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    Atlanta Poised to Elect White Mayor

    White candidate scrambles vote, attitudes in Atlanta race

    Joseph Curl

    For decades as white residents fled to the suburbs, Atlanta's black political establishment, led by a string of strong mayors, revived the moribund economy and so revamped the city's image that it earned a national reputation as "Hotlanta."

    Ironically, that success - including a winning bid to host the 1996 Summer Olympics and a slew of Fortune 500 companies relocating to the city - has brought white voters flocking back to the city and, for the first time in 36 years, could put a white candidate back in the mayor's office when voters go to the polls Tuesday.

    In a race testing racial harmony in Georgia's largest city, some veteran black power brokers say their hold on power is being undercut by their past successes running the city.

    "We haven't always gotten the credit for that, no," said former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, who oversaw the early days of the city's rebirth during the 1980s. "I brought in 1,100 companies from around the world - $70 billion in private investment - and generated more than a million new jobs.

    "But most people think that's automatic, that that would have happened anyway," he said with a laugh.

    Black mayors have occupied City Hall since 1973, but this year, a white City Council member is leading in the polls, even though two black civic leaders urged black voters to unite against her.

    Mary Norwood, who has served on the Atlanta City Council for eight years and lives in the upscale, mostly white neighborhood of Buckhead, has been expanding her lead over the past six weeks. In a poll released last weekend by Survey USA, 46 percent of respondents said they would vote for Mrs. Norwood over several black candidates. State Sen. Kasim Reed followed with 26 percent and City Council President Lisa Borders came in third with 17 percent.

    The contest is posing some delicate questions for a city that has long prided itself on its progressive racial attitudes - the "city too busy to hate."

    While some in the majority-black city insist race is playing no role in the election, others say the issue is just under the surface.
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    even though two black civic leaders urged black voters to unite against her.
    This part pisses me off. They are openly promoting racism. But now with Chairman Maobama in power I guess its okay.
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    + 1. It's ok if they promote racism but not ok for white people to? Sorry, it doesn't work that way.


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    I actually found it interesting that some mainstream black politicians, and a large contingent of black voters, are supporting her.
    Pleasing nobody, one person at a time.

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