June 10, 2014
From: A FORMER Augusta Resident [Email him]
Augusta, Georgia, like many American cities, has been on the ledge for some time. It seems that it is about to get the push. This is yet another example of how a once great American city is about to succumb to the awesome power of the “Magic Negro”
Metro Spirit, a local news site, published an article titled “Is Augusta Ready for a Majority Black Commission”, by their anonymous “Sunday Insider.”[June 7, 2014]
The article discusses a possible shift in power on the Augusta City Commission that may occur based upon an upcoming election offering a choice between black and white candidates.
I am a former resident of the Augusta area, and have seen this same racial dynamic in politics all of my life: The writer seems to be either tip-toeing around a racially charged issue, or suffering from schizophrenia.
Quote from the article:
If Hasan wins, Augusta will have six black commissioners and four white commissioners representing the county.
The funny thing is though, you haven’t heard much about this new possible “shift” in power.
When Aitken was running, everyone in town was talking about the possibility of having six white commissioners on the board, instead of a 5-5 split.
A group of ministers, led by the Augusta Baptist Ministers Conference, was even holding press conferences about how the election of Aitken was going to disrupt the racial balance of the commission.
In 2009, Rev. Alexander Smith, a Southern Christian Leadership Conference board member, told The Augusta Chronicle that an Aitken victory might require legal action because it would be a “constitutional violation.”
The whole situation was pretty amazing.
But, this time around, the public has heard very little about the shift in power from either the white or black community.
Despite recognizing this “disparate treatment” between a majority-white versus a majority-black commission, the writer goes on to say, “But the election of Ben Hasan would definitely shake things up. And not in a bad way.”