Sharon Jasper, her daughter Kawana, and a fellow traveler were arrested at a protest against the demolition of the St. Bernard Housing Development. Sharon Jasper lived in the St. Bernard project for nearly 60 years until the taxpayer subsidized, crime-ridden slums were closed after Hurricane Katrina. Sharon and Kawana Jasper also exercised their right to free speech at a recent New Orleans City Council meeting, where they advised a fellow citizen to “Shut up, white boy!“
The latest in a string of local protests against the demolition of the city’s “Big Four” public housing developments has resulted in the arrest of three vocal opponents.
… “The demolition should be put on hold,” said Kawana Jasper, who before the storm lived in a building in the complex that has already been demolished.
Jasper, along with her mother, Sharon Jasper, and long-time protester Jay Arena were arrested. The charges are not yet clear, but at least one charge would include battery against a police officer, said NOPD spokesman Sgt. Joe Narcisse.
The fact is that
federal lawsuits filed in New Orleans before Katrina objected not to demolitions, but to the living conditions in the city’s aging public housing developments, many of which were built in the 1930s and 1940s and were derided for warehousing the poor in dilapidated, inaccessible buildings.
Unsurprisingly, 86% of former project residents don’t want to return to Jasper’s utopia:
More than 86 percent of those families who lived in C.J. Peete, B.W. Cooper, St. Bernard and Lafitte, the developments slated for the wrecking ball, said they would prefer to live elsewhere.
Here’s the replacement for one of the projects which has already been demolished.
Ted Jackson / Times-Picayune
Sharon Jasper sits in the living room of her voucher-backed private residence. “I might be poor but I don’t like to live poor. I thank God for a place to live but it’s pitiful what people give you.”
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