Why Nagin beat Juvenile

class=img_thumbleft>The new


blog (from the

Institute for Southern Studies

and its

Facing South

publication) already has a number of pieces of essential reading, including a


on why New Orleans isn't hurricane-ready (see also


to do something about this apalling situation, as well as the Army Corps of Engineers' recent

admission of responsibility

for the failed levees) and an

analysis of why Ray Nagin

won the New Orleans election despite the popular distrust

echoed by rapper Juvenile

and others:

It was the deliberate efforts of the white elite and their supporters to take control of city government and prevent poor African Americans from returning that created the racial fear and distrust that sent black voters into Nagin's camp. It was white people, not blacks, who got Ray Nagin elected.

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