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Old 08-19-2013, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Smyrna, GA
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I'm as white as fresh driven snow, and I have no problem with Atlanta being labeled a "black mecca" provided it's for the right reasons that are listed on the (always 100% accurate) Wikipedia page:
  • Superior economic opportunities for blacks, often as assessed by the presence of a large black upper-middle and upper class
  • Black political power in a city
  • Leading black educational institutions in a city
  • A city's leading role in black arts, music, and other culture
  • Harmonious black-white race relations in a city

If black people (or any people for that matter) are being drawn to mecca for government handouts at the expense of those who work hard , then we need to shake that title & saddle another city with it.
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Old 08-19-2013, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Vinings/Cumberland in the evil county of Cobb
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I'm as white as fresh driven snow, and I have no problem with Atlanta being labeled a "black mecca" provided it's for the right reasons that are listed on the (always 100% accurate) Wikipedia page:
  • Superior economic opportunities for blacks, often as assessed by the presence of a large black upper-middle and upper class
  • Black political power in a city
  • Leading black educational institutions in a city
  • A city's leading role in black arts, music, and other culture
  • Harmonious black-white race relations in a city
If black people (or any people for that matter) are being drawn to mecca for government handouts at the expense of those who work hard , then we need to shake that title & saddle another city with it.

Wow CAWjr, that is extremely "white" !!!

Well I am as chocolate as a sweet delicious chocalate Hershey bar, and I do not agree that Atlanta is a "black mecca". All the things mentioned are great, but with the absence of meaningful equity, Atlanta is just another city with a large black population. Which is totally fine by me, but let's not further spread this misconception of a 'black mecca" .
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Old 08-19-2013, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Ono Island, Orange Beach, AL
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Wow CAWjr, that is extremely "white" !!!

Well I am as chocolate as a sweet delicious chocalate Hershey bar, and I do not agree that Atlanta is a "black mecca". All the things mentioned are great, but with the absence of meaningful equity, Atlanta is just another city with a large black population. Which is totally fine by me, but let's not further spread this misconception of a 'black mecca" .
glovenyc - I'm interested in your post. What do you mean by "meaningful equity"? Are you referring to economic disparity, political disparity, etc.?
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Old 08-19-2013, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Smyrna, GA
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Wow CAWjr, that is extremely "white" !!!

Well I am as chocolate as a sweet delicious chocalate Hershey bar, and I do not agree that Atlanta is a "black mecca". All the things mentioned are great, but with the absence of meaningful equity, Atlanta is just another city with a large black population. Which is totally fine by me, but let's not further spread this misconception of a 'black mecca" .
For the record, I prefer Hershey Special Dark. Mo bitter, mo better!

And in all seriousness, I think the concept of "black mecca" alone does nothing to promote equality. To say that a city is a <insert race> mecca, by its very nature, is placing one race over another. Why can't Atlanta just be an American mecca?
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Old 08-19-2013, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Vinings/Cumberland in the evil county of Cobb
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glovenyc - I'm interested in your post. What do you mean by "meaningful equity"? Are you referring to economic disparity, political disparity, etc.?

AnsleyPark when I refer to meaningful equity, I mean ownership, assets on a large scale. Although I appreciate that black people have a much higher professional profile in this city than many other places, it can be inspiring especially to our younger generations. However the true power lies with he/she who owns the deed, or who controls the bank.

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Old 08-19-2013, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Ono Island, Orange Beach, AL
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AnsleyPark when I refer to meaningful equity, I mean ownership, assets on a large scale. Although I appreciate that black people have a much higher professional profile in this city than many other places, it can be inspiring especially to our younger generations. However the true power lies with he/she who owns the deed, or who controls the bank.
Thanks for the clarification. I grew up eons ago in south Georgia on a farm. My perspective is that AAs have made great strides in becoming the deed owner and banker. I know that there is not true equality yet, but it is far better than what is in my childhood memories. Keep striving!
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Old 08-19-2013, 12:56 PM
 
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AnsleyPark when I refer to meaningful equity, I mean ownership, assets on a large scale. Although I appreciate that black people have a much higher professional profile in this city than many other places, it can be inspiring especially to our younger generations. However the true power lies with he/she who owns the deed, or who controls the bank.
If thats gonna happen, it would most likely start in Atlanta (unless you consider tyrants in africa). Hence the reference to black mecca.
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Old 08-19-2013, 03:14 PM
 
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For the record, I prefer Hershey Special Dark. Mo bitter, mo better!

And in all seriousness, I think the concept of "black mecca" alone does nothing to promote equality. To say that a city is a <insert race> mecca, by its very nature, is placing one race over another. Why can't Atlanta just be an American mecca?
Not really if you know the history and current racial issues in the U.S.

Whites have historically been able to do well anywhere whereas Blacks and some other minorities were and continue to be kept out of opportunities in many areas of the country.
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Old 08-19-2013, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Sacramento, Ca.
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Someone is bored and looking for some chaos. They know this post will pull Atlanta haters AND racist far and wide.
Yeah, there are just enough trollers on here to keep those antics going.
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Old 08-20-2013, 12:05 AM
 
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Well, I'm white, but I do remember ages and ages ago that Ebony Magazine did name Atlanta as a top place for blacks to live, work and be successful.
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