Does any of this sound familiar? It’s all true in this year’s election. Shirley has now endorsed Mary Norwood simply because of her disdain and personal grievance with her former campaign manager and current Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, who is a Keisha Lance Bottoms supporter.
Here’s how petty it’s gotten. A few weeks ago local media reported on a secret recording of Mary Norwood speaking to a Buckhead Young Republicans group. She claimed her opponent in the 2009 election, Kasim Reed, had found voters who once lived in housing projects and bused them in to Atlanta to vote. She said Reed’s team waived Section 8 vouchers over them in exchange for their votes. Her remarks have been called disturbing, racist and inflammatory. But this didn’t stop Shirley Franklin from endorsing her.
In the year 2017, Shirley Franklin is now taking her history-making move and ripping up the trail that she blazed. She is carrying the torch of ridiculousness and shame that plagues our communities: Black Women Hating on other Qualified Black Women.
Atlanta Mayoral Candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms is qualified for this position far beyond what meets the eye. She is from Atlanta, a product of Atlanta Public Schools, a lawyer and former judge, she has worked in the public and private sector facilitating numerous multi-million dollar deals. Since being sworn into the Atlanta City Council in 2010, she has represented a large portion of the historic Southwest Atlanta community. She has sponsored groundbreaking legislation that has addressed Atlanta’s $1.5 billion unfunded pension liability and helped grow the city’s reserves. Keisha is Atlanta, she understands and supports the ecosystem that exists because of the black leadership and rules that allow for black business people to compete fairly, where women and minorities are included at a high level.
Tyler Perry purchased a 330-acre property for his new studio that created jobs for more than 9,000 people. Jay-Z opened his 40/40 club and Ludacris opened his Chicken + Beer restaurant in the Atlanta airport. Black and minority contractors, attorneys, entertainers, engineers, chefs, designers, architects and entrepreneurs have a space and opportunity in Atlanta unlike any other progressive city. The laws which mandate that can be overturned and the city of demonstrated black excellence can be no more. Yes, this Atlanta Mayoral Election is important to everyone, and that’s why you should care about Keisha.
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