It is interesting to note the blatantly racist comments of the Parish President Craig Taffaro. He is willingly spreading false rumors of an insane conspiracy theory, rather than admit racism amongst the development's opponents. He concocts a story which conveniently blames the development's advocates for the racist graffiti, and implies it was an attempt to make the opposition look racist. It's hard to believe a seasoned political operative like Taffaro is an just ostrich trying to keep his head in the sand about the racist nature of this opposition, more than likely he is one of the arch-racists trying to keep people divided from one another for his own political gain.
Rather than spreading fear and rumor-mongering about blacks moving in to Chalmette like Taffaro in the news story, anti-racist whites in Chalmette should be explaining how these multi-unit buildings will help stop landlords from raising the rent on tenants as easily. If there are less people competing for market-rate rentals, landlords can't charge as high of a price for them because the demand is lower. These buildings ease that competition among renters. The real struggle is between property owners in Chalmette, who want their property values (and ability to charge higher rents) to increase at all costs, even if it means poor white families are priced out of neighborhoods, kids have to sleep in cars with their parents, homelessness increases, and renters of all colors have to pay more just to have a roof over their heads.
|A poster you can put up in Chalmette (how to put up posters)|
For many of the homeowners and small-time landlords in St. Bernard Parish, they've come to this position that attacks renters because of the pressure they feel to maintain their property values because of the mortgages they still owe to banks. This pressure forces them to turn against their renter neighbors instead of fighting the banks over their mortgages. It's up to anti-racist whites in St. Bernard Parish and white renters to unite with non-white renters and demand that they not be forced to pay the price in the form of higher rents for maintaining landowners' property values in St. Bernard.