Thursday, January 10, 2008

Sittin On My Porch Part IV



Since Mardi Gras is quickly approaching, this blog is dedicated to Professor Longhair. I know you young cats like to ignore heritage but check out the video at the bottom.






When I was a little boy there was no cable in the Ninth Ward. I would put on my Spiderman pajamas, stick socks in the shoulders for pads and listen to Jim Hawthorne call LSU football games on my AM radio while I ran back and forth. Back then it was all about Dalton Hilliard, Gary James, and Eric Martin. I am going to enjoy LSU winning the national championship. This is the best consolation price you can have when the Saints choke.

I see the Hornets worked a new lease deal that will allow them to leave after 2009 if fan support doesn’t get better. The Hornets need to average over 14,000 fans a game to save the team. Where so I sign up to volunteer for the moving team? There is no way this is going to happen. Suburban folks in the New Orleans area like football, football, baseball and football. If the Hornets do leave I think all the blame should be placed on the Northshore. Those people drive dozens of miles everyday just to keep from living in the city. They take all the big money back and build a paradise but can’t buy a damn Hornets ticket. If they don’t want that kind of blame then they shouldn’t act all high and mighty.

Speaking of suburbanites………Don’t you hate it when you and a co-worker are having a conversation about something going on in the city and somebody who thinks they are all that because they live in some subdivision locked away from the rest of the world sticks their nose in the conversation to tell you how that doesn’t happen in Flower Gardens where they live? You just know half the kids there are making crystal meth in their garage but she wants to come and pass judgment on my hood.

She’s probably the same person that keeps leaving half eaten cans of food with the spoon still in it right in front of the refrigerator at work. One of those containers had roots and stems growing out of the fungus.

Why are there murders in The Lower Ninth Ward. This has to be criminals driving victims to the neighborhood and killing them. There is no way this can be people who live down there. There are only 20 people in the whole neighborhood. Listen, if you can’t get along now with a handful of people, what’s going to happen in the year 2050 when they finally start helping Brad Pitt to rebuild. You guys have forty years to get it together.

I am not saying this happen because he was black. I’m saying that I have been following politics since I was 11 years old and I have never seen a man lose 15 points in the polls in one day. John Kerry flip flopped everyday and didn’t lose that much ground. Kerry endorsed Obama today. If I was Obama I would pretend I didn't know about that.

The presidential race heads to South Carolina where black voters make up 49% of the Democratic vote. This means that Barak Obama and Hillary Clinton should not be able to escape issues that affect Black America like they did in Iowa and New Hampshire. They have to answer questions on poverty, black on black crime, education, and the unfair justice system. If they can’t then I say vote for John Edwards. If the black candidate runs his race without ever speaking of these issues in a specific way then how can we get mad at anyone else for not doing it.

4 comments:

Leigh C. said...

Bless you, Cliff. Things like that subdivision dweller getting all huffy about how high, mighty, and closed off his/her neighborhood is only reinforce my determination to NOT move to the north shore. People do crazy things when they're bored outta their gourds in no-crime lands. I wouldn't be surprised if said person had somebody building a homemade A-Bomb next door...

Clifton said...

You know Leigh...
I don't mind her living behind all of those trees as long as she doesn't come and get involved in my city conversation.

Another Conflict Theorist said...

"I am not saying this happen because he was black. I’m saying that I have been following politics since I was 11 years old and I have never seen a man lose 15 points in the polls in one day. John Kerry flip flopped everyday and didn’t lose that much ground. Kerry endorsed Obama today. If I was Obama I would pretend I didn't know about that."

I heard someone describe this phenomenon as "tolerance fatigue." Ask Douglas Wilder and David Dinkins about it.

GentillyGirl said...

Beautiful piece Darlin', really good.

(Notice I didn't curse like a sailor this time? LOL)

Geaux Edwards!