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Column ignores South’s racist past

I was interested to read the article by David Richardson in the Opinion section of your June 5 edition. It was interesting that you chose to publish Mr. Richardson’s thoughts that show an astonishing ignorance of the Jim Crow South.

Of course, Mr. Richardson is entitled to his opinion, but he is not entitled to manufacturing his own facts.

First, it appears from his background and comments that he is from Great Britain or somewhere in Europe. Second, he obviously has no grasp of the history of the South, especially the Jim Crow South. He has not had to live through that era of our history as I have, being a 74-year-old man. Thirdly, he shows an ignorance of the NAACP and what it stands for.

I too have lived in Fayette County for 24 years. In all that time, I have only seen one black elected to county-wide office.

Obviously, Mr. Richardson has never carefully examined the credentials and qualifications of black candidates who have run for elected office and got few white votes in spite of their qualifications.

Yet, the “open minded” people of Fayette County, as Mr. Richardson chooses to call to call us, have seen fit to elect the likes of Robert Horgan to the Board of Commissioners and other whites with lesser qualifications than black candidates to the Board of Education.

So, Mr. Beverly, it is people such as Mr. Richardson who justify why we need district voting in Fayette County. It is interesting that those who are against district voting always make it a racial issue. What it is about is “equal representation.” It doesn’t matter if a candidate is black, white blue or green as long as they represent the interests of their constituents.

Mr. Beverly, would you please publish this so the people of Fayette County can see another side of this issue. Also, would you please publish the previous letter I wrote to you. Since you have the “bully pulpit,” do the county a favor and publish both sides of this issue.

Dan Lowry
Fayetteville, Ga.



[The editor replies: Perhaps you missed your letter titled “Time to support district voting” that was posted online May 28 and appeared in the print edition May 29. I will publish what I receive on this subject from Fayette residents.]

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It is interesting that those who are against district voting always make it a racial issue. What it is about is “equal representation.” It doesn’t matter if a candidate is black, white blue or green as long as they represent the interests of their constituents.

And that is exactly why it comes back to race. Because to you and the NAACP, equal representation refers to the idea that black people have different needs than everybody else and therefore need different representation.

That sir, is inherently racist. That works against everything genuine civil rights proponents have been fighting for for generations. You guys seem stuck on the idea that black people are different than white people. Its time to move past that and into the 21st century where race DOESN'T MEAN A THING.

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It doesn’t matter if a candidate is black, white blue or green as long as they represent the interests of their constituents.

I do agree that all constituents need to be represented. So can you please point out to me some specific cases where the black community was not represented by past officials?

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Hmmm

I guess Mr Lowry has no response to my question.

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Offensive Implications

This is basically a localized coup. Don't believe me? Come find this post in ten years.

The implication here is that white people will not vote for a black candidate. This is completely offensive and flat out wrong. White voters, unlike black voters (which I will address in a moment), generally consider the candidate's ideas, positions, and quality of campaign before casting a vote.

There is no greater manifestation of the phrase "once you go black you don't go back" than when it comes to black voters. Therein lies the second implication, that black voters will always vote for a black candidate over others. Considering that 95% of black voters cast votes for Obama and black communities throughout the metro area consistently re-elect black candidates, it appears that there is some truth contained in this implication. Yet another massive double standard. So much for judging by the content of character, huh?

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1.The majority of this country voted for a black president - twice. True, the majority of blacks voted for him; the majority of white males did not.

2. In the past, the majority of blacks in our nation have not supported black candidates in the primaries of our presidential elections.

3. The black candidates in metro-Atlanta are representing majority 'black' areas. A wonderful and highly respected 'white' candidate (a woman) ran against the current mayor of Atlanta - and is currently working in his administration (and may run for mayor again). In the city of Los Angeles, (a majority Hispanic/Asian American city) a white man was elected mayor.

For you to assume that black voters do not generally consider the candidates ideas, positions, and quality of the campaign is your right - but is not proven by the many elections held throughout this country. (Or the municipal election held in Fayetteville)

Thanks for your input.

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The Memo That Was Swept Under the Rug

Perhaps you forgot about this gem from the 2009 Atlanta mayoral race.

In frank language, a published memo urged black voters to unite behind one black candidate to defeat a white contender. Yet Atlanta Organized Blackness has the brazen boldness to accuse the citizens of Fayette county of wrongdoing.

Check out the shocking memo here: http://blogs.ajc.com/political-insider-jim-galloway/2009/08/27/the-memo-...

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Dan Lowry wrote:

I have only seen one black elected to county-wide office.

” It doesn’t matter if a candidate is black, white blue or green as long as they represent the interests of their constituents.

So which is it?

Oh and let's not forget:

The NAACP argues that since 20.1 percent of Fayette County residents are black according to the 2010 Census, that allows them relief under Section 2 of the federal Voting Rights Act so they may create a majority-minority precinct that would guarantee a black person would be the elected candidate. When the Census results are limited to those of voting age, the number dips down to 19.5 percent.

BTW, Mr. Lowry is a Plaintiff in the NAACP August 2011 complaint.

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The NAACP has made it clear that their intention was for a minority candidate to be elected for the northern district and will be there to represent black people, and black people only.

That leaves the rest of us without representation. It's flat out discrimination, and the black racist segregationist elitist supremecists are hypocrites. Therefore their lame statements trying to defend the issue are invalid.

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The NAACP argues that since 20.1 percent of Fayette County residents are black according to the 2010 Census, that allows them relief under Section 2 of the federal Voting Rights Act so they may create a majority-minority precinct that would guarantee a black person would be the elected candidate. When the Census results are limited to those of voting age, the number dips down to 19.5 percent.

Very true . In a state where the vote was denied, this was a 'monitoring strategy' to assure the implentation of the law. In Georgia, there are two counties that have Distrivtwide voting. This guarantees that the voters have an opportunity to elect a person of their choice. There are many 'white' citizens in this county who have been on the ballot and not elected. For one to be elected where 19% of the eligible voters are minority, a candidate will have to campaign for the majority of the votes. Even if all blacks voted for a black and all whites voted for a white, the white candidate may win. A candidate in this District, like a candidate in any District will have to develop a campaign strategy and take his/her message to the people. That is what happens in a democracy. The people will vote for the person who will represent them best at the governing table. What are you afraid of?

In talking to 'old timers', Mr. Wilkerson's campaign was not effective, and there was not much coalition building. In Fayetteville, Mr. Johnson had broad based support; was articulate regarding the issues; was available at public forums to answer questions. If there is a 'black' candidate in the 'new' District, he/she just may win. Now if no 'white candidate runs in the District, then, yes there will be a minority on a countywide giovernment leadership board.

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The NAACP argues that since 20.1 percent of Fayette County residents are black according to the 2010 Census, that allows them relief under Section 2 of the federal Voting Rights Act so they may create a majority-minority precinct that would guarantee a black person would be the elected candidate. When the Census results are limited to those of voting age, the number dips down to 19.5 percent.

Very true . In a state where the vote was denied, this was a 'monitoring strategy' to assure the implentation of the law. In Georgia, there are two counties that have Distrivtwide voting. This guarantees that the voters have an opportunity to elect a person of their choice. There are many 'white' citizens in this county who have been on the ballot and not elected. For one to be elected where 19% of the eligible voters are minority, a candidate will have to campaign for the majority of the votes. Even if all blacks voted for a black and all whites voted for a white, the white candidate may win. A candidate in this District, like a candidate in any District will have to develop a campaign strategy and take his/her message to the people. That is what happens in a democracy. The people will vote for the person who will represent them best at the governing table. What are you afraid of?

In talking to 'old timers', Mr. Wilkerson's campaign was not effective, and there was not much coalition building. In Fayetteville, Mr. Johnson had broad based support; was articulate regarding the issues; was available at public forums to answer questions. If there is a 'black' candidate in the 'new' District, he/she just may win. Now if no 'white candidate runs in the District, then, yes there will be a minority on a countywide government leadership board.

If that's the case, then why district voting because as I read and understand the NAACP, they are NOT for advancing anyone but "colored people" as they call them. Let's keep this real, DM. The whole point of the NAACP doing this was to get a black person in office - that's not right and I hate to say I agree with Joe Kawfi, but as rudely as he puts it, he is right.

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If those in the District vote along racial lines and no whites vote, then the 19% of black voters will elect a person of their choice. Do you think the residents of that District will do as I wrote above? If so, that's a sad commentary on FC citizens.
Thanks for your input.

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DM, then why?

Then why do you support Districting like the NAACP wants, then? All votes count, no matter what color you are.

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What certain counties will spend in order to maintain an all white governance structure - even when there may not be a threat to their supremacy. Do the math. Did Fayetteville scare some folks? What a shame. Racism is dead? Really? At a time when Georgia should be relieved of monitoring, we've got this foolishness in court.
What a waste of taxpayer money. My money! I bet some commissioners will realize that a number of their former supporters will think before casting another vote for them. Regardless of the outcome, some attorneys will laugh all the way to the bank.

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What certain counties will spend in order to maintain an all white governance structure - even when there may not be a threat to their supremacy. Do the math. Did Fayetteville scare some folks? What a shame. Racism is dead? Really? At a time when Georgia should be relieved of monitoring, we've got this foolishness in court.
What a waste of taxpayer money. My money! I bet some commissioners will realize that a number of their former supporters will think before casting another vote for them. Regardless of the outcome, some attorneys will laugh all the way to the bank.

What do you mean what counties will spend to maintain an all white governance? Again, every vote counts. So, you have just proven my point that the NAACP and apparently you too, want for the blacks to be able to elect a black person. What math do you want me to do? What do you mean by "Did Fayetteville scare some folks?" I am not scared of the color of the people in this town, I am scared to go to the Pavillion on a Saturday morning, I am scared to go to Rite Aid on a week night, I am scared to go to the bank because of the CRIME in this town.

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and the NAACP is nothing but a bully. What will they do if a black doesn't get elected? Throw a temper tantrum and take to the streets as they have in other places?

Oh, as for Richardson's right to give his opinion? It is every bit as good as Lowerys! Richardson, also, has lived here over 20 years, raised his kids here and has a MASTERS DEGREE FROM OXFORD AND IS RECOGNIZED EXPERT. What is Lowery's qualifications other than being a card toten NAACP member?

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All the qualifications he needs suggarfoot.

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