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Old 08-27-2009, 05:40 PM
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A nice little dose of EXTREME identity politics...

The memo that’s about to shake the Atlanta mayor’s race

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A memo arguing that African-Americans should unite behind a single black candidate in the race for mayor of Atlanta is about to become a prime topic of debate.

The material, which we include below, is said to be distributed by Aaron Turpeau, a long-time City Hall figure, on behalf of something called the Black Leadership Forum.

Turpeau argues that Council President Lisa Borders is the only candidate who can prevent the election of Councilwoman Mary Norwood as the first white mayor since Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell.

Both Borders and state Sen. Kasim Reed, also an African-American, have scheduled pressers this afternoon. AJC colleagues Eric Stirgus and Ernie Suggs will be there. We anticipate that Reed will demand that Borders renounce the memo.

Here’s the statement Reed’s campaign has put out in the last few minutes:

“Not only do I find these comments racially charged and vitriolic, I completely repudiate them because they are fundamentally wrong and do not belong in today’s society. I call on Ms. Borders to do the right thing and denounce such divisive, racist language immediately.

“These tactics divide the very community that has made Atlanta emerge as a leading city in the South and dishonors the legacies of Mayors Maynard Jackson, Andrew Young, Ivan Allen, Sam Massell, and William Hartsfield. This campaign should be waged on the merits of each candidate, not the color of their skin.”

One more point: There is an assertion below that both Norwood and another candidate, Atlanta attorney Jesse Spikes, are Republican. The councilwoman maintains she is neither Democrat nor Republican. Spikes’ communication director says that Spikes is a Democrat, and his voting record reflects that.

Here’s the document at issue:

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hey everybody!...let go of a few of the other black mayoral candidates and get behind one single candidate so we can make sure whitey doesn't his hands on it!...
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not to nitpick redd, or even second guess the owner and operator of this great forum, but shouldn't have this been posted over at the Elections column? Just asking.......
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not to nitpick redd, or even second guess the owner and operator of this great forum, but shouldn't have this been posted over at the Elections column? Just asking.......
EXCELLENT point!...

Since the November 2008 elections, I (and I guess most) have had that sub-forum drift from my mind...

Duly noted and moved...
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The persistent poverty in the city, the educational crisis in the schools; the human security/public safety concerns; the type of economic development policies being pursued; and the cityís awful financial management issues;
Should be a reason to get behind someone besides the current mayor that's for sure. And it doesn't look like the "black agenda" has done a whole helluva lot for old Atlanta, does it?

Oh there will be repercussions from this.
But what I enjoyed were the comments from the self described African American responders.
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I reject the premise that blacks must unite behind one black candidate in order to defeat whites who will all vote for a white candidate. That kind of thinking just keeps us more segregated and divided on lines of color. Besides, I seem to recall an African American candidate that was recently elected to some position in national politics even with a white majority . . . canít put my finger on his name.
This "memo" may have healed more than it tore apart.
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Should be a reason to get behind someone besides the current mayor that's for sure. And it doesn't look like the "black agenda" has done a whole helluva lot for old Atlanta, does it?

Oh there will be repercussions from this.
But what I enjoyed were the comments from the self described African American responders.


This "memo" may have healed more than it tore apart.
Yes the world it is ever changing. And once in awhile it does change for the better.
Here in Memphis we've a situation that feels an awful lot like what cnredd has described: A black mayor with a 25 year long tenure (longest in the city's history) who spent the last half of it fostering racial division, which this city ABSOLUTELY needs no help to do. We have a more than ample supply of bigots on both sides of the color line here.

He started out well and in the early years did some good things for the city - I voted for him until he announced God had appointed him and he started getting squirrelier and into more and more questionable activities.

He's recently resigned (in the midst of an FBI investigation) and announced his intention to run for Steve Cohen's 9th District seat in the House because the mostly black 9th District should be represented by an African American. Mind you, Cohen handily won that seat in 2006 behind Harold Ford, Jr., running against African American contenders, some of whom used the same race-baited platform. Prior to his election to the House, Cohen was a Tennessee State Senator for 24 years. He's Tennessee's first Jewish congressman and one of only two non-blacks representing majority black districts in Congress.

All that to say, in agreement, yes once in a while things do change for the better. We have our share of those who would fall for this kind of junk, but we also have a growing, informed voter group who are seeking capable and honest representation. Needless to say, if the good mayor does make a run for the House - I pray they're out in force here in 2010.
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It's truly sad that pro-black racism is so prevalent in this country (and esp. in the south). We keep talking about fighting racism, yet the people who are screaming the loudest about it are also the ones who are engaging in it the most.
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It's truly sad that pro-black racism is so prevalent in this country (and esp. in the south). We keep talking about fighting racism, yet the people who are screaming the loudest about it are also the ones who are engaging in it the most.
Could you image the screaming if there were to be a White Leadership Forum?

I am unforunately aquainted with several people who put their skin color first, and who they are second. And it's a real shame, cause they are good people. But unfortunately, people do that, and I think alot of good, intelligent people limit their personal reach by doing it.
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It's truly sad that pro-black racism is so prevalent in this country (and esp. in the south). We keep talking about fighting racism, yet the people who are screaming the loudest about it are also the ones who are engaging in it the most.
You may be right Ė how would anyone know for sure?

You are definitely right that itís especially virulent in the South, but that is on both sides. Thereís no question thereís more ďscreamingĒ, as you say, from the pro-black side, but because the other side is quieter doesnít mean itís not here; itís just more covert. We still have a large segment who see people of color through the prism of racism.

I canít speak for other places, but for far too many here Ė both black and white - itís like slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, Jim Crow and the Civil Rights Act - all just happened yesterday. Some canít seem to turn the page and it diminishes both.
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Could you image the screaming if there were to be a White Leadership Forum?

I am unforunately aquainted with several people who put their skin color first, and who they are second. And it's a real shame, cause they are good people. But unfortunately, people do that, and I think alot of good, intelligent people limit their personal reach by doing it.
...or a National Association for the Advancement of White Peoples. How about the Caucasion College Fund??

It's this kind of division that will extend racism. Get rid of all orgs. that discriminate based on race, stop all tracking of race in all gov't functions, stop categorizing people by race and making one category better or worse than another. Pro-<insert racial term> racism is a bigger problem than anti-<insert racial term> could ever think to be.
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