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Thu Nov 8, 2018, 08:56 AM

Wealthy white people in Atlanta suburb tried to secede from their black-led town. They failed.

You don't have to be middle-class or poor to be absolutely deplorable.


Wealthy white people in Atlanta suburb tried to secede from their black-led town. They failed.
White residents had sought to create an enclave, separate from the control of elected black leaders.
Sam Fulwood III
Nov 8, 2018, 8:00 am


While many political observers across the nation focused with keen-eyed attention to Tuesday night’s gubernatorial election in Georgia, where Stacey Abrams sought to become the nation’s first black woman governor, an equally racially-contentious matter was on the ballot last night — one that went largely unnoticed outside of an Atlanta suburb, where wealthy white people pushed an ultimately unsuccessful campaign to secede from their black-led town.

A ballot initiative to partition off the most affluent — and overwhelmingly white populated — sections of Stockbridge from its predominately black communities failed in Tuesday’s midterm voting. By a vote of 3,473 in favor and 4,545 in opposition, residents in the existing Henry County city rejected a controversial proposal to carve out a new town — to be called Eagle’s Landing — from within its boundaries.

Like the state’s gubernatorial election, where issues of voter suppression and bigoted robocalls provided a racist backdrop to otherwise high-minded campaign themes, the Eagle’s Landing effort drew heavily upon white residents’ rejection of black political leadership, while claiming that their real motive was economic development for the city.

Secessionist movements are a real thing in various parts of the United States, where groups of like-minded people seek to withdraw from their communities when social, racial, religious, or other cultural changes occur not to their liking. For example, a Texas group was inspired by the 2016 British vote to leave the European Union, prompting the Texas Nationalist Movement to attempt a so-called “Texit” effort, which drew a rebuke from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

But, in Georgia, the effort was more serious and came much closer to reality.

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https://thinkprogress.org/eagles-landing-referendum-fails-c84691c5d573/

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Reply Wealthy white people in Atlanta suburb tried to secede from their black-led town. They failed. (Original post)
babylonsister Nov 8 OP
FakeNoose Nov 8 #1
Demsrule86 Nov 8 #2
babylonsister Nov 8 #3
Demsrule86 Nov 8 #4
struggle4progress Nov 8 #5
ProfessorPlum Nov 9 #6

Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 09:00 AM

1. They should move to Russia

I'm sure they'd be welcome there.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 09:32 AM

2. I lived in Georgia ...it was good in some ways ...schools more integrated at the middle class

level but with a good deal of racist people. I don't know what is worse sometimes because economic segregation means your kids never come in contract with people of color...but Georgia was definitely racist which was why I was surprised that Stacy Abrams did as well as she did. But the flip side of Georgia is that my kids had Black and Latina friends. In Ohio, there were three Black kids in their High School...and about the same in the elementary and middle schools.

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Response to Demsrule86 (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 01:52 PM

3. I lived there for 5+ years.

The rednecks and racists I encountered made me want to leave so I eventually did.

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Response to babylonsister (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 02:53 PM

4. hubs got a different job so we left but not too many rednecks in woodstock or marietta but

racists yes.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 03:16 PM

5. "Why do we need poor or black people in our town? Let's kick them out!

They can have the town name too when they go, just as long as we don't have to be their neighbors!"

Why Do You Have to Be My Neighbor?

It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood
A beautiful day get rid of a neighbor
Do you have to be mine?
Couldn't I ditch you?

It's a neighborly day in this beautywood
A neighborly day for a beauty
Do you have to be mine?
Can't I ditch you?

I never wanted to have a neighbor like you
I've always wanted to live in a neighborhood far from you

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 09:51 AM

6. "Eagle's Landing"? LOL.. Barf

Why not "Patriotville" or "MAGA Town"

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