Atlanta isn’t the only major U.S. city approaching racial parity. From this morning’s Washington Post:
The number of African Americans residing in the District plummeted by more than 11 percent during the past decade, with blacks on the verge of losing their majority status in the city for the first time in half a century.
According to census statistics released Thursday, barely 50 percent of the District’s population was African American in 2010 — a remarkable shift in a place once nicknamed “Chocolate City.”
The black population dropped by more than 39,000 over the decade, down to 301,000 of the city’s 601,700 residents. At the same time, the non-Hispanic white population skyrocketed by more than 50,000 to 209,000 residents, almost a third higher than a decade earlier.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Atlanta’s population of 420,000 is now 53 percent African-American. The city is deciding whether or not to appeal the population figure – which is 120,000 bodies less than the estimate made by the census bureau in ’09.
The New York Times has this nifty interactive census chart of the entire U.S.
There are things you can say while you’re a state lawmaker, and things that have to wait until you’re out of office. From a piece on agriculture and illegal immigration in Georgia, in today’s Wall Street Journal:
“There is no farm in this county that could continue without Mexican labor,” said Robert Ray, a Crawford County farmer who for years led the agriculture committee in the Georgia House.
Walter Jones of the Morris News Service today tells the story of a House committee chairman, who this week accepted amendments to a water-financing bill from others – but turned aside those offered by state Rep. Mark Hatfield, R-Waycross. One senses an inter-basin transfer argument.
Today’s Marietta Daily Journal says former Cobb County Commission chairman Bill Byrne, who ran an unsuccessful campaign for governor in 2002, is seeking his old Cobb job again. He’ll be running against incumbent chairman Tim Lee.
Today’s AJC Politifact looks at whether Gov. Nathan Deal was telling the truth when he said the HOPE scholarship “has helped turn our university system into one of the best in the Southeast.”
And Atlanta blogger Stephanie Ramage has this:
The Atlanta Police Department has chosen a name for the unit formerly known as Red Dog: APEX, the acronym for Atlanta Proactive Enforcement & Interdiction. True, there is no “X,” but the unit hasn’t been obsessed with details in recent years and APEI doesn’t have the same ring to it.
The 36-person unit is scheduled for training March 28 through April 1. It will be under the command of Lt. J.D. Patterson.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider