Some of what was reported right after Katrina was so racially biased, it became nearly impossible to sort distortions from reality. The “incident” on the bridge (when evacuees from the city were kept from entering the West Bank) is an excellent example. That event was so incendiary, and people were so completely terrified, that I’ve reserved judgment barring further information.
Thanks to this illuminating little article, I’ve come off the fence.
Uproar raised over trailer park
Bar N.O. residents, West Jeff people say
Isn’t this just too special? Communities all over the country have reached out to help folks from New Orleans… but their immediate neighbors don’t want “them”.
During the meeting, another resident was more blunt, yelling from her chair, "How do we know these people are not from the projects of Orleans?"
"Why can't they keep them in the spots they're from?" [another resident] said. "I think we all just don't know what to think. You don't know what you're getting."
Gracious! How could the reporter tell who was speaking under the robes and hoods?
If this is an accurate representation of West Jeff’s local attitudes, it certainly does put the CCC incident into focus, doesn’t it?
Update: The T-P editorials agree: The New Xenophobia.