in the Thursday, July 26 edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
(AJC), was a 42 page glossy-covered insert section called "The
Ultimate Metro Atlanta Guide Book: A Resource for Newcomers and
Natives." Contained in the guidebook were all sorts of facts
about Atlanta from how to get car tags to how to start your garden,
as well as pertinent info on how to buy tickets to major sporting
events, information on state government, hotline numbers, airport
included in the guide were three special sections entitled "People."
Following are brief excerpts from the three sections:
HISPANICS: Remaking whole communities
Bixler — Staff
July 26, 2001
more than 200 years, immigrants have followed friends and relatives
to specific neighborhoods in the United States. One person comes
here, finds a job and encourages others to follow. It's a pattern
that sprinkled the Midwest with German and Swedish settlements
and created Chinese enclaves in Los Angeles and New York.
the tradition is unfolding in metro Atlanta.
immigrants are clustering in apartment buildings and mobile home
parks in places such as Canton, Cumming, Duluth, East Point, Forest
Park, Marietta, Norcross and Smyrna.
210,600 moved to metro Atlanta in the 1990s, the U.S. Census Bureau
says, to take jobs created by the 1996 Summer Olympics, the building
boom around Atlanta and a hunger for workers in poultry plants.
AFRICAN-AMERICANS: Atlanta is top draw in nation for blacks
Tamman and Ernie Suggs — Staff
July 26, 2001
the last decade, almost half a million African-Americans flocked
to metro Atlanta — the largest growth spurt of any black community
in the nation.
fulfilling its promise as a black mecca, Atlanta was at the forefront
of a trend that saw 3.6 million blacks migrate to the South during
the 2000 census was taken, there were more than 1.2 million blacks
in metro Atlanta, giving the city the sixth-largest black population
in the country, according to a study of census data by Milken
Institute senior fellow William H. Frey for the University of
Atlanta still suffers from many big-city woes, such as crime and
poverty, its appeal to the young black elite is strikingly similar
to the lure that led Southern blacks from Georgia, Mississippi
and Alabama at the beginning of the last century to places like
Chicago, Detroit and New York: the opportunity to make more money,
get a good education and achieve a level of comfort and success.
GAYS & LESBIANS: 10 things to know
puts down roots
Croft — Staff
July 26, 2001
has long been recognized as one of the country's gay meccas. The
city is a finalist to host the 2006 Gay Games, a quadrennial athletic
and cultural event predicted by bid organizers to attract as many
as 1 million visitors. (A decision by the international organizing
body is expected in October.)
visitors and new residents will find a mostly warm welcome. Here
are the top 10 things natives and newcomers need to know about
South. In a metro area of more than 4 million people, it's
impossible to say how many are gay. But frequently cited estimates
say Atlanta has one of the nation's largest concentrations of
the center of the "new South," Atlanta has for decades
drawn all kinds of people — including artists, liberals, people
interested in racial equality, and gay men and lesbians — who
wanted to escape the "old South."
as I might, I could not locate the "People" section on
the straight, white, churchgoing Southerners. You know, the kind
of folks who are supposed to be embarrassed by their ethnicity and
heritage. I know there are still a few of them left around town.
Nor was there a "People" section on the large Asian-American
community located in and around Doraville, a northeast suburb of
Atlanta. As I am certain that these sections must have simply fallen
out of the guidebook prior to its being delivered to my home, I
have contacted the paper to have them resend me a complete copy
of this valuable tool.
I find this type of selective "group identity" categorizing
to be patently offensive. For example, I am informed by the guidebook
that the "young black elite" find Atlanta to be an appealing
place to locate. Can you imagine if that were to read "young
white elite"? Perish the thought, you racist! A phrase
like that would never make it past the editor of such an august
publication as the AJC.
is imperative to the left that group identity take precedent over
any common interests that individuals may have independent of race
or sexual preference. It is in this way that the socialists maintain
political relevance to their special interest groups. We are all
divided into units — black, gay, Hispanic, the elderly, women, whatever
— who can be portioned government largess and favor based on the
group dynamic. This keeps us from seeing that, as individual citizens,
this system ensures that we all keep getting the shaft.
excerpt from the "Gays and Lesbians" section:
Party all the time. Backstreet might be the city's best-known
disco that's (at least mostly) gay — and it's known all around
town as one of Atlanta's hottest 24-hour dance palaces. Downstairs,
shirtless guys dance the night away. Upstairs, drag diva Charlie
Brown's raunchy cabaret show draws a wide range of fans, from
celebs to suburbanites. (Careful if you're from Cobb County!)
bet that one got a couple of chuckles in the "diversity-enriched"
AJC newsroom. The last remark is a direct crack at the Christian
conservatives who inhabit Cobb County, a northern Atlanta suburb,
and who have gone on the record as being opposed to homosexuality,
a position that took on major significance with the gay community
prior to the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. Again, I ask, could such
a snide remark have ever made it past the editor if the situation
were reversed? Could a publicly devout Christian make an overt crack
about the gay community in an article published in the flagship
paper of the South?
this double standard is part of the "groupthink" that
dominates our major media today. Protected and favored groups get
love-pat coverage, while everyone else can go to hell. The AJC thinks
it's quite all right for Hispanics, blacks and gays to have their
group identity and cultural pride, and they will go out of their
way to nurture it. If any group of heterosexual Caucasians were
to try the same thing, however, they are immediately labeled racists,
homophobes, or far-right religious whack-jobs.
these folks, the worst insult that you can hurl at somebody is to
call them a Christian, or worse, a white, male Christian (heterosexual
implied). That's enough right there to negate your right to free
speech, freedom of association, and right to self-defense.
his book, America's
Real War, Rabbi Daniel Lapin argues the case that the one
binding constant of the left is the rejection of God. To quote Lapin,
"Why do gun-control advocates make common cause with militant
abortion advocates? What interests do either of these groups share
with the homosexual lobby? Why can these groups nearly always be
found standing shoulder to shoulder with the multiculturalism militia
and the condom counselors? Clearly, they must all share a great
unifying principle, which, whether intended or not, is anti-Godism."
sad aspect of all this is that the staff of the AJC must actually
think this kind of suck-up to the leftist's appointed special interest
groups will curry favor with their media elite counterparts in the
hotbeds of liberal malaise like New York, Washington, San Francisco
and Los Angeles. That's a laugh! These idiots still think it's a
big deal that Elton John lives (part-time) in Atlanta, and they
mention it every chance they get, including in "The Ultimate
Metro Guidebook." Can you imagine how hilarious that must seem
to the social set in New York? Hey, AJC, listen up! To those folks,
Atlanta will always be a backwater hick town, so stop pandering.
You're embarrassing yourselves.
Allen [send him mail]
is a technology professional in Georgia. As a reformed Yankee, who
has lived in the South for roughly twenty years, he has very little
tolerance for Northern sanctimony, or the erosion of individual