City Implements Segregated Communication
Written by NOLAFugees Staff
Saturday, 21 March 2009 03:54
Members of the New Orleans City Council, along with administrators from the office of Mayor Ray Nagin, have reached a compromise in their ongoing battle over access to government emails.“Our IT folks suggested a novel strategy to combat intrusions by one element of city government into the activities of another,” said Brenda Hatfield, Mayor Nagin’s chief administrative officer. “And that is the implementation of two separate, but equal, servers.”
The communications overhaul will result in two distinct web addresses. Government business conducted by black city officials will be accessible via cityofno.neg, while white city officials will conduct their business on cityofno.cra
“In the end, we decided this was the best course of action for all involved,” said District B Councilwoman Stacy Head. “Now each group can pursue our diverging agendas unencumbered. At the very least, it will allow all members of city government to speak far more candidly than we are otherwise able to do.”
The segregation of city government will not just be limited to internet communication. Citizens phoning City Hall looking for a black city official will be put on hold and treated to music by Frankie Beverly, while those on hold waiting for white city officials will hear Irvin Mayfield.
The overhaul of the communications system at City Hall will begin pending a final hammering out of no-bid contracts.
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