Good pull, Jeffrey. The truth is a lot of people are better off, and indeed benefited from, Katrina, though it's something most people don't exactly boast about. It's simply the flow of opportunity and good fortune. One could make a long list of individuals about whom we can say that Katrina was the best thing that happened to them.
Of course it's unseemly to say such a thing, but what did it mean, after all, to say in 2005 that New Orleans was going to come back and be "better than ever."
I've read Cookie's book, Missy. He's a man of many regrets.
The meditation on loved ones lost that this piece inspired was marred slightly by Cookie's hammy mug.
From a Rolling Stone article in 2007:
"Wealthy white people are starting to hire me for private parties, where I play the raisin in a bowl of oatmeal," he says. "From the way they interact with me, I can see that my being there as Shirley makes them feel it's acceptable to openly mock black people in a way they otherwise would not, and that does cause me to have second thoughts. If what I'm doing is truly hurtful, then I need to stop."
Knipp was also hired by actress Sela Ward to perform at her husbands 50th birthday party in New Orleans. I wonder who was working that catering gig?
Such a candidate would have to be airdropped into the city.
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