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Rich whites: no poor people in the New New Orleans

Raw Story has an eye-opening, but not shocking, excerpt from the WSJ. The bigoted rich white folks are talking about the neat cleansing of of the poor from New Orleans with this tragedy, and are looking forward to rebuilding again with a definite change in demographics – a white majority – and regained political control of the city.

You know what? They will probably get what they wish for.

“The power elite of New Orleans — whether they are still in the city or have moved temporarily to enclaves such as Destin, Fla., and Vail, Colo. — insist the remade city won’t simply restore the old order. New Orleans before the flood was burdened by a teeming underclass, substandard schools and a high crime rate. The city has few corporate headquarters.

“The new city must be something very different, Mr. Reiss says, with better services and fewer poor people. “Those who want to see this city rebuilt want to see it done in a completely different way: demographically, geographically and politically,” he says. “I’m not just speaking for myself here. The way we’ve been living is not going to happen again, or we’re out.”

Not every white business leader agrees, Cooper notes.

“Some black leaders and their allies in New Orleans fear that it boils down to preventing large numbers of blacks from returning to the city and eliminating the African-American voting majority. Rep. William Jefferson, a sharecropper’s son who was educated at Harvard and is currently serving his eighth term in Congress, says, “This is an example of poor people forced to make choices because they don’t have the money to do otherwise,” Mr. Jefferson says.

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