We can disagree without being disagreeable. I swear my friends are all over the place politically and culturally; life would be boring otherwise. It is wise to listen to everyone (even if you know they are dead wrong, lying or trying the wreak havoc.
During the Civil Rights Movement, Atlanta was proud to be the city to busy doing business to hate. It’s my understanding that BMW didn’t want to locate a plant in the Savannah area because they were concerned with racial drama among the workforce. While some are acting silly, others are addressing issues as part of a reasonable community and moving forward financially.
Atlanta is the best Black city in the world and Georgia is the best Black state in the union. We should manufacture everything here and ship it all to the world on the interstate system and the Port of Savannah. Of course, industrial attraction starts with a quality schools and livable communities. Those who like to “wreak havoc” recreationally are killing the golden goose.
If I had a little funding, my blog would host ten or so Town Hall meetups around south Georgia—like a good old fashion political stump. We should create events so all sides can make their points to someone other than those like them, the proverbial preaching to the choir. In modern times, the political stump presentation is beamed around the world instantly with social media.
The key effort here is to get people voting and speaking up. If you don’t vote, decisions don’t reflect a cross-section of the community. Personally, I am a moderate Democrat who doesn’t care for the Opportunity School Board Amendment or the Republican candidate for president. However, I would have a coke and slice of pizza with my friends who feel differently just to fairly hear them out. Actually, you formulate better responses to them when you hear them and at the end of the day, that respectful dialog is what grown folks do.
Now, to get 50 or so trendsetter members of a community into a venue, the “party with a purpose” approach is cool with me. We could pick a café and pack the place with people leaving a high school football game. It would take much to identify a local host or two that everyone follows to the hippest functions…and it’s free too. Finally, we would be creating a network of people linked by social media.
Will this find funding in a few weeks? It would take the right supporters but it’s better than pouring money into those same old, same old T.V. ads.