The Rising Tide Conference: Success
One story I didn't tell: The Lakefront area is not my stomping ground and with my terrible sense of direction, I got lost at least 3 times. Not realizing how close I was, I stopped to ask a few folks on bicycles (fitted out in bright, new-looking biking gear) where the NO Yacht Club was. Only one turned to respond and he said, "Oh, you mean Southern, it's back that way." [Southern is the HBCU spin-off of UNO.]
"No, the NO Yacht Club."
"The Yacht Club used to be up that way but you're looking for Southern back behind you."
The thanks I gave was deeply insincere.
Oh, do I have to say these folks were white? Do I have to explain why Lakeview and the surrounding neighborhoods are a mystery to me? Is there any wonder WHY the US at large is uninterested in helping "black, poor" New Orleans?