Just read another tedious exploration of the election and race relations and noted this:
Since Jackson’s first mayoral victory in 1973, the first time a black candidate won the job, most African-American residents have looked at the city’s black leadership as a vital cog that has opened the doors to higher-paying jobs and fostered a better quality of life.
Atlanta’s poverty rate is about 25 percent, higher than big cities such as Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and New York.
Setting aside for a moment that if the story featured whites doing something similar they would be branded as racists, if blacks in Atlanta are only voting for blacks on purpose (a big if, mind you) and the result after 30 years is sky high taxes, high crime, bloated bureaucracy and a crumbling infrastructure, then their votes have been an epic fail.
People like Maynard Jackson’s first wife’s (Bunnie Jackson-Ransom) are the problem. You’ll recall she is the individual who stated an intent to work for Reed to “wake up those African-Americans who have become bamboozled into believing a moderately-educated, southern white woman will do something for them.” Despicable. And it leaves me wondering when Atlanta will be a city where people are judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. Yes, I’m sure I’ve read that line somewhere before.