the city of New Orleans.
The petition was started by a man named Derrick Crow. He says the Bayou Classic destroys the city, raises crime and makes the tax payer responsible for all the extra security needed for the event. In just a days time, the petition to Mayor Landrieu has garnered over 17 hundred signatures. There have been numerous comments under the petition so lets take a look at some them.
- Safety: Many of the commenters expressed their concerns for safety during Bayou Classic weekend. They claim this weekend is the most violent of all the major events to touch the city throughout of the year. A lot of comments come from workers in the French Quarter and they touch on how dangerous the area gets during Bayou Classic time. Many claim to fear for their lives during this weekend.
- Location: Why is the Bayou Classic even in New Orleans? This is a question asked by several commenters. They make the statements that neither school is located in the Crescent City and that they should take turns having the game in their respective cities. One comment suggest the game be moved to the MGM in Mississippi where they say security is better and they have less crime.
- Taxes: Commenters feel that the citizens of New Orleans should not have to pay extra tax dollars for more security to monitor the event.
So should the Bayou Classic be moved from New Orleans?
This game is one of the biggest rivalries in college football and easily the biggest rivalry in the state of Louisiana. The Bayou Classic deserves the largest stage the state has to offer and that is the Superdome and the city of New Orleans. The Times-Picayune estimated that around 200,000 visitors would be traveling to the city for the Classic. With that many people visiting, it is certain that the city will make a lot of revenue. The game itself is also on the upswing. The announced attendance of the 42nd Bayou Classic was 62,907; this is the largest attendance since the Hurricane Katrina.
While I disagree with the petition, I do think many of the commenters raise some valid points. The violence during Bayou Classic weekend in New Orleans is ridiculous. Another year and yet another life has been lost during this weekend. I was on Bourbon this past weekend. I was hanging with my friend Jonathan and all of a sudden a stampede of people came running toward our direction. What did we do? WE TOOK OFF RUNNING TOO! We managed to squeeze into a lobby of a strip club. We looked outside the door and saw this poor guy who was in a wheelchair knocked down. There were a few people helping him up and we noticed the guy in the wheelchair was PACKING HEAT. I guess his gun was knocked out when he was knocked. Jonathan looked at me and said "yeah Myron, I think it is time to go". We found my cousin Tiffany who rode with us, stayed a little while longer and then left. While walking to the car, I saw a crime scene taped off where I later learned is where Brandon Robinson lost his life.
Workers on Bourbon St. or in the French Quarter should not have to fear for their lives while working during the Bayou Classic weekend. Another life should not have to be lost before we get the picture. I believe the petition should not be to move the Bayou Classic but to improve the Police Department in the city of New Orleans. They need to do a better job of patrolling and keeping the citizens and visitors safe during this weekend. While Bayou Classic might bring more violence to the city, the bigger issue is the violence in the city in general. Robinson was the 141st murder in 2015.
THE 141ST MURDER IN NEW ORLEANS IN 2015.
We still have a month left in the year and it has already been that many murders in the city. While I understand the argument some commenters presented saying "why bring more violence to a city that is already struggling with it", I believe a better Police Department could help negate that. They said they were bringing more security to the city but I and many other could not tell. I know that Bayou Classic can bring some bad apples to the city but I feel it benefits the city much more than it hurts it. However I do not agree with a life being lost EVERY YEAR during this time. We the people, the students, the alumni, and the fans have to conduct ourselves in a much better. In saying that, the police department and the security in New Orleans has to do a much better job to ensure the safety of the people I mentioned above as well as the citizens of New Orleans.
Sidenote: If you going to Bayou Classic strictly for foolishness, do not go.
What do you think of the petition? Solid argument or a bit overboard? #SpeakYourMIND in the comments below.