Clayton NAACP fights sales tax

Jan 26, 2008 Full story: Atlanta Journal-Constitution 11

“The money they are collecting, they are not spending it. Why would the community give them more money?”

The Clayton County NAACP rallied residents Thursday night to vote against an upcoming penny sales tax referendum. via Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Balance

Oklahoma City, OK

#1 Feb 26, 2008
This coming from a progressive African American male, Clayton County government and officials have pushed back black leadership 20 years.
Where is the NAACP that was so adament about fighting against a penny tax referendum to make improvements to the county infrastructure?
Clayton County is not all negative, but what is currently happening in the county are primary reasons why most educated and progressive African Americans want to get as far away from predominately black areas.
There is a definate generation gap between democrats of the old school (who got into power by using the race card, catering to the un-educated, and promoting unqualified people to positions) and the progressive movement who can see, read and decipher between the political motives.
For those who are progressive, without kids, and can brave the storm, maybe this is a good thing. While I hope Clayton County doesn't lose its accreditation, if it does then maybe it will be in a better position to have progressive businesses and corporations to come in at a discounted cost, change the demographics, and push out the trash very much like what is being done in the North.
Maybe it will actually put the heat on Clayton County's internal issues and a more "balanced" structure will be put in place. It really can't get much worse than this.
Jane Grey

Atlanta, GA

#2 Mar 4, 2008
You are using the wrong term, but otherwise I agree with you. I am not a progressive, but rather an educated women of color. That is why people my age are moving to well run suburban area like Gwinnett, Rockdale and Fayette County. They counties are racially integrated, the school are good, and they have something else that Clayton and the city of Atlanta does not. Well run suburbs are Republican. I am not a progressive, I am a modern conservative living in the New South.
GTB

Stockbridge, GA

#3 May 16, 2008
I am a very progressive, highly educated, young, African-American male, and I live in Clayton County. It is true that Clayton County has its problems, but migrating to the North as some "new" negroes have decided to do is not the answer for me and my family. I can afford to live anywhere in the Atlanta-metro area, but unlike the above commentators, I choose to live around my people with our good and bad points. What happened to the charge of the talented tenth living in and among their own people to be a guide and beacon of light to those whom we may have a little more insight than because of our fortune to quality education. However I do understand when you have children, you want the best for them, and Clayton does have its share of problems, but like any city or county there are diamonds to be discovered. For example my son goes to E.W. Oliver elementary, which has an outstanding program specifically showing excellence in Math and Science. By the way the principle is a black male who strives for excellence. So you can have Gwinett, Rockdale and Fayette Counties, and don't worry when the economy gets better you all will see the same "good" ole white folks you all call "neighbor" move out the neighborhood and schools you all live in faster than speed racer.
Say What

Dallas, TX

#4 May 20, 2008
GTB, You sir may be a very Progressive, Highly Educated, Young, African-American Male. But you are somewhat more of a racist than anything else. You use the standard buzz words to insight emotions such as "My People" and "Good ole White Folks" and "New Negros".
You're not kidding anyone around here that also has a good education and a good job. I am a Retired Sergeant Major with 25 years of service in "our" Unites States Army. I also have two College Degrees. I have served side by side with men and women of every color and every ethnic background. There are good and bad folks in all races.
I grew up in Georgia and made a conscious decision to return upon retirement. I have been in my home in what is now becoming the roughest part of Clayton County for 15 years. I've lived thru "White Flight" and the "Mexican Invasion" here in Clayton County. I don't care if your white, Black, Red, Brown or Yellow.
If you are not teaching your kids to be successful, respect others, and to stay away from drugs, then you (Not you personally), are a root cause of the problems affecting the County today.
Please don't tell me that I don't understand the plight of the Black man either. I have also been a foster parent in this county for 10 years and have fostered and mentored several young African American men that have moved onto college and Technical Schools and have become successful.
None of us are owed anything, by anyone. Yeah Slavery Sucked, and I am happy to live in a time where that is not the norm. The fact of the matter is that many black mothers are left to their own devices after having children and being left alone by black men. If the fathers in the community would pull their heads out of the Bongs, Booze and Needles long enough, and assume responsibility for their children, the generational issues of poverty and ignorance could be eradicated.
I applaud Jane for wanting the best for her family. That's the goal, and her kids will grow up better for it. Why should her kids grow up in the Ghetto?(Which is what Clayton is quickly becoming) Why should they be subjected to Drug Dealers, Thugs, Bullies, and Prostitutes? Because it's a Black thing? BS. Those are things people do that have given up, are uneducated, or just plain lazy and think the man owes them something. The Goal is to pull those that can be saved (Regardless of Color) out of those bad situations. You cannot save them all, just not going to happen. Subjecting your kids to all of these issues is not going to be good for them in the long run. I have told all my kids, paternal and foster, once you leave here, DO NOT COME BACK. Visits are OK, but never to live again. The sights and sounds of sirens, helicopters and gang fights on the streets are not living a successful existence.
Get a grip dude...
Happy in Peachtree City

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#5 May 22, 2008
I bought a house in Riverdale in 1980. My kids are now grown (my baby is 34). I moved in 2006 to Peachtree City. No, I do not have kids in school in Clayton County anymore. And my nice big four bedroom house is paid for (I'm renting it at this time). But when it got to the point that I was having my purse stolen right off my shoulder in broad daylight, it was time to go. Maybe I'll be able to sell my Riverdale house one day (without having to practically give it away). Till then, I guess I'll just have to use the rent to pay the mortgage on my house in Peachtree City. Either way, I'm so much calmer and happier in Peachtree City.
GTB

Stockbridge, GA

#6 May 23, 2008
To Newport Beach, CA. I'm not mad at you, and your response is valid. All I'm saying is that we have enough progressive African-Americans where our schools systems, and neighborhoods don't have to suck. I relly would like to see neighborhoods, that are tailored to progressive and educated blacks. Those who do help their children with their homework, and who do teach their children character education. I think we should have alternatives besides moving to Gwintette, Henry or Fayette. I agree at times it is a war of attrition, and those who can be saved will. If I felt that where I'm at got crazy, then I would jet as well, for me and more importantly my children's progress. I just think it is unfortunate that we don't have alternative choices.
educated

Riverdale, GA

#7 Dec 31, 2008
Jane Grey wrote:
You are using the wrong term, but otherwise I agree with you. I am not a progressive, but rather an educated women of color. That is why people my age are moving to well run suburban area like Gwinnett, Rockdale and Fayette County. They counties are racially integrated, the school are good, and they have something else that Clayton and the city of Atlanta does not. Well run suburbs are Republican. I am not a progressive, I am a modern conservative living in the New South.
You call yourself an educated woman of color?
You said "They counties are racially integrated"
I'd hate to read a statemant from an uneducated person of color!
black and proud

Atlanta, GA

#8 Sep 30, 2011
Jane Grey wrote:
You are using the wrong term, but otherwise I agree with you. I am not a progressive, but rather an educated women of color. That is why people my age are moving to well run suburban area like Gwinnett, Rockdale and Fayette County. They counties are racially integrated, the school are good, and they have something else that Clayton and the city of Atlanta does not. Well run suburbs are Republican. I am not a progressive, I am a modern conservative living in the New South.
what she is saying is......when a rat runs out of food in atlanta, they go to other sities where they can find food.IE stealing,and robberies.
Born n Raised in Clayton

Atlanta, GA

#9 Oct 4, 2011
Look folks its very very simple!! When black people move into a community the home values decrease and the crime increases. Everyone seems to want to skirt the real truth here that Clayton County has become a welfare crime ridden county. Look at all the murders and crime thats going on there that did not used to be there. Okay everyone is going to comment that I am wrong here but we all know deep down thats the core of the problem.
BehindYouatpubli x

Hampton, GA

#10 Oct 4, 2011
Jane Grey wrote:
You are using the wrong term, but otherwise I agree with you. I am not a progressive, but rather an educated women of color. That is why people my age are moving to well run suburban area like Gwinnett, Rockdale and Fayette County. They counties are racially integrated, the school are good, and they have something else that Clayton and the city of Atlanta does not. Well run suburbs are Republican. I am not a progressive, I am a modern conservative living in the New South.
Oh we can tell you are Edumacated "an educated women", "They counties are", "the school are good"..... Educated woman of color indeed

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#11 Oct 9, 2011
Born n Raised in Clayton wrote:
Look folks its very very simple!! When black people move into a community the home values decrease and the crime increases. Everyone seems to want to skirt the real truth here that Clayton County has become a welfare crime ridden county. Look at all the murders and crime thats going on there that did not used to be there. Okay everyone is going to comment that I am wrong here but we all know deep down thats the core of the problem.
I agree, Clayton County has become a crime ridden county. It is sad that those problems are more rampant when the black population increases by large numbers as it has in Clayton County. But there's no denying it. No one wants to live where they have to worry about their purse being jerked off their shoulder in broad day light. Where you could easily become a victim of even more serious crimes just by living or shopping there. The police can't fix the problem, they can only clean up afterwards.

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