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Ray Negin should have read Roald Dahl

Mister Nizz

The Story of Prince Pondicherry and the Palace of Chocolate

The Prince of Pondicherry makes an appearance in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He tells Wonka to build him a palace entirely out of chocolate, and Wonka assures him that it will be. He ignores wonka when he is told that he should eat the palace, and when Princess Pondicherry is feeding him candies from a large box, drops of melting chocolate begin fall on his head. The palace begins to fall apart, but he and Princess Pondicherry escape covered in chocolate.

Poor Ray Negin, I fear he's out of his depth. He should have read his Willy Wonka...

Here was his comment on rebuilding New Orleans on Monday:

"I don't care what people are saying Uptown or wherever they are. This city will be chocolate at the end of the day," he said. "This city will be a majority African-American city. It's the way God wants it to be."

Hey, don't believe me, see for yourself!!

Wow, God doesn't want white people to live in New Orleans?

Of course, this isn't racially divisive at all, according to Nagin (apologizing the next day)

"How do you make chocolate? You take dark chocolate, you mix it with white milk, and it becomes a delicious drink. That is the chocolate I am talking about," he said. "New Orleans was a chocolate city before Katrina. It is going to be a chocolate city after. How is that divisive? It is white and black working together, coming together and making something special."

Again, see Mayor Negin's inept cover-up remarks (note: he's wearing the same shirt, so it must have been relatively shortly afterwards that he figured he'd put his foot in his mouth... or mor appropriately, one of his aides told him he had blown it)

Frankly, this is the stupidest, most inept blunder I've ever witnessed in a public official-- and it's likely to cost New Orleans quite a lot of money, maybe even millions. What planet is Negin from where he thinks that whites wouldn't take offense to blatant racial insensitivity?

Well, what the heck, Marion Barry got away with it back in 1994, why can't Ray Negin get away with it in 2006? A savvy, big city mayor like Negin needs to bring his A game during days like this. Shame on him, and shame on him for lying to get out of trying to explain his gaffe, too.