No mayoral candidate has lock on crucial demographic
Anyone who is in denial about the frequent incidents of crime in Atlanta (and Metro-Atlanta) needs to be inspected regarding that which he is bound to and attempting to protect. On this blog I have been noting for years the spike in crimes around the metro area. The news media began stitching the pattern together. The politicians came along. The the Black Actor-vists, reluctantly followed. They are far more comfortable attacking White Racists than they are saying anything about Black Street Pirates that are terrorizing the community.
The recognition of this pattern and its promotion to the number one issue was a slow process was a long time coming. One cannot consume the news in the metro area and view the daily assault upon the notions that we live in a civilized society and come away with any different conclusion. This issue threats to upset so much of the social justice advocacy upon which many of the local political candidates have risen in their careers upon.
They are used to fighting on behalf of the "least of these", complaining about them being locked up in jail as a result of societal injustice. They are not used to demanding that more arrest be made.
I have noted previously about how important it is to CHANGE once your force switches from being the "outsider", struggling against the system into becoming the system, mandated to field a give set of policies that deliver that which the people want.
I still don't believe that we have yet achieved a clean break from this past. Those who are in power locally still can push off their local failures upon some national (if not imaginary) force that continues to keep "the least of these" down.
Rest assure, however, here is an abundance of campaign signs within the communities where "the least of these" still live. They must be reminded as to how much MORE work their is to be done by their elected officials and that these officials stand with them in the fight rather than being ineffective operatives who need to be made to prove what they have done that is beneficial.
Ironically the fact that so much of the important components of their lives have been outsourced to government operatives in the first place is the most problematic consideration that must be made.