I’m not chocolate dot com
LOL. Someone (I haven’t bothered to try to find out who, ’cause I really don’t care) has already put ImNotChocolate.com online. I”m not sure which is funnier: the site, the response, or the speed with which it was set up.
I wasn’t too bothered by the chocolate comments myself, I found the “God’s punishment” language much more troubling. Perhaps because this isn’t the first time that “chocolate” has been used to describe the racial makeup of the city. If I remember correctly, way back in October or late September someone (perhaps even Ray himself) used it to say something to the effect of “New Orleans isn’t a black city or a white city, it’s a chocolate city.” That’s not the exact quote, of course. And, after searching Google I haven’t come up with it.
I’m of the opinion that the divide in New Orleans is not racial per se, but economic. Given the high correlation between the two, it’s understandable that many people fail to make the distinction. Everyone can bitch all they want about not wanting this or that “element” back in town, but markets are self-correcting. My prediction: not only will any attempt to artificially skew the population of a city the size of New Orleans fail, it will fail miserably and will bring about all sorts of unintended negative consequences.