience certainly was never magical.

If you needed further proof of this divide, then it came during a pregame introduction of former President Bush. Once pilloried for his approach to the Katrina catastrophe in 2005, Bush was heartily cheered at the Superdome – which tells you all you need to know about the crowd’s demographics.

Posted by James on Tuesday, January 26, 2010