Realtor map of the major New Orleans neighborhoods-all of these neighborhood are in demand becuase of the Creoles of Color who called them home. Most Creoles of Color are still concentrated in the areas located behind the French Quarter but newly arrived residents seeking to exploit the area and ethnic racism in the real estate market have driven many Creoles back into Gentilly and Gentilly woods area out of thier own neighborhoods.
View from a French Quarter Balcony
Taken in the 1930's- three Creole women from Plaquemines Parish(located South of N.O.-down the river until it pours into the Gulf of Mexico) Typical Creole of Color-French style even while living in a rural-out-the way Parish like Plaquemines)
French Quarter St.
He screwed the people of New Orleans along with his buddy Gerge Bush whose campagine he donated money during the Presidential elections. While he ran as a Democrat this man has been a Republican most of his adult life. He pulled the wool over everyone's eyes in New Orleans the corporations voted him in the first term and now they are whining about him.
A Cajun Gov.who kept a cool head and worked with what she was given while the U.S. President was on the beaches of California living it up and an impostor Mayor who lost his mind, then hid out in a hotel room after not bothering to evacuate his own citizens. When he finaly was with Bush, he took a 3 hour shower!
The design by Lisa LaCour Bellow.
I'm not going to say that this is the official Creole flag. I found it on the website for the Creole Heritage Center at NSU but it's kinda plain and blah looking-so lets just agree that it is an outline of the state of Louisiana that says Creole Heritage Culture.
Tony Chachere's Creole Seasonings. I have to do some free PR for this company-that delievers everything from Creole seasonings to frozen Gumbo to fish fry, shrimp, and sausages-this is the best over-the-counter Creole/Cajun food that one can buy. If you live outside of the state then most stores still dont carry full lines of Creole food-call for their catalougue. 1-866-241-7762(they Deliver). When any place knows the difference between Creole food and Cajun food-thats a company that knows what their doing. If a company,cafe,bistro,restaurant is calling Gumbo-a Cajun Dish and Andouille Sausage a Creole meat(like they do in New Orleans)-then run away from that establishment becuase their clueless. Plus I have an issue with Zatarans and their advertisments and they know what commercials I am speaking about. They know the the misclassification of the images that they aired and continue to aire. Non Bon Zatarans!
Creole Woman of Color
Aimable Desire Lansot (1799-1851)
Oil on canvas
Born in France, Aimable Desire Lansot arrived in New Orleans by May 1834 already an accomplished portraitist and miniaturist. Initially, he shared a studio on Royal Street in the Vieux Carre with the prominent French artist Jean Joseph Vaudechamp. To supplement his portrait business, Lansot opened an evening drawing school specializing in the study of heads and landscapes. He also advertised painting conservation services.
Like many New Orleans painters in the 1840s, Lansot practiced the novel photographic process of daguerreotypes. This new medium, with its ability to capture details and a heightened sense of reality at a low cost, became a popular alternative to portraiture.
In Creole Woman of Color, Lansot rendered the earring of this unidentified woman in the detail manner for which he was noted. This character study reflects the influence of photograph particularly in the spontaneity of the pose. This portrait was previously in the collections of Dr. Isaac Monroe Cline and William E. Groves.
Her ancestry comprised of French, African-American, Italian, and Spanish. Her great grandparent was Claude Villars Dubreuil who was French, along with her maternal great grandparent, Nanette, who was African; her grand parents were Nanette’s daughter with the Spanish man, Diaz, and her parents were their daughter, Maria Diaz with Jean Baptiste Delille Sarpy, who was French and Italian..
(Theres a heated debate between the Catholic Church, whites, blacks, authors and Creoles about the Catholic church caving into racism and making this French-Spanish (majority of blood-line)Creole from New Orleans, who is set to become a Saint,-into an African-American only. Some view this as a desparate effort by the Catholic church (which has been dying out in black communities due to the popularity of Protestant profit preaching) to cut into the African-American Protestant community and also expand further into Africa. This boils down to a modern colonization trick, that will of course cater to the ego of the African-Americans who want to say that she is a black Saint and feed into "one drop" slavery laws which France/Creoles/Louisiana never followed during this lady's time. She died as thinking of herself as nothing but a Creole. This Creole of mostly French-Spanish blood gave her life to the Catholic church and also helping poor girls of color but she DID NOT SAY-destroy my heritage and identity for marketing!
When sane people question the motives for the Catholic Church darkening Mother Delille's skin(will not even circulate the photo-shopped pic) and even going so far as to friz out her hair and changing her features-the first thing that knee-jerk people say is that Creoles are trying to "Be White" or trying to deny that they have African blood lines becuase some Creoles are calling-out book publishers and the Church on this trickery.I would say (Get Real People!) put your glasses on and research her family tree-Creoles are the first to celebrate ALL of their blood line and heritage but Mother Delille isnt an Afro-American! To do this by the book-she would at the very least have to be classified as a French person of Creole heritage if the Church isnt going to classify her as a Creole or Creole of Color. A couple of years ago in Mexico they took a dark brown skinned Mexican-Indian Saint and gave him a make over, by transforming him into a European man. Race is a matter of politics and recruiting for the Catholic Church. It's anti-Creole/Ethnic racism on both ends. From what I researched about Mother Delille-I will go as far as saying it is reverse racism against Euro-Americans since this lady is majority of Euro bloodlines from France/Euro Spain and Italy. The logic isnt there for any other conclusion. This is a no-brainer.
At the end of the day, when all is said and done, after Spike Lee, Geroge Bush, Douglas Brinkley, Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, Republicans and Democrats trash Louisiana's leaders-it was two natives from old Louisiana roots that saved the city of New Orleans. A Cajun Governor and a Creole General. No matter how you spin it and attempt to rewrite history-the Governor got the city of New Orleans evacuated (on her own) and the General came in and restored law and order, not just to the residents, but also to the police force which was out of control.
What dam more do people of New Orleans need to see about Ray Nagin? Does he look like he's worried about you? Is he making phone calls to Houston, Los Angeles, Atalanta, or where ever else your located due to Hurricane Katrina, when you voted him back into office via mail?
New Orleans Creole/Jazz Player/Band Leader/Actor
Plaquemines Parish-still home to a large number of mulattoe-Creoles. Most of the men make their livings as fishermen, oysetrmen, or working for the oil companies. Most of the women are in the retail, banking, or teaching fields. 1 in 3 people in lower Plaquemines is of mixed-raced Creole, white Creole or Cajun blood. Before the Federal Gov. ushered in a huge number of Vietnamease Asians, Eastern Europeans and before there was a migration of U.S. citizens (mostly Southern Whites)from other local Southern States(Texas,Mississippi,Alabama) that surround Louisiana-this was an entire Creole Parish. Made up of about 10 main Creole families where it was common to inter-marriy among one another though it is more common, in the last 2 decades, to marry outside the tribe. Theres more mixed raced Creoles than African-Americans in Plaquemines. Usualy 99% of Creoles own their homes and property in this region. There is a very large community of first generation immigrants from the former Yugoslavia. This community is made up of educators, business owners, and politicians. They have been a positive effect on the community and have helped Plaquemines survive but the large Vietnamease populations-which arrived around 1983 and 1984- has added a burden-on the environment(bayous due to added competition), social services ,numerous Asian gangs have sprung up. Law enforcement in the region havent a clue on how to crack or even acknowledge that they are in operation.
There is also a large group of French-Indian "Mixed" Creoles who have no African bloodlines-refered to as Mulattoes only by the locals. One can be a Creole of Color without having black blood! This is more common of Creoles in the Lower South-Eastern region than Creoles in N.O. and Creoles of other parts of La.
This is my Favorite Creole Flag.