Gentilly Girl- a part of the 99%

June 20, 2006


Filed under: New Orleans — Tags: — Morwen Madrigal @ 7:48 pm

“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere.” –Thomas Jefferson to Abigail Adams, 1787.

I’ll tell you right now, I’m not happy with having the National Guard patrolling our city. This amounts to an ‘occupation’, and that cannot stand in our city. We are free people. We always have been.

What is happening to New Orleans is a failure of leadership, plain and simple. It is also a marginalizing of the common folks and our history. This cannot stand.

We are faced with carpetbaggers again, and just like in the 19th Century, many of them are from here. No mas.

New Orleans belongs to New Orleans. Without this city and it’s people, this nation would never have achieved it’s greatness. Our sacrifices created the most powerful country on earth. Where else in this country can you find a populace that can state that?

You can’t.

I have uncles on the Atlantic seafloor from WWI, and in all oceans from WWII. There are many shrimping vessels on the bottom of the Gulf, carrying my people, all in the name of feeding a country. For almost 300 years the folks of New orleans have been standing on the edge of a continent less than 1,000 years old, defying the odds. We, or our children, will be here for centuries more.
The odds were in our favor before the the Feds and the oil companies started thier crap. Now we must fight a rearguard action. The oil fucks destroyed our wetlands, and the Corps turned our city into a freakin’ bowl with MRGO aimed at our heart. We have been losing for over 50 years. This also cannot stand.

This place must take control of it’s destiny. Must learn to be independant and forceful. Become a power, because we ARE a power in this nation. We need to stand.

We are part of the Isle d’Orleans. We were bought, not conquered. Our ancestors were taken, and their descendants were raped. No more.

Our culture is OUR culture. Screw “American” values. We ARE NOT Modern America… we are the free people of the Gulf Coast. Ours is ours. This is our world, not theirs. This is our oil, our sea life, and it’s time for the rest of the country to give us some respect.

We are not slaves to the rest of the country. We will not be ‘used’ and abused any longer. To paraphrase Ayn Rand:

“If you saw Atlas, the giant that supports the Earth upon his shoulders, and the harder he tries to stand erect, the harder the world bears down upon him… he sweats and tries to keep things aright. What would you tell him?

I’d tell him to shrug.”

You know where I’m going…

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