Can anything stop Henry from turning ...

Can anything stop Henry from turning into another Clayton county?

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Scooby22

Atlanta, GA

#1 Feb 18, 2009
I propose this question because I have already fled Henry for greener pastures. I want to know what those of you that are still there think. I grew up in Morrow, and saw first hand what was coming and knew that the max exodus was coming, also known as White Flight. After I got back from college I settled in Henry county like so many others from Clayton county had. Now ten years later Henry county has all but turned into Clayco south! The final straw for me was going to a pageant at Dutchtown Middle school a year and half ago. I had to look around to make sure I wasnt in Riverdale. It was truly shocking for me and my wife. So with that said can anything save Henry county? My personal opinion is no! Henry followed the same idiotic growth plan that Clayton did. Lots of crappy apartments and lots of low to moderate income housing followed by very little code enforcement. What do you plan on doing? Continuing to move south? Leaving the state? What?
Stop Judging

Boynton Beach, FL

#2 Mar 10, 2009
Scooby22 wrote:
I propose this question because I have already fled Henry for greener pastures. I want to know what those of you that are still there think. I grew up in Morrow, and saw first hand what was coming and knew that the max exodus was coming, also known as White Flight. After I got back from college I settled in Henry county like so many others from Clayton county had. Now ten years later Henry county has all but turned into Clayco south! The final straw for me was going to a pageant at Dutchtown Middle school a year and half ago. I had to look around to make sure I wasnt in Riverdale. It was truly shocking for me and my wife. So with that said can anything save Henry county? My personal opinion is no! Henry followed the same idiotic growth plan that Clayton did. Lots of crappy apartments and lots of low to moderate income housing followed by very little code enforcement. What do you plan on doing? Continuing to move south? Leaving the state? What?
Scott Linton?
supra22

Atlanta, GA

#3 Mar 16, 2009
Stop Judging wrote:
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Scott Linton?
Why????
Living In Henry

Griffin, GA

#4 Mar 21, 2009
Scobby22 I get it, it's a color thing. Well unfortunately for you I am a person of color. A retired veteran and a government worker. People like yourself need to quit blaming everything that happens in their cities on black folks. Granted there are some who create trouble but there's just as many white folks who do their share of dirt too. A criminal is a criminal regardless of the color. As you can see from recent incidents, you can't run to the hills because crime is there also. And not always comitted by blacks. We all need to get pass this color barrier and accept people for who they are. When will you stop running?
Really

Loganville, GA

#5 Apr 4, 2009
I do hope that you realize, that through the racism colored glasses you currently wear that the rediculous things you say make you sound like someone stuck about fifty years in the past.

I'm a young white female who has grown up in henry county my whole life, and actually enjoy it. And that's because I love my pulic school in which I attend and I love the people that attend it and I love how so many people get along and that the majority of the disagreements that happen between me and other students aren't ones based out of race or nationality but out of a clashing of each individual's personality. And I have in fact, distanced myself from many friends who I came to clash with when their racism equal to yours became apparent. On top of that I plan to attend Clayton State College next year and am very excited about it and find it wonderful that there is a college so close to my house.

So as you and many like you continually endure on their 'white flight'. Just remember, that although you find yourself so mightily special and smart, run as much as you like, because people that aren't white do own cars, can buy houses and do live in suburbia and will continue to be entwined and very much needed for true growth and prosperity to take place. So run if you like, but you'll be running yourself out of civilization. And the farther away from civilization you find yourself closer to barbarianism and stupidity.
supra22

Newnan, GA

#6 Apr 17, 2009
Really wrote:
I do hope that you realize, that through the racism colored glasses you currently wear that the rediculous things you say make you sound like someone stuck about fifty years in the past.
I'm a young white female who has grown up in henry county my whole life, and actually enjoy it. And that's because I love my pulic school in which I attend and I love the people that attend it and I love how so many people get along and that the majority of the disagreements that happen between me and other students aren't ones based out of race or nationality but out of a clashing of each individual's personality. And I have in fact, distanced myself from many friends who I came to clash with when their racism equal to yours became apparent. On top of that I plan to attend Clayton State College next year and am very excited about it and find it wonderful that there is a college so close to my house.
So as you and many like you continually endure on their 'white flight'. Just remember, that although you find yourself so mightily special and smart, run as much as you like, because people that aren't white do own cars, can buy houses and do live in suburbia and will continue to be entwined and very much needed for true growth and prosperity to take place. So run if you like, but you'll be running yourself out of civilization. And the farther away from civilization you find yourself closer to barbarianism and stupidity.
Get back to me when Henry looks exactly like Clayton which isnt very far away. If you and your parents have no problem with you going to a majority black school then fine, stay and deal with the sh*t storm that will follow. Just know that the overwhelming majority of whites in Henry will not be along side of you, they will have already had the good sense to flee!
proud american

AOL

#7 Apr 22, 2009
You are a racist hatemonger. I hope you move out of Henry and Clayton and all the surrounding counties. If you are too racist to understand that people should be judge by their character and not the color of their skin, then I feel sorry for you. You can run to any of the seven continents of the world, you will still encounter different races and ethnic groups. Instead of running your whole life, why don't you go to church, and pray the hate be removed from your heart. Opps... your church may be racist too.
Henry County Resident

Douglasville, GA

#8 Jun 5, 2009
I agree.....Clayton county is nasty, I grew up in Morrow as well and I am completely disgusted at how this county has panned out. The schools used to some of the best in Georgia, now they are by far the worst, and the quality of life is disgusting in Clay. Co. The one common denominator that can be attributed to the demise of this area is....Blacks. Dont get me wrong there are many blacks in this society that are great people and hard working. Many that do not act like gangsters and are very model citizens, but as a whole that race is barbaric. Turn on the news and watch all of the crime that you see, black on black crime. This is not a racist view, this is reality. Its time to wake up as a race and start acting civilized, this is the way to stop having whites be so scared to reside in your communities.
Living In Henry

Griffin, GA

#9 Jun 6, 2009
Henry Count Resident....I disagree with you. You need to open your eyes also. Yes, blacks are publicized more than any other race when a crime is committed. But I refuse to believe that ALL crime that happens in these counties are attributed to blacks. There's more white kids out there that are trying to be just as gangster as blacks than you all want to admit. Let's not forget the mexicans and asians. Look and you will see how many of them belong to gangs, listen to just as much gangster rap music as the blacks and wear the stereotypical attire. Let's ALL admit that the children (regardless of race) need a positive outlet that isn't availble these days. I pray for you and all the other racist in the world that you accept my boys for their character and not the color of their skin. Because they are wonderful boys, non-trouble makers and college graduates.
Henry County Resident

Douglasville, GA

#10 Jun 7, 2009
That is great and i glad to hear that you have intelligent and well respected chiildren in this community. The answer is what you stated, they had a positive role model, and were obviously shown the right direction as they were being raised. I am just stating the fact that there is more crime committed by blacks, true their is a lot of crime with whites, mexicans and asians but based on percentages blacks take the cake. Why would you want to wear attire that makes people stereotype you as a gangster or a drug dealer?? That does not make sense, if you are a great person why would you want people to then assume you are a piece of shit???Please enlighten me???
Living In Henry

Griffin, GA

#11 Jun 8, 2009
That same attire is being worn by just as many whites as it is blacks. You all are just determined to place everything that happen in this society o blacks. Are you saying just because a person wears a certain type of clothing makes them a gangster? What about the white color person who decides they want to dress down when they get off work? Oh I get it, I can be a white professor and I can kill three people but it's ok because I am a white professional. Or, I can still from my people billions of dollars and it's ok because I'm a white professional. Let's not forget the Barbie Bandits, because they have money and white, "it was just a mistake" when they robbed a bank. They got away with a slap on the hand and their black accomplice went to jail. Oh, the worst crime commited by two white men in recent history; I can screw up this economy for 8 years, price gouuge gasoline, pad my bank account from all of these companies and to H*** with the people let them figure out how to live. This society is color driven and unfortunately blacks get the worst end of the deal.
1. They are always at fault when something goes wrong.
2. They receive a harsher punishemnt than their white counterparts.
3. They are prejudged, just by the color of their skin.
4. The punishment don't always fit the crime.
You all need to stop prejuding a race. Judge an individual based on what you KNOW about them. I can't say that every white person I meet is racist and a card carrying member of the KKK. I have met a few who is questionable.
Living In Henry

Griffin, GA

#12 Jun 8, 2009
By the way, if it wasn't for the white folk with the never closed wallet and the taste for drugs you wouldn't have a need to worry about the drug dealer. How do you classify the meth dealers and makers. I hate to tell you sweetie, shhh "they're white". Or the little white children who play the "Huffing game" you don't see any black kids inhaling dangerous fumes to get high. Or the little sweeties who steal pain medicine from their parents medicine cabinets and sell them to their friends. Black I think not. Look in your own mirror before casting judgment.
Melinda Banks

Lithonia, GA

#13 Jun 10, 2009
I found a great place in Henry County Have Some Cafe off Hampton Road where it was a good mix of people (diverse) and there was discussion going on at the bar similar to this one, but without the disrespect and hate. I think that we are in a great place in our lifetime to really create the type of change that we all want and need. I think for some whites who don't understand the hip-hop culture and how it is about imitating what and who is identified as powerful. We all want to be powerful, but blacks and really all minorities at some point have felt inferiorand powerless for various reasons and periods of time that were beyond their immediate control. But the point is there is crime that is committed by all races. Some crimes are categorized to show the ills of the person or the community of like people he or she belongs to. But the key word is ill. Something is ailing that person whether it be economic dispair, mental illness, or the need to belong, there are real issues that one must begin to attribute these actions to. We can't keep saying that it is one race over another, this will continue to cover up the issue and we will all continue to live in fear of one another. This fear would be and is misplaced. Color never jumped out and hurt you, the person did, so you need to think about what's ailing the person and the community around him or her. The community could be the actual neighborhood, city or town, but the real community is your household, your family and friends. If everyone is connected and one person's arm is broken, there is a broken link in what you have to lift everyone up. Think about what good it would do for our souls to come together. How great it would be for our lives overall if we stopped blaming each other and asked if there was something we could do to help.
Swooped

Savannah, GA

#14 Jun 12, 2009
Glad I got out of CC 20 years ago. You should see my old neighborhoods. No, you shouldn't. What used to be very nice neighborhoods, with well kept lawns, now look like dumpsters. Would it be racist to say that the majority of residents of those neighborhoods are no longer caucasion? Well, it's probably more of a coincidence, don't you think? When I wax nostalgic, Clayton Co. is no longer I could see going back to. Sorry. It's the truth.
Swooped

Savannah, GA

#15 Jun 12, 2009
And...I don't live in Lilburn. I live on the GA coast.
2 Cents

Athens, GA

#16 Jun 21, 2009
Wow. I can't believe that it's 2009 and I'm coming across the phrase "white-flight". I'm not from Henry County, but from Southern California. I bought a home here in Henry County about 2 years ago. As a single/no children/educated African American male, Henry County provided much of what I was looking for in terms of residency. It bothers me to know that my moving here would be the basis as to why someone has decided to move out. Actually, it's probably for the best. I'd much rather encounter individuals here whom are open and optimistic about growth and development( http://fcw.com/articles/2004/05/03/atlanta-la... ) than those who may frown because my skin is a few shades darker. Like it or not, I am a Henry County resident.
2 Cents

Athens, GA

#17 Jun 21, 2009
And..I don't live in Covington. I live in McDonough.
Cooter

Atlanta, GA

#18 Jul 17, 2009
Living In Henry wrote:
By the way, if it wasn't for the white folk with the never closed wallet and the taste for drugs you wouldn't have a need to worry about the drug dealer. How do you classify the meth dealers and makers. I hate to tell you sweetie, shhh "they're white". Or the little white children who play the "Huffing game" you don't see any black kids inhaling dangerous fumes to get high. Or the little sweeties who steal pain medicine from their parents medicine cabinets and sell them to their friends. Black I think not. Look in your own mirror before casting judgment.
You did a great job of avoiding the fact that since minorities moved into Clayton county it turned into a criminal infested ghetto! Matter of fact ALL once white areas that turn minorities are shells of their former selves! Point out ONE place where this is not true and I will renounce every negative thing I have ever said about what minoriites have done to Clayton county! Just ONE!!
Henry County Thoughts

Marietta, GA

#19 Jul 18, 2009
I hate the racial overtones, but if you looks at the crime statistics there is evidence of more crime as broken out by some racial groups then others. Is that because of a lack of opportunities, education, financial means? I don't know. Heck, you can make generalizations across a number of ethnic/cultural categories for all the races based on statistical analysis. In my day-to-day activities I judge people by their actions individually, but as I have a responsibility to my family I have to take into account where I live; does it tax too high, does it have sufficient infrastructure, are the schools good and what is the crime like.
For the same reasons I would not move back into Clayton County or into downtown Atlanta and my Black friends have told me they won't either. I hope people can be intellectually honest here with the facts.
Sevento

Loganville, GA

#20 Jul 28, 2009
We all should have concerns regardless of our racial background. It is true that an influx of minorites eventually. Forget Clayton county for a minute. Take a look at the whole east metro area, west metro, north metro. It is a metro problem rather than a specific area. If you close the projects and displace the residents to areas in the surburbs, what can you expect other than those areas to becoming ghettos. White people are not the only race affected, what about our seniors, our youth, and those who just want to live the American dream. Until we all take a stand and stop running, the problem will only follow you to the gates of hell or heaven.

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