2/17: Grading Atlanta for racial equity

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

A Washington-based think tank has released a study of racial equality in 100 top metro areas, giving Atlanta a good grade overall for black integration and a poor one for Latino integration.

Today, a lead researcher writes about the rankings while a local expert looks behind the statistics to show how neighborhood realities paint a different picture than the numbers.

22 comments Add your comment

lynnbo

February 17th, 2012
11:37 am

If blacks have controlled the city of Atlanta for 40 years including education, why hasn’t their economic situation improved…………….could it be the corruption of the democratic party that is destroying their opportunity? And do we ask the Atlanta insiders to allow latinos to now run the city of Atlanta? Latinos do not want to live with others and will build their own communities as generations grow and it takes time not government interferrence. Studies like these show how much our political class has failed.

zeke

February 17th, 2012
10:07 am

We will never get past race as an issue as long as the media and socialist leftist continue to divide all information and search for all differences to claim a racial pattern in all things! IF YOU WANT TO MAKE RACE NOT AN ISSUE, QUIT MAKING IT ONE IN EVERYTHING YOU DO!!!!

Corey

February 17th, 2012
9:35 am

Studies such as this are simply studies based on findings from research. It absolutly boggles my mind why some people feel as though these studies are about blame. Some respond as if they are personally being blamed. Why is that? Could it be that deep seated bigotry becomes awakened in them?

Barb

February 17th, 2012
8:54 am

Having worked in a racially and economically diverse public school in another state, I have absolutely observed subtle forms of racism and economic prejudice – intentional or not – against black and Latino students. It exists. And now it’s time to get rid of it because not only is it morally wrong but it restrains economic development in our communities and in our country. By not doing everything in our power to invest in these students, we are throwing away a vital economic resource that benefits all of us. We need educated well compensated committed professionals to help break the cycle of poverty for these students. These students are bright. They’re resourceful and they can be innovative in positive ways if we put our very best minds to it. When we don’t, everyone loses.

carlosgvv

February 17th, 2012
8:45 am

BW

Didn’t anyone ever tell you that birds of a feather flock together? And, did you ever read The Bell Curve?

commoncents

February 17th, 2012
8:43 am

Bernie- goods and services don’t care about race… they follow money. And no one is going to buy a nice house in/near the ghetto. It’s not just Atlanta; look at any major city. There is an eventual separation of the rich and poor. Poor neighborhoods don’t need Whole Foods or pool cleaning services that specialize in salt water pools or restaurants with $50 steaks

BW

February 17th, 2012
8:31 am

the oracle

That statement is almost the textbook definition of racism…the belief of inherent superiority of one race over another. That statement is garbage…I guarantee that any kid does better in an environment with parents that have stable jobs and live in the better school districts than those who don’t.

carlosgvv

I disagree…don’t confuse class and race. Many blacks live in Gwinnett, Fayette, Henry, and north and east Cobb, and north Fulton. There are far more blacks who don’t have college degrees than do…so the opportunities of many are very limited.

carlosgvv

February 17th, 2012
8:07 am

Many blacks have no use for integration and prefer to be with those like themselves. This needs to be kept in mind when making these studies.

Bernie

February 17th, 2012
2:00 am

The reality on the ground paints far different picture and certainly not as rosey. We are just as seperate by race, as ever. If one takes a look at the residential growth over a period of 30years from downtown Atlanta and out. You will find that the growth of the North of the city which is predominately White has grown with goods and services at a quantum rate . Whereas, from I-20 and south which is predominately Black the growth has all been stunted with fewer goods and services over the same time period. This has always been the story of the (2) two Atlanta’s seperate and unequal. The only thing has changed, is that we have masked the differences a little better.

SAWB

February 16th, 2012
7:16 pm

I think people’s attitudes have changed and we all seem to work, socialize, worship and play well together. It appears much of the residential segregation is really the result of all people making a decision to live where they want. There is no doubt a disparity in the quality of education offered to many African American children, but it is difficult to really know who to blame. After all African Americans have controlled the City of Atlanta for about forty years, so it is really hard to blame discrimination.