Not really, but Connie Stokes suggests that Dunwoody’s incorporation is racially motivated.
Commissioner Connie Stokes said the incorporation issues are about politics.
“I hear the same undercurrent being discussed on this issue as I did when I was in the State Senate and we were discussing whether or not to fly the flag [with an confederate emblem],” she said.
“There are other reasons that are not being discussed publicly why these [city] initiatives come forward. We are continuing to separate ourselves, and we can’t be competitive when we do that.”
To be honest with you, I think she’s probably right. The Dunwoody area has been thriving and is richer and whiter than a lot of other areas in Dekalb. The rich people get it in their head that they are subsidizing poor Dekalb and want out. It just so happens that the rich people are predominately white and the poor people are predominately black. What should be a socioeconomic issue is now a racial issue.
The problem, though, is that no one can or will have an honest discussion about this because everyone screams racism, bigotry, etc. and the media would jump in and paint an unfair picture.
These issues are out there, but no one will discuss them or do anything about them because an honest discussion is impossible. Nonetheless, does that mean Dunwoody should not incorporate? It seems to me that Dunwoody has become a community of interest for a lot of people. There is a vibrant property owners association up there. And the people of Dunwoody are proving that they take really good care of themselves, probably better than the county does.
At the same time, the county is making it really clear that it is dependent on Dunwoody money to subsidize the rest of the county — exactly as the Dunwoody residents say.
Why not give them their city.