We went to the Mardi Gras parades tonight. The Krewes of Babylon, Chaos, and the all-women Muses were out in force. Babylon was boring but fun; Chaos had biting sarcastic floats; the Muses had 24 fully decked-out and awesome-throw laden floats. Muses is always a good time. Marley caught a highly prized shoe bracelet. Marley also caught a cool light up bracelet which she somehow lost between the neutral ground (the median in the road) and our car. I went back looking for it, found a lady wearing one, offered to buy it from her for my three year old who lost hers and was beside herself with grief. She asked me if I even had a three year old. I whipped out my wallet and showed her Marley's photo. Her friends then gave her a hard time about karma and she gave it to me. I went back to Marley and told her that I couldn't find hers but that a nice lady had given me hers, so we walked back out to the neutral ground together and Marley thanked the nice lady. Good people abound in New Orleans. Pity so very few of them are police officers.
I went up to a group of 4 police officers (3 white males, 1 black female) and asked them how early I could come put my ladder out on the neutral ground to save my spot for tomorrow's parades. They all told me that I shouldn't. Not one, but two of them, then told me, in sucession that, and I mothertrucking verbatim quote, "There are lots of construction workers around here that speak Spanish and they will steal your ladder." They all laughed heartily. I then said to them, "Yo hablo español y lo que dijeron es muy ofensivo." None of them understood what I said......one then ventured, "You're not from around here are you?"
Dumbfounded, I just mumbled, "Thank you" and walked away. I am going to write a letter to the mayor's office. Nothing will come of it, but damnit, if cops are prejudicial against hard-working people trying to make out city better, then to hell with them. I hope this city become 100% hispanic with hispanic officers and a hispanic mayor. This land used to belong to Spain, vale que se convierte en hogar para los hispanohablantes otra vez.