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29 March 2011

Shameful Reverse Racism From Joseph Lowery & the Legislative Black Caucus

Monday night, I read the lawsuit filed by Rev. Joseph Lowery and the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus seeking to overturn the will of the people by dissolving the four new cities of Chattahoochee Hills, Dunwoody, Johns Creek, Milton and Sandy Springs.

The legal action filed in the U.S. District Court actually says, "Minorities and their elected leadership outside of the MVDs (Municipal Voting Districts), who previously exercised access to the local government within the newly created MVDs, no longer possess such access or influence, while the minorities inside of each newly created MVD lose their elected leadership, and no longer enjoy the voting rights held prior to the creation of the MVDs."

All throughout that 18-page document, the attorneys for Joseph Lowery and the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus repeatedly claim that unincorporated Johns Creek was controlled by black folks. Now, the incorporated City of Johns Creek is controlled by white folks. They say unincorporated Sandy Springs was controlled by black folks. Now, the City of Sandy Springs is controlled by white folks. Milton, Chattahoochee Hills, Dunwoody -- all formerly controlled by black folks; now controlled by white folks (For reference purposes, those claims are made in paragraphs 17, 18, 19, 20 and 22 of the lawsuit).

The crux of this case sponsored by Joseph Lowery and the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus is that very few people of color live in Sandy Springs, Milton, Johns Creek, Dunwoody and Chattahoochee Hills; and as such, these new cities are illegal under the Voting Rights Act (VRA).

In other words, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Joseph Lowery and the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus are angry because there aren't enough black people in these five new cities to put someone black in office.

That's their case, and their case is completely ridiculous.

Now we constantly hear these so-called black leaders say the civil rights movement and the voting rights movement was about gaining equal access for blacks across the nation, especially in the south.

I agree.

Because of the Civil Rights Act, I can go into the Nuway down in Macon and enjoy one of their tasty hot dogs. I can go into that Macon Nuway hot dog shop and be waited on first come, first served instead of having to wait until all the white customers were taken care of like my mother had to in her younger days.

Because of the Voting Rights Act, I can move into Sandy Springs, establish residency for one year and then run for city council. If I've got good ideas and enough of the voters agree with my vision for the City of Sandy Springs, I could win. I don't have to worry about paying poll taxes, passing literacy tests or facing harassment just because I want to participate in the political process.

My access to the local government hasn't been abridged. I still have the same influence as every other tax paying citizen of Sandy Springs. And I still have the same voting rights as every other registered voter in the City of Sandy Springs.

So what the hell are Rev. Joseph Lowery and the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus talking about?

This case is not about the VRA. This case is not about discrimination. This case is not about blacks finding the best candidate for the job, regardless of race, gender, sex, sexual orientation or anything else one could think of.

This case, this lawsuit is about nothing but certain so-called black leaders wanting to be in control; wanting to be in power. And the plaintiffs in this legal action are not against using the race card to accomplish their unstated, but completely transparent goal.

This lawsuit is nothing but reverse racism, and that is shameful.