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

JMH

February 19th, 2012
5:47 pm

Have a smile hit the nail on the head! Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Jimmy

February 19th, 2012
8:39 am

The landscape of “equity” is growing more complex. It always has been more complex than we made it.
There is an underlying notion in both of the analyses of the issue that something must be somehow done about percieved ineqity. I suggest that idea is flawed. Inequity results from many factors, racial discrimination being only one and a smaller one at that.
What is clear from the past forty years is that individual decisons affect individual lives. When people make the choices that are needed for economic and family success they are (imperfectly) rewarded for those choices. Conversely, when babies are raised by only one parent, when academic effort is not prized, when hard work is not elevated as a value, when children are not taught to delay gratification or to control emotions then there are economic and social consequences.

Not surprisingly, the rewards and consequences of our choices are generational. Our chilren are generally beneficiaries of good choices and pay the price for selfish or lazy ones. Families can go backward in a generation but sustained progress can take several.

The consequences for poor choices are essential. Otherwise, everyone would make the easy ones.

This simple fact is the reason that socialism fails. Ultimately, societies like Greece or Spain simply run out of other people’s money to fund the bad choices of wide swaths of their society. It’s not fundemementally an issue of race but of effort and reward.

ooneal

February 17th, 2012
5:11 pm

After being born, raised, in living in Atlanta for most of my life, I had to get out of there and move south. As one commenter said, It has gone to hell in a hand basket with no hope for the future. So, please, keep those people up in Atlanta. We don’t want them down here where we live in the peaceful, quiet suburbs

Halftrack

February 17th, 2012
2:33 pm

The simple solution to this is an affirmative action plan for the Latino’s.

skipper

February 17th, 2012
2:26 pm

Over the last 40 years or so a large part of Atlanta has gone to hell in a handbasket….you do the math!

☺☻Have A Smile!

February 17th, 2012
1:44 pm

Could it be that deep seated bigotry becomes awakened in them?

Nope it could not be that.

Some of us are just tired of the crap.

☺☻Have A Smile!

February 17th, 2012
1:41 pm

Oh, great. Another “study” by a “think tank.” (A.K.A. those who do not have to attempt solve real, practical problems.

Please excuse me while I break out the world’s tiniest violin to play some sad music to accompany the pity party of “racial equality” discussion.

I’m all for helping my fellow man but only those who are willing to help themselves.

I busted my a$$ to get an education & get somewhere in life. Nobody gave me a free ride either. I’m sick of people who make excuses – especially pulling out the magical race card – and aren’t willing to do the following:

- Make sacrifices in order to get a better job and/or education
- Be self-reliant with no expectations to live off the taxpayer’s money
- Integrate into mixed-race society or move to a better environment and attempt to actually get along with others who aren’t black
- Attempt to contribute to society

I’ve just had it up to HERE with this “racial equality” nonsense. I’m sure I’m not alone.

The very subject, in this day and age, contributes nothing helpful & only typically only serves to promote division and chips away at the racially equality that does exist, which is pretty much excellent.

skipper

February 17th, 2012
1:17 pm

@lynnbo;
You said it all!

Jack

February 17th, 2012
1:17 pm

A child born in a home without a father is the child’s worst handicap. That’s true in all races.

Pompano

February 17th, 2012
12:29 pm

The idiot ‘Lead Researcher” states that no single factor is the cause here. Hello!!! It’s the percentage of children born out of wedlock!!! It’s double the percentage for blacks in the metro area than whites.

Across the board, two people working together to raise a family and build assets are going to beat out the alternative.