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Old 11-10-2010, 12:12 PM
 
Location: SF and Atlanta
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Blacks will NOT vote for a gay Mayor regardless if he is black and a Democrat. Most blacks are pretty conservative when it comes to such things and especially the older ones who tend to vote more.
Cathy Woolard was elected city-wide to be city-council president and would have been reelected had she chosen to run again. And a majority-black district just elected a lesbian to the state legislature, only the second lgbt member of that body. So the facts simply don't support your assertion. This is Atlanta.
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Old 11-10-2010, 02:12 PM
 
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Cathy Woolard was elected city-wide to be city-council president and would have been reelected had she chosen to run again. And a majority-black district just elected a lesbian to the state legislature, only the second lgbt member of that body. So the facts simply don't support your assertion. This is Atlanta.
The state legislature and the city-council are different than being elected Mayor. I stand by my assertion that a gay couldnt get elected Mayor.
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Old 11-10-2010, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Midtown Atlanta
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What if he was on the DL? Seems there is a lot of dialogue missing in the black community when it comes to tfe fact that being gay is not just a "white thing."
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Old 11-10-2010, 03:56 PM
 
Location: morningside, atlanta
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The state legislature and the city-council are different than being elected Mayor. I stand by my assertion that a gay couldnt get elected Mayor.
"a" gay just got elected mayor of houston, tx - an easily more conservative city than atlanta, which also has a much lower gay population in general. houston also encompasses much more of it's suburbs than atlanta, areas which stereotypically tend to be more conservative than their city centers. houston is 26% hispanic and 24% black. c'mon, if a big southern oil town can elect "a" gay, so can we.
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Old 11-10-2010, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Atlanta ,GA
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Interesting info, thanks for sharing. Looks like Atlanta will be getting a white mayor sooner than a lot of people thought.
Why not an Asian or Hispanic mayor?I think that Atlanta is in the mist of becoming a city where race does not govern who votes for who based on color.Remember Mary Norwood (I could be wrong)she did get more than 25 percent of the black vote.Thank God she did not win.Not because she is white.
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Old 11-10-2010, 04:13 PM
 
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Interesting info, thanks for sharing. Looks like Atlanta will be getting a white mayor sooner than a lot of people thought.
Who knows how that would work. Seattle, Denver, and Minneapolis got African-Americans mayors despite having African-American populations between 10-15%. Columbus,OH recently got its first African-American mayor and it is majority White(around 62% White and 25% African-American).
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Old 11-10-2010, 05:09 PM
 
Location: metro ATL
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Blacks will NOT vote for a gay Mayor regardless if he is black and a Democrat. Most blacks are pretty conservative when it comes to such things and especially the older ones who tend to vote more.
1) Blacks, while obviously a very significant voting bloc, are not the only people who vote.

2) The city of Atlanta's Black population is on the decline.

3) Atlanta has a higher than average population of Black gays who would not be prone to voting "conservatively" for a gay mayor. Whether a gay candidate could politically galvanize the Black gay community is another issue though.
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Old 11-10-2010, 05:37 PM
 
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Cathy Woolard was elected city-wide to be city-council president and would have been reelected had she chosen to run again. And a majority-black district just elected a lesbian to the state legislature, only the second lgbt member of that body. So the facts simply don't support your assertion. This is Atlanta.

Great points. I actually think if Cathy Woolard had run in the election (and had stayed in the Council prior), she would have easily won.
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Old 11-10-2010, 06:16 PM
 
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It either one of two things. More people are moving to the area or more people a knocking boots.
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Old 11-10-2010, 06:25 PM
 
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Why not an Asian or Hispanic mayor?I think that Atlanta is in the mist of becoming a city where race does not govern who votes for who based on color.Remember Mary Norwood (I could be wrong)she did get more than 25 percent of the black vote.Thank God she did not win.Not because she is white.
I agree. Since policy is somewhat irrelevant in the mayoral race (all Democrats), I would prefer an Asian mayor to win. It would have the most shock value. People stereotype Atlanta as just whites and blacks, and while that was true up until somewhat recently, clearly that is no longer accurate.
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