Fortune magazines’ cover story this month is about New Orleans. Aside from the fact that Fortune managed to snap photos for the cover, a table of contents image, and 20 pages of text while only capturing one black face, the article promises to have some interesting information. Those Fortune photographers should get the annual White Wash Award in Media for 2006. Perhaps the editors felt it best to spare their readers from making the connections between poor black folk and the collusion of mismanagement between Washington, city hall and the State house in Louisiana. It is worth noting that Fortune is hosting an online debate about the redevelopment of New Orleans. I might be worth weighing in on that discussion and gathering some information.
Some quotes of note from the article:
“Nobody in Louisiana knows what noblesse oblige is. New Orleans is a hotbed of civic apathy – the only place in the country where rich, powerful people don’t have their fingers in everything. Katrina changed all that.”
“Southern Louisiana is easily as important to the nation’s energy supply as the Persian Gulf.”
“The Army Corps of Engineers has almost finished removing the 300,000 refrigerators in people’s yards and has begun work on the 250,000 wrecked cars still on the streets.”
This is not over by a long margin. There is still considerable work to be done.