I think more often than not, in the current psyche of the average American, we confuse the semantics of “race” with “culture”.
Someone once said “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” We witnessed that first hand on a national level for the past 8 years. In our case (New Orleans) I would say, quite often, racism could supplant patriotism in that adage.
This city is crippled by its bombastic perception of race. It’s not actually racism, it’s the perception of race and the confusion created by those invoking racial sentiments.
I think every city in this nation deals with issues of “race” in some form or another,it’s just that in New Orleans, it tends to pervade and eventually destroy everything we do.
I have said before that every problem our nation faces today is present and amplified in New Orleans. Go and read the whole thing.