Will's article touches on this....
I misspoke in another comment as this is the "high school" article. LOL
New Orleans is the only place in the world where that question holds so much weight. A lot of times it separates the "pretenders" from places like Covington but it also defines you (for better or worse). I interviewed at Entergy with both undergraduate and graduate degrees in hand and the fact I played football in the Catholic League formed a bond with three of the interviewers which ultimately aided in me getting the offer.
The closest thing to that GED would be to pick a school and via friends with kids there or your own and give them your undying loyalty. Kinda like those folks who buy out Walmart of their LSU hear every fall just more local.
While purists want birth to be the identifier I believe like many that where you come of age really captures the growing up and being "from" New Orleans. What I haven't seen anyone mention is the 2nd question when answering affirmatively that you're from New Orleans.
What High School did you goto?
I'm waiting for the article on that one and the two sets of assumptions based on your race. Tell someone you went to Brother Martin and it could be assumed you're part of the new money establishment (think Tom Benson) or dared to turn your back on St Aug.
I'm of the "got out of town variety" because my mom taught me how to sound like I wasn't from New Orleans. I come back from time to time and don't have to feel insecure cause ingot the birth certificate from Public Health hospital (the now defunct uptown government run hospital).
I give it up to those that still call New Orleans home - no matter where you're from. With all due respect to Sanatra... Forget New York - if you can make it in New Orleans you can make it anywhere!
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