Saturday, September 08, 2007

Must not Mention Black-white Housing Realities

An influential politician, David Barbee, in Augusta, Georgia is one of those who are pressing for a redevelopment and upgrading of downtown Augusta. There is some opposition to the idea however and he is foolish enough to mention in an email that the reason for the opposition is that converting the area into an expensive one will cause blacks to move out.

For that frankness, he is of course a "racist". You can read the full email here. You can see that he expressed no animosity towards blacks. He just described the political situation as he saw it. The fact that he is a Republican is almost certainly a large part of his sin.