December 2, 2013 9:54 am -

Baton_Rouge_Louisiana_waterfront_aerial_viewAs America becomes more cross-cultural and multicultural, a handful of Southern descendants of Europeans who slaughtered natives and turned kidnapped Africans into chattel make more harshly militant moves to preserve their Confederacy. The latest example comes from affluent white residents of Louisiana’s capitol, fueled by greed and bigotry, who aren’t calling their scheme “apartheid,” but let’s face it: that’s precisely what it is:

The predominantly white and wealthy residents of the southern area of Baton Rouge have proposed seceding from the city proper and incorporating into a new one to be called “St. George.”

The movement began as an effort to create a new school district, but after the state legislature repeatedly mothballed its proposals — claiming that they could not approve an independent school district that was unaffiliated with a city — organizers shifted their energies to the creation of “St. George.”

The new city would be the fifth largest in the state, with over 107,000 residents, and would include two of the largest tax revenue bases in the state: Perkins Rowe and the Mall of Louisiana. A study by the Baton Rouge Area Chamber concluded that Baton Rouge residents “will be disproportionately paying taxes to the proposed municipality,” given city governance’s reliance on sales tax revenues.

If the succession were successful, the study claimed, it “could entail the dissolution of the present system of governance.”

John Fregonese, a city-planner responsible for the much-lauded FutureBR plan, said that “[t]he idea of creating a city like this — I can’t find another place in the United States where it would cause so much turmoil.”

“The problem is that the whole parish built a major retail center there,” Fregonese said. “You have $90 million go from one hand to another and that’s going to cause a major catastrophe to the finances of this parish.”

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.