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Old 09-23-2012, 05:21 PM
 
Location: East Side of ATL
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Clarkston, the refugee melting pot, is focal point of a PBS special | Radio & TV Talk

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Maria Hinojosa, a former CNN correspondent who now works at PBS, sought a city packed with diversity for a series she was developing called “America By the Numbers.” She found diversity in abundance in Clarkston, a small town of 7,500 residents ten miles east of downtown Atlanta in the shadow of Stone Mountain.

The numbers don’t lie. In 1980, Clarkston was 90 percent white. That number, based on the 2010 census, is 14 percent.

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“America By the Number: Clarkston, GA”
12:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 24, GPB
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Old 09-23-2012, 05:23 PM
 
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They ought to call it "Clarkston, the town of small business gougers who inflate the prices of everything for refugees who don't know any better."
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Old 09-23-2012, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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They ought to call it "Clarkston, the town of small business gougers who inflate the prices of everything for refugees who don't know any better."
a good many drive down 78 to the Wal-Mart at Park Place.

I'm not surprised. Clarkston is full of tooons of apartments. Its a cheap entry place to live.
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Old 09-23-2012, 05:56 PM
 
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a good many drive down 78 to the Wal-Mart at Park Place.
But you've got to understand, some of the refugees who live in those apartment complexes literally have to be shown how light switches work and what ovens do and not to leave them on. So them getting into a car and driving down to Wal-Mart isn't likely.

Many of them come from the outskirts of the true third world, don't speak any English, and this is an entirely new way of life for them. It sucks that the local businesses rip them off so badly and they should be ashamed of themselves. I told them so.
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Old 09-23-2012, 06:32 PM
 
Location: North Fulton
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Interesting find. Some years ago, I lived briefly very near Clarkston and it has had a very large international presence for quite some time now.
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Old 09-23-2012, 07:00 PM
 
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My Kurdish friend lived there after moving to the U.S. with her family from Iraq sometime in the 90's. Apparently there is a fairly large Little Kurdistan in Nashville.
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Old 09-23-2012, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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But you've got to understand, some of the refugees who live in those apartment complexes literally have to be shown how light switches work and what ovens do and not to leave them on. So them getting into a car and driving down to Wal-Mart isn't likely.

Many of them come from the outskirts of the true third world, don't speak any English, and this is an entirely new way of life for them. It sucks that the local businesses rip them off so badly and they should be ashamed of themselves. I told them so.
and some of them are sponsored by several churches in gwinnett and that area of Dekalb and they tells others.

I understand.... and I've seen them.

I know its not all though
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Old 09-24-2012, 12:40 PM
 
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I watched it last week...its a really good program. "Need to Know" on PBS. You can watch online as new episodes go up every Friday afternoon (I think first airing on TV is Thurs)
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Old 09-25-2012, 10:08 AM
 
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They ought to call it "Clarkston, the town of small business gougers who inflate the prices of everything for refugees who don't know any better."
In this broadcast it was stated that 85% of businesses in Clarkston are owned by refugees. So who is gouing who?
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Clarkston
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I'm sorry I missed this documentary, since I live in Clarkston
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