Thank you, Aaron Turpeau.
Turpeau, one of the original cogs in Maynard Jackson’s political machine, has been distributing a memo for the so-called Black Leadership Forum that burst into the public realm Thursday. The document describes, among other things, a desire for black voters in this fall’s Atlanta mayoral election to back a single black candidate in order to defeat Mary Norwood, the first serious white challenger for the office in some years.
Judging by public reaction to the memo on ajc.com and by statements from some of the candidates, there is rightly a lot of anger among blacks and whites alike about any ploy to make race central to this election.
For this contest is too critical to be decided on anything but the issues. The City Too Busy to Hate is fast becoming the City Too Mismanaged to Function .
So let’s look at this memo as an opportunity.
For starters, it should be more difficult now for any candidate to turn the election, even obliquely, into a race about