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Old 04-13-2008, 09:18 PM
 
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well said.
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Old 04-13-2008, 10:52 PM
 
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Neil, I have a hard time seeing how that was racist. Just because it was an article about race does not make it racist. And, you can say all you want about it not mattering, but the truth is that in Atlanta, it DOES matter. Anyone can see that. Even though I am black, I am not the type of voter that picks a mayor simply based on race. I think that is a very ignorant way of approaching it. But many black Atlantans do vote based only on race. So, this subject merits discussion.

Personally, I think Atlanta is headed for a non-black majority. But, I think the city demographics will resemble big cities like Chicago, NYC, with no majority race.

Once this happens, it will be a very interesting political landscape. I read in an article, which I cannot locate but will try, in a Washington D.C. newspaper that quoted Mayor Franklin herself she was worried about Atlanta losing a black majority due to the political changes it will bring about.

Just because a post talks about race does not make it racist.
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Old 04-14-2008, 03:39 AM
 
Location: West Cobb (formerly Vinings)
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The area around Cascade is growing as well. I believe no matter what happens in terms of demographics, the number of wealthy black Atlanta citizens will always wield a significant amount of power. What is the concern, anyway, beyond that certain areas of Atlanta would be ignored over others, and has that not been happening already?
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Old 04-14-2008, 07:54 AM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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I believe no matter what happens in terms of demographics, the number of wealthy black Atlanta citizens will always wield a significant amount of power.
One thing to note however, is that over the years, a lot of the wealthy black citizens have left the city and live in communities and/or subdivisions that are technically just outside the city limits of Atlanta. They won't be able to vote for a Mayor in an election.
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Old 04-14-2008, 05:06 PM
 
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One thing to note however, is that over the years, a lot of the wealthy black citizens have left the city and live in communities and/or subdivisions that are technically just outside the city limits of Atlanta. They won't be able to vote for a Mayor in an election.
Unless Atlanta annexes Sandtown and the rest of unincorporated South Fulton (north of Union City/Fairburn)...as it should.
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Old 04-15-2008, 08:29 AM
 
Location: ITP
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I think this is making a mountain out of a mole hill. I'm black and I welcome whites moving back into the city. It's about time that people of all backgrounds become comfortable with living each other in an urban environment. White flight killed many cities natioinwide and I can only hope that white in-migration will improve the quality of life within cities. The only thing left to hope for personally is for more professional/middle-class blacks to move back into the cities instead of fleeing to the suburbs in large masses like their white counterparts did decades ago. But the bottom line is that I don't care which group is in the majority; just as long as we can get along and enusre the progress of our city.

As far as political ramifications, I think that there have been recent elections that show that the general populace isn't so dim to vote simply along racial lines. Cathy Woolard, a white woman, happened to be elected president of the city council of Atlanta and received widespread black support. Kwanza Hall, the city councilman for my district which includes Inman Park and the Old Fourth Ward, received a lot of support from whites who chose him over his white opponent. Natalyn Archibong in East Atlanta also received, and continues to receive, widespread white support. Elsewhere in the state, in predominantly black Augusta, where racial tensions vastly dwarf those in Atlanta, they elected a white mayor. Blacks overwhelmingly supported the white mayor Bryan Thompson over his black opponent down in predominantly black Brunswick. As long as a politican shows that they have the interests of the whole community, they will get elected.

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Old 04-15-2008, 07:45 PM
 
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I think this is making a mountain out of a mole hill. I'm black and I welcome whites moving back into the city. It's about time that people of all backgrounds become comfortable with living each other in an urban environment. White flight killed many cities natioinwide and I can only hope that white in-migration will improve the quality of life within cities. The only thing left to hope for personally is for more professional/middle-class blacks to move back into the cities instead of fleeing to the suburbs in large masses like their white counterparts did decades ago. But the bottom line is that I don't care which group is in the majority; just as long as we can get along and enusre the progress of our city.

As far as political ramifications, I think that there have been recent elections that show that the general populace isn't so dim to vote simply along racial lines. Cathy Woolard, a white woman, happened to be elected president of the city council of Atlanta and received widespread black support. Kwanza Hall, the city councilman for my district which includes Inman Park and the Old Fourth Ward, received a lot of support from whites who chose him over his white opponent. Natalyn Archibong in East Atlanta also received, and continues to receive, widespread white support. Elsewhere in the state, in predominantly black Augusta, where racial tensions vastly dwarf those in Atlanta, they elected a white mayor. Blacks overwhelmingly supported the white mayor Bryan Thompson over his black opponent down in predominantly black Brunswick. As long as a politican shows that they have the interests of the whole community, they will get elected.
The same thing in Macon too.
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Old 04-25-2008, 09:25 PM
 
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There could be bigger forces at work such as current trends in employment, migration rates, birth rates, and death rates that could be changing the racial makeup of Atlanta. Food for thought. [url=http://www.demoreports.com]Demographics US City, Demographic Information, Population, Census, Reports[/url]
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Old 04-26-2008, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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As far as political ramifications, I think that there have been recent elections that show that the general populace isn't so dim to vote simply along racial lines. Cathy Woolard, a white woman, happened to be elected president of the city council of Atlanta and received widespread black support. Kwanza Hall, the city councilman for my district which includes Inman Park and the Old Fourth Ward, received a lot of support from whites who chose him over his white opponent. Natalyn Archibong in East Atlanta also received, and continues to receive, widespread white support. Elsewhere in the state, in predominantly black Augusta, where racial tensions vastly dwarf those in Atlanta, they elected a white mayor. Blacks overwhelmingly supported the white mayor Bryan Thompson over his black opponent down in predominantly black Brunswick. As long as a politican shows that they have the interests of the whole community, they will get elected.
Really, despite her issues, Shirley Franklin also has alot of support from white voters. Heck, even Neal Boortz said that he liked her (except for when she did that Fulton County election radio advertisement a couple of years ago that said that electing a white commission chairperson would be like turning the fire hoses on people during the civil rights movement - many white voters were not happy about that).
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