A New New Orleans?

April 16, 2006

The political landscape of New Orleans may change dramatically with their upcoming local elections. For the first time since the 1950s, the majority of the voters may be white.

This will be the most important election in New Orleans’ history. Yet civil rights advocates, legal experts and researchers warn that not nearly enough has been done to protect against the disenfranchisement of New Orleans residents — a majority of them African-American and from poorer neighborhoods ravaged by Katrina.

According to John Logan, a professor of sociology at Brown University, more than twice as many blacks as whites were displaced out of state after Katrina. Logan headed a study released in January that found that New Orleans could lose up to 80 percent of its black population if residents displaced by Katrina were unable to return to their neighborhoods.

Logan’s research included the Current Population Survey released by the U.S. Department of Commerce in December, which showed that an estimated 102,000 African-Americans outside Louisiana were eligible to vote, compared with 48,000 whites. The number of blacks scattered within the state drops to an estimated 31,000, compared with 92,000 whites.

To date, there have only been 17000 absentee ballot requests.

Hurricane Katrina and FEMA’s inability to help return victims get back to their neighborhoods may have unfortunately done the social engineering that racist like David Duke have been trying to do for years.


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