Ever been to Atlanta? 

Take a look at this:

http://www.city-data.com/crime/crime-Atlanta-Georgia.html
What I want to point out first about this site is that it is real data.  From police records.   This site has no funding – just banner ads. 

Here’s what you don’t know about Atlanta – the parts are not the same as the whole. For example,  downtown Atlanta is where Gone with the Wind premiered. It is also a very dangerous place.  The place called “Buckhead” is where frat boys go to drink and vomit.   Also dangerous if you are a nice girl. 

If you look on the map in the link,  you will see that red is considered very high crime. Pink is only high.  All of the city center is pink. High.   

I knew two missionary priests who ran a halfway house downtown.  Lasted  years before they were shot and killed. 

In the northeastern part,  the crime rate is orange,  normal. Wealthy white people work there. It is filled with corporate parks with their own private security. The whole place it on lock. There has been controversy regarding the train: for many many years something has prevented the downtown train from extending out to the corporate heaven. Inherent racism. Everyone who lives there knows it. 

And directly north of the city the color is yellow – low crime.  That’s where all the people who work in the corporate parks live. 

If you go too far north,  you will notice two things: there are only white people. And the gun law is open carry.  I took the wrong cab once,  ended up listening to a preacher on the radio,  and the cabbie showed me the Colt 45 he carried in his glove compartment. It was like Deliverance.  The color of the rest of the map is white – very low crime rate. Don’t know if that’s a joke or what. 

Atalanta is famous for the change in its crime rate. In 1994, Atlanta was ranked the most dangerous city in the country by the Morgan Quitno Press.[5]   I was there.   I know. But this was famously solved by a true civil rights leader, Maynard Jackson. He was Atlanta’s first African-American Mayor – in an of itself a true win for civil rights. What Maynard did was to “connect” the scary downtown with the business burbs,  and he did this with a lot of politics and not a little money. Actually, Maynard was Mayor two times. The first time,  he fired the white police commissioner and replaced him with an African-Amreican. He took heat for this.  But he overcame all of this and came back strong. Really,  if you are unfamiliar with  this,  you should educate yourself.  But just to be sure

Maynard Jackson provoked a major racial crisis in May 1974 when he attempted to fire the incumbent white police chief, John Inman. Jackson believed the change was needed to grapple with Atlanta’s growing crime problem and charges by the black community of police racial insensitivity toward African Americans. Whites opposed the firing and racial tensions rose, detracting from Atlanta’s proud motto: “too busy to hate.”

In August 1974 Mayor Jackson appointed A. Reginald Eaves, a college friend and fellow activist, as Public Safety Commissioner. Eaves was criticized for lacking police experience. He generated controversy by appointing an ex-convict as his personal secretary but was criticized more for what was considered as a system of quota promotions and hiring in the police department, which many decried as “reverse discrimination.”[4] Despite the outcry, Jackson retained Eaves in his post. By the spring of 1976, Atlanta enjoyed a drop in crime rates 

That is civil rights activism.  This has real results. 

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