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    Contained
    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
    info, etc.

    Also
    included in the guide were three special sections entitled "People."
    Following are brief excerpts from the three sections:

    PEOPLE:
    HISPANICS:
    Remaking whole communities
    2001
    GUIDE BOOK
    Mark
    Bixler — Staff
    Thursday,
    July 26, 2001

    Excerpt:

    For
    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.

    Now
    the tradition is unfolding in metro Atlanta.

    Latino
    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.

    About
    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.

    PEOPLE:
    AFRICAN-AMERICANS:
    Atlanta is top draw in nation for blacks
    2001
    GUIDE BOOK
    Maurice
    Tamman and Ernie Suggs — Staff
    Thursday,
    July 26, 2001
    Excerpt:

    Over
    the last decade, almost half a million African-Americans flocked
    to metro Atlanta — the largest growth spurt of any black community
    in the nation.

    In
    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 decade.

    When
    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
    Michigan.

    Although
    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.

    PEOPLE:
    GAYS & LESBIANS: 10 things to know
    Community
    puts down roots
    2001
    GUIDE BOOK
    Jay
    Croft — Staff
    Thursday,
    July 26, 2001
    Excerpt:

    Atlanta
    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.)

    Gay
    visitors and new residents will find a mostly warm welcome. Here
    are the top 10 things natives and newcomers need to know about
    gay Atlanta:

    1. Gay
    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
    homosexuals.

    As
    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."

    Try
    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.

    Seriously,
    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.

    It
    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.

    Another
    excerpt from the "Gays and Lesbians" section:

    7.
    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!)

    I'll
    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?

    Clearly,
    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.

    To
    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.

    In
    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."

    Another
    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.

    July
    28, 2001

    Jef
    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
    liberty.

    Jef
    Allen Archives

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