Aug 28, 2009

The Atlanta mayoral race went into overdrive Thursday when two of the leading candidates held dueling press conferences to talk about race.

Sen. Kasim Reed (D-Atlanta) and City Council President Lisa Borders were responding to a letter that has been circulating through the city calling for a black agenda. Specifically, the letter strongly implies that the city would be better off electing a black mayor. More specifically, the letter endorses Borders.

Reed urged the Borders campaign to denounce the email, which he called "divisive," and "racist."

Long-time Atlanta political insider and consultant Aaron Turpeau has been distributing the letter, but has denied actually writing it. He said the paper was produced by an ad hoc group of black Atlantans who have been meeting on and off since 1994 to promote a "black agenda."

"This campaign should be based on the merits of each candidate, not the color of someone's skin," Reed said at his news conference.

About an hour later, Borders did just that.

"I recognize the constitutional right of every citizen to express their concern," Borders said. "I reject the analysis offered by Aaron Turpeau. He is absolutely wrong. I oppose anyone, or any race, who would distract us from what is important today."  Source


1 comment:

  1. This past week a memo was circulated around City Hall....asking citizens to vote for Lisa Borders to preserve the black agenda. The memo indicated that the black agenda would be lost if a black mayor was not elected in. Unfortunately the black agenda has been lost for many years. Evidence of this can be seen in our heavily neglected historically black communities such as English Avenue, Peoplestown, Mechanicsville, Adair Park, the list goes on.
    If the black agenda has been preserved all these years how come the black communities in this city have not been preserved? The scholars who wrote the memo who allegedly are from Clark Atlanta are not paying attention when they drive into the campus each day. The area surrounding Clark Atlanta is not preserved and it is not safe. Most of the homes have gone into foreclosure. Over the past 25 years the "black agenda" that the scholars at Clark Atlanta (the memo writers) has done nothing but destroy the very same neighborhoods that blacks reside in. Get a grip atlanta....its not about color its about quality of life.