I used to love Gentilly, but not anymore because of crime and affordability. That's why we're still seriously contemplating leaving the city. We're folks who formerly loved New Orleans but have become disenchanted. I'd hoped for better for the city.
The folks who are coming in to teach our kids don't have the interest of true education for the kids of our city at heart. They are opportunists who come into the education system and will more than likely be here temporarily and then on to more lucrative careers in another city. They don't have a vested interest in education because they aren't educators, first and foremost. There is an image that's being portrayed nationwide of New Orleans, and a recruitment to get a certain caliber of individuals in the city race-wise as well as economically.
I feel like after [former Mayor Ray] Nagin made the statement about New Orleans being a "chocolate city," people made sure that would no longer be the case. The recruitment is to get young people to come to the area, but they're not going to stay here, live here, work here and raise families here. The large majority of folks aren't coming here for that.
We need to get rid of that image that New Orleans is a good-time city and you can come here and do what you want to do and then go away. People think they can come here and do what they want, and then they go back to their nice communities and their corporate jobs after wreaking havoc here, though they don't want that where they live.
It's still business as usual here with corruption and politics and it's discouraging. I was encouraged to come back and rebuild, but at this point it's not getting any better. If I don't see an improvement within the near future, I'll no longer be a resident of New Orleans. — AS TOLD TO MEGAN BRADEN-PERRY