New Orleans is sometimes called “The City that care forgot” though no one quite knows who coined that term and for what purpose. The earliest reference we have of it being used is in the 1938 New Orleans City Guide1. Fast forward to 2013 and it is clear that Care has certainly forsaken the city but violent crime has not. Just this week the violent rape & robbery of a Garden District woman2, in front of her home, has spread fear, outrage and something else not seen since Archie Manning wore a Saints jersey: courage.
Who Dats, having been flogged by hurricanes, recessions and northern journalists for alleged neglect of their beloved city may have finally had enough. Where once the reaction to heinous crimes like the one mentioned above was “I am outta here… moving to the Nortshore as soon as I can find a place!” We are instead hearing “I’m not moving. I’d rather fight with the thugs and turn them in” and “[t]ime to take back our city and street[s]”3.
Of course taking back cities from the government created, larcenous zombies will not be easy, mainly because we’re still creating zombies faster than Zapps™ potato chips. There’s also the danger that while the NOLA media thinks its chic for residents to “get tough on crime” their version of “tough” does not include things like “stand your ground” laws. Imagine the righteous, indignant, outrage the Picayune’s writers and local television news anchors will display the first time an armed citizen goes George Zimmerman on an attacker4. We’ll hear nothing of the thousands of dead and maimed from the last 3 decades. Only the “racism” and “injustice” of doing to the criminal element what it seeks to do to you.
Still, if the City has a chance of revival form its RESIDENTS then it will take a reversal of “The City that care forgot” to “The City that crime forgot”.