Damn it! Why does this idiot have to be from MY state?!! *sigh*
By the way, as a child, I spent my summers in Shreveport, too. Nowadays, people of color have a significant presence in the local government. New Orleanians have voted lots of people of color into office and now even Baton Rouge has a black mayor who is wildly popular, even among many from the state's generally conservative white population. Sadly, some Louisianians haven't reacted to these changes very well.