Don't sweat this one too much, folks, as RACE is the "central issue" even in campaigns featuring two BLACK PEOPLE in Metro Atlanta.
When it comes to politicians that are opportunists (on both sides) - "RACE" is a cheap and easy means of creating a fracture that can be exploited - again - even if both candidates are Black or both White.
The bottom line is:
- MARTA as serious financial problems
- MARTA suffers both from
- LEGITIMATE "security problems from the "Street Pirates who don't give a damn" and loud talking young females who beyond their lack of ability to "Code Switch" - they come from a community that fails to instill the RESPECT for THEIR REPRESENTATION OF THE COMMUNITY and thus when they exit into the real world - they don't know how to act.
- STEREOTYPICAL Bigotry - held by those who's like to see the "last car" on the MARTA train reserved for Black people - just like the "Good Ole Days" when the only Black to enter "their car" had an official Pullman's cap on his head to show that he was a "safe Negro"
From The AJC Article
The tension is evident when comparing the demographics of mass transit riders against those seeking change. Roughly three-quarters of transit riders are black, according to government
surveys. The lawmakers seeking a larger political role in transit decisions for northern Atlanta and its predominantly white suburbs are white.
Transportation policy involves a complex mix of public issues — taxation,
financing, economic development. For some residents in and around Atlanta, one unspoken issue often is race.
"It's the fear of white people and black people," said Terry Parker, a store owner from Roswell who acknowledged that race shapes his views in the transit debate. Parker is white, as is three-quarters of his community in northern Fulton County. He pays a sales tax to support the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority but said he dislikes riding a subway and bus system that he perceives as dangerous. "What are you going to do? It's human nature."
Rep. Mike Jacobs, R-Brookhaven, denies that race is an issue in his proposed overhaul, which he said would benefit all riders. He said his plan would stabilize MARTA finances, put limits on its debt and position the agency for future growth.
"Unfortunately there are people in our community who play that card," he said, speaking of race issues. "But it really does a disservice to the fact that people who ride MARTA as a matter of necessity and people who would like to ride MARTA as a matter of choice universally look to systems like Washington, D.C., and New York and Boston and Chicago and say, 'Wow, we'd like to have something more like that.'"
The MARTA board declined through agency spokesman Lyle Harris to comment on the legislation.