Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Tuesday, December 05, 2017

The city that gave Martin Luther King Jr. his pulpit and the south its first black mayor may elect its first white one in nearly half a century Tuesday. The debate over whether that's a step backward or forward has turned the contest into an ugly, racially tinged and nationalized battle that has divided a city known for better relations between its black and white communities. President Donald Trump has even become a factor in this heavily Democratic, majority African-American city.

Advertisement

Advertisement

More

Alternate links: Google News | Twitter

The candidates in Tuesday's runoff election for the city's next mayor are both women, both city council members, and both tout support for progressive policies. One is black, the other is white.

Polls show a neck-and-neck contest between Mary Norwood, a white Independent, who is garnering about 80 percent of the white vote, and Keisha Lance Bottoms, a black Democrat, who captures about three-quarters of the black vote.

Comments

Admin's note: Participants in this discussion must follow the site's moderation policy. Profanity will be filtered. Abusive conduct is not allowed.

I'm sorry libs, but if minorities don't let go of this thing where they'll only vote for members of their own race, and look at their actual record on the issues instead, the dem party will be too fractured to beat repubs going forward.

If bernie sanders had been black, he would have beaten hillary.

I get it. If white men had been oppressing and mistreating you your whole life, it would be hard to vote for one, but dismissing someone as evil because of their race is just as racist as trump is.

African americans got a taste of voting for a member of their race in 2008 and 2016, and I'm afraid they're never going to vote for another white person again, which will result in more repubs winning, and great harm to their communities.

#1 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-12-05 02:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

For this election, it seems that same can be said about white voters. Why do only blacks have to change?

#2 | Posted by bored at 2017-12-05 03:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

For this election, it seems that same can be said about white voters. Why do only blacks have to change?

#2 | Posted by bored

Because liberal whites are open to voting for all races. Liberal minorities are the ones being racist in who they'll vote for.

#3 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-12-05 03:34 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 2

You're missing quite a few facts and real issues Speak. You need to get more information and reassess your conclusions.

#4 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-12-05 04:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#1 | Posted by SpeakSoftly

That's an awful lot of lumping and lacking of facts. I am with Bruce on this. A preference is one thing but what you are suggesting is not indicated by the facts.

Don't get me wrong a certain percentage I am sure feel that way and have shown that but the turnout of Blacks was also limited by many other things this past Presidential election cycle. Things like repressive laws (and or impressions those laws were in effect) not to mention voter list cleansings...

#5 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-12-05 04:24 PM | Reply

As someone that's lived in the area for many years and knows local politics fairly well I understand the angst. Mary Norwood only became an independent in order to be able to keep her seat on council. She's a Karen Handel style Republican at heart. No matter what she says regarding support for progressive policy positions those are simply a cover to stay relevant where she is not.

#6 | Posted by Reagan58 at 2017-12-05 04:35 PM | Reply

You're missing quite a few facts and real issues Speak. You need to get more information and reassess your conclusions.

That happens with Shreek on a daily basis, are you new here?

#7 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-12-05 04:45 PM | Reply

It's a real problem when white folks re-gentrify core neighborhoods, like they are doing in the ATL. All of a sudden, those white folks don't appreciate being talked down to, and don't like it when politicians who say they are 'for neighborhoods' (READ: block folks) don't support things like increased police presence, cleaner streets and city assistance in ending blight. This election is baring some of those feelings.

Say what you will--the ATL is still segregated, with most blacks below I-20 and most whites in Cobb and DeKalb counties, up north of town...

#8 | Posted by catdog at 2017-12-05 05:02 PM | Reply

You're missing quite a few facts and real issues Speak. You need to get more information and reassess your conclusions.

#4 | Posted by BruceBanner

All you have to do is look at turnout in 2008 vs 2016 in both primaries and the general.
www.politico.com

#9 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-12-05 05:47 PM | Reply

That's an awful lot of lumping and lacking of facts. I am with Bruce on this. A preference is one thing but what you are suggesting is not indicated by the facts.

Don't get me wrong a certain percentage I am sure feel that way and have shown that but the turnout of Blacks was also limited by many other things this past Presidential election cycle. Things like repressive laws (and or impressions those laws were in effect) not to mention voter list cleansings...

#5 | Posted by GalaxiePete

That's a good point, repubs are intentionally making it harder for blacks to vote, and they've made a lot of progress in that effort since 2008. But that's all the more reason for blacks to work even harder to vote so they can stop this disgusting racist injustice perpetrated by the party of lincoln, and now the party of the KKK.

#10 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-12-05 05:50 PM | Reply

Advertisement

Advertisement

When the black candidate's team is suggesting that the election represents a "step backwards" if a white candidate is elected, it would seem that Speak is being proven correct. Not sure how anyone could argue that this position is justified.

#11 | Posted by madbomber at 2017-12-05 05:55 PM | Reply


#1 I get it. If white men had been oppressing and mistreating you your whole life, it would be hard to vote for one, but dismissing someone as evil because of their race is just as racist as trump is.
African americans got a taste of voting for a member of their race in 2008 and 2016, and I'm afraid they're never going to vote for another white person again, which will result in more repubs winning, and great harm to their communities.

NOW you get philosophical, after years, decades, centuries of damage. The onion is being peeled. Worldwide.

#12 | Posted by fresno500 at 2017-12-05 06:58 PM | Reply

White flight, bad.
Gentrification, bad.

#13 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2017-12-05 07:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"I'm sorry libs, but if minorities don't let go of this thing where they'll only vote for members of their own race..."

Had you bothered reading the teaser, you would've seen a larger percentage of white voters are voting for the white candidate (80%) than black voters for the black candidate (75%).

But, I guess this is just more Republican Math.

#14 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-12-05 07:43 PM | Reply

Gentrification, bad.

#13 | Posted by 101Chairborne

Finally something we agree on.

Hearing news stories about hispanics in Los Angeles complaining about gentrification in their neighborhoods is the height of hypocrisy.
Let's see... you want to keep the place where you live reserved for people who look like you, speaking your language with your restaurants and your culture? Exact same thing the white racists on fox news are always saying.

#15 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-12-05 07:53 PM | Reply

All you have to do is look at turnout in 2008 vs 2016 in both primaries and the general.
www.politico.com

#9 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY AT 2017-12-05 05:47 PM | REPLY | FLAG:

The candidates of 2016 simply didn't bring out the minority voters.

There are many reasons for this.

#16 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-12-05 10:14 PM | Reply

"The candidates of 2016 simply didn't bring out the minority voters."

It shouldn't be the candidates' responsibility to bring out the voters. The voters should be knocking down the walls to get in to vote, especially those with lots to lose.

#17 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-12-05 10:23 PM | Reply

#17 that's reality. My statement is applicable to all progressive and centrist voters.

#18 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-12-06 08:12 AM | Reply

Heck, applicable to all voters.

#19 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-12-06 09:44 AM | Reply

The candidates of 2016 simply didn't bring out the minority voters.

There are many reasons for this.

#16 | Posted by BruceBanner

Right. And one of those reasons is because the candidate wasn't minority, which was my original point.

#20 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-12-06 11:16 AM | Reply

#20 Not at all in this case. Why would you think so?

#21 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-12-06 11:52 AM | Reply

#20 Not at all in this case. Why would you think so?

#21 | Posted by BruceBanner

Are you saying hillary was black or obama wasn't black?

#22 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-12-06 01:20 PM | Reply

"...the turnout of Blacks was also limited by many other things this past Presidential election cycle. Things like repressive laws (and or impressions those laws were in effect) not to mention voter list cleansings..."

This is very sickening to keep hearing people say.

President Obama won two elections in a row. This argument was used before and after his elections.

This constant complaint about minorities being denied a chance to vote ONLY before and after the Obama elections is just sour grapes.

In case you forgot, not only did Trump beat Hillary despite losing the popular vote, Obama beat Hillary and lost the popular vote in the primaries.

#23 | Posted by Petrous at 2017-12-06 02:55 PM | Reply

This constant complaint about minorities being denied a chance to vote ONLY before and after the Obama elections is just sour grapes.

#23 | Posted by Petrous

Are you saying republicans aren't doing everything they can to keep minorities from voting? Repubs didn't take control of congress, redraw their districts, and repeal the voting rights act until after obama was elected.

#24 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-12-06 03:20 PM | Reply

This constant complaint about minorities being denied a chance to vote ONLY before and after the Obama elections is just sour grapes.

#23 | Posted by Petrous

You are a partisan FOOL if you actually believe that. The obstructionism from the GOP has been a monumental movement over the past year.

#25 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-12-06 03:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

So the GOP didn't obstruct during the Obama election years. They decided it wasn't worth it over the course of years.

Take your own blinders off.

#26 | Posted by Petrous at 2017-12-06 03:27 PM | Reply

Obama had control of the Whole show for two years? If the R's actually took away rights, don't you think the Dem's would have given them all back and they would have existed in the Trump/Hillary election?

Liars.

#27 | Posted by Petrous at 2017-12-06 03:28 PM | Reply

Petrous, I don't care if this gets deleted or not. You are a real piece of ----. I don't want to debate you. I don't want to read your comments. I don't want the feces coming from your mind infecting my world in any way. You are a true piece of ----. I will be blocking you from hereon out.

#28 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-12-06 03:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Obama had control of the Whole show for two years? If the R's actually took away rights, don't you think the Dem's would have given them all back and they would have existed in the Trump/Hillary election?

Liars.

#27 | Posted by Petrous

Obama used his 2 years in control to protect the planet, regulate wall street, and save lives with healthcare.

The repubs are using their 2 years to destroy the environment, deregulate wall street, and blow up the deficit to give money to rich people.

You're on the dark side sucker. And unless you're rich or in the fossil fuel industry, you don't even benefit from your short sighted idiocy.

#29 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-12-06 04:08 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Comments are closed for this entry.

Home | Breaking News | Comments | User Blogs | Stats | Back Page | RSS Feed | RSS Spec | DMCA Compliance | Privacy | Copyright 2017 World Readable

Drudge Retort