Thursday, September 08, 2005
"The power elite of New Orleans -- whether they are still in the city or have moved temporarily to enclaves such as Destin, Fla., and Vail, Colo. -- insist the remade city won't simply restore the old order. New Orleans before the flood was burdened by a teeming underclass, substandard schools and a high crime rate. The city has few corporate headquarters.
"The new city must be something very different, Mr. Reiss says, with better services and fewer poor people. "Those who want to see this city rebuilt want to see it done in a completely different way: demographically, geographically and politically," he says. "I'm not just speaking for myself here. The way we've been living is not going to happen again, or we're out."
The Mr Reiss in question is a James Reiss, an upper class resident of New Orleans. "When New Orleans descended into a spiral of looting and anarchy, Mr. Reiss helicoptered in an Israeli security company to guard his Audubon Place house and those of his neighbors."
10,000 dead, a million homeless, tens of thousands deliberately starved so that the government could send in troops, and the evacuees aren't welcome back. Repeat after me: America doesn't have a class system; American doesn't have a class system; America doesn't have a class system... No, Toto, we're not in New Orleans any more.