Why Nagin beat Juvenile

class=img_thumbleft>The new reconstructionwatch.org blog (from the Institute for Southern Studies and its Facing South publication) already has a number of pieces of essential reading, including a report on why New Orleans isn't hurricane-ready (see also levees.org 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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