Because that’s when the polls close, and one of the stinkiest runoff elections in the history of Atlanta School Board elections will come to a merciful end. Loss prevention specialist Byron Amos and consultant Angela Brown have been fighting for the seat formerly held by former Atlanta resident Khaatim Sherrer El. Amos took some
tough questions heat earlier this year for being a vice president at UGK Records which produces hip-hop music. (Note for my fellow Republicans of the pasty persuasion: ‘hip-hop’ is an urban ‘music’ that often glorifies drug use, violence, and sex, and uses bad words in their lyrics. It’s all that black kids had left for music after white people used Elvis and the Beatles to steal rock and roll from them.) Earlier this year, Brown survived a residency challenge -in spite of working as a part-time pastor at a Church in Alabama. But now that Brown and Amos are in a runoff, things have gotten weird.
Brown gave an interview to the Atlanta Progressive News in which she said: “…on issues of gender-bending or cross-dressing, I am definitively supportive of students doing that.” Somebody sent a mailer that referenced the article, and included the quote, which Brown’s defenders at APN, the Georgia Voice and The Advocate say “misrepresents” her position. (Here’s the link to the original APN story, decide for yourself.) Amos has denied sending the mailer.
Khaatim Sherrer El has attacked Amos in defense of Brown. And now Somebody has sent another mailer linking Brown to disgraced former Atlanta school superintendent Beverly Hall, State Representative Rashad Taylor and State Senator Vincent Fort. No word on who will defend Brown against this latest salvo.
As the polls close and this runoff comes to an end tonight, I want you to listen carefully to the sound of Fortune 500 companies across the country that might be looking to relocate to a city with a functioning school system that produces a labor-ready workforce -one with which they would trust their employees’ children. You will not hear them considering Atlanta.