Mike Stagg LIVE: Louisiana Coastal Plan

Friday, 06 January 2012 12:37
New Orleans Curfew Is Colorblind, Not Racism
Written by 

GUN2Yesterday, the New Orleans City Council approved an earlier curfew for children ages 16 and younger. It will start in the French Quarter and sections of the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood. Later, the council will consider expanding the curfew citywide.

Starting next weekend, youngsters will not be allowed to roam the streets after 8 p.m. unless they are accompanied by a custodian, on an errand or involved in school or church activities. There are other limited exceptions to the curfew, but those violating the law will be picked up by police and delivered to their parents or a curfew center. The 8 p.m. curfew will apply seven days a week, 365 days a year.

 This action is being taken in response to the escalating violence in the French Quarter. In addition to countless armed robberies and simple burglaries of cell phones, purses and other items, there have been a number of recent murders in the French Quarter. On Halloween night, there was a horrific series of incidents on Bourbon Street and other areas in the city. In the past few months, there have been other high profile crimes involving both tourists and locals.

The French Quarter is the crown jewel of New Orleans tourism. It must be kept as safe as possible so that the influx of tourists will keep coming to the city. Like it or not, the bawdy French Quarter is the top tourist attraction of New Orleans; however, it will lose its appeal if visitors fear for their safety.

Hopefully, the curfew will be extended throughout the city. It is needed because New Orleans is the Murder Capital of the nation. In 2011, 199 people were killed, which represents a significant increase over 2010, another year that New Orleans led the nation in murder per capita.

Drastic times demand drastic measures. Along with the curfew, the National Guard should be deployed to New Orleans to bolster the NOPD. Right now, the police force is down several hundred officers from its peak prior to Hurricane Katrina.

Clearly, the city needs more police manpower on the streets to battle the ever-growing criminal population. Until new recruits can be added to the force, the National Guard and State Police should be used to fight crime.

While an earlier curfew is a very sensible move to battle out of control crime, some activists are crying racism.

Tracy Washington of the Louisiana Justice Institute has called for a “Blackout” of the French Quarter starting January 16. She wants African Americans to boycott French Quarter businesses and refuse to spend their money in that part of the city. Incredibly, she believes that the 8 p.m. curfew is directly at only African American youths, even though the ordinance does not mention race. Any child 16 and under will be stopped by police, regardless of race.

Ms. Washington had plenty of company at the City Council yesterday, decrying the earlier curfew. Activist W.C. Johnson said the move is a way to “bring the black community under control.”

Such comments are misguided and will only hurt the large number of African Americans who work in the French Quarter and depend on visitors spending their money at local establishments.

These comments are typical of what happens in civil rights debates throughout the country. Unfortunately, some civil rights activists see racism in every move that is made. As a result, the term “racism” has lost its meaning since it is thrown around so often. This curfew ordinance is clearly not racist, it is just common sense.

Congratulations to the New Orleans City Council for disregarding these inflammatory statements and voting 6-0 to enact the earlier curfew. It is not going to solve our crime problem, but it is a step in the right direction.

jeffcrouere_150_200Jeff Crouere is a native of New Orleans, LA and he is the host of a Louisiana based program, “Ringside Politics,” which airs at 7:30 p.m. Fri. and 10:00 p.m. Sun. on WLAE-TV 32, a PBS station, and 7 till 11 a.m.weekdays on WGSO 990 AM in New Orleans and the Northshore. For more information, visit his web site at www.ringsidepolitics.com. E-mail him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Read more by Jeff Crouere

Jeff Crouere

Jeff Crouere is a native of New Orleans, LA and he is the host of a Louisiana based program, “Ringside Politics,” which airs at 7:30 p.m. Fri. and 10:00 p.m. Sun. on WLAE-TV 32, a PBS station, and 7 till 11 a.m.weekdays on WGSO 990 AM in New Orleans and the Northshore. For more information, visit his web site at Ringside Politics.

Visit Jeff Crouere's Google Plus Page

Visit Bayoubuzz's Google Page

Website: www.ringsidepolitics.com
Login to post comments
Powered By JFBConnect
  • Edwards gets Graves challenge on Louisiana flood relief money
  • Gov. Edwards's pugnacious state of union gave wrong Louisiana vision
  • Trump plus 80 days: Jim Brown, Bernie Pinsonat talk US, Louisiana politics
  • Trump should be like Reagan, not like Bush

graves c 3Shades of Katrina?

    Is political partisanship raising its ugly head again in the face of another Louisiana disaster?  Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards thinks so.

    Edwards got some rough treatment from a congressional committee in Washington, D.C. when he testified before it recently about the state’s response to flood problems.

Read More

jbeWith equal parts pugnaciousness and disingenuousness, Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards’ highly-politicized 2017 State of the State speech laid out a truly flawed vision for Louisiana going forward.

Read More

jim bernieIs Russia now our enemy, once again?

Did Donald Trump make the right move or was the latest attack, simply some wag the dog?

Read More

Iron nancy reagan 6n 1986, United States President Ronald Reagan authorized military aircraft to unleash a torrent of bombs in Tripoli, Libya to send a strong message to Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The attack was in response to Gaddafi’s involvement in the terrorist bombing of a Berlin disco that resulted in the death of American soldiers. 

Read More


Sen. Appel talks budget, economy


Dead Pelican

Optimized-DeadPelican2 1 1