Cynical would be a light word. Coke just offered the city of Atlanta 2.5 acres for a Civil Rights Museum and the only thing you can think about it is why you're not at the top of the line??? How about showing humility and graciously accepting a fine gift!!! You're line of reasoning is Coke's gift/offer is insincere?!? That Coke may be doing it for PR (PERSONAL RELATIONS) reasons but that's the whole POINT! They're actually trying to forge a better relationship with the black
community and all you can do is whine in your article because it's not as many acres or as visible as the Georgia Aquarium or
World of Coke. Guess what? Coke didn't even have to offer you the gift!
You're ACTUALLY complaining because it's not in the location you felt would get the most exposure and it's a gift?!?!?!?!
You want a Civil Rights Museum yet you think by arguing and complaining about a parcel of land (next to the FOUR BIGGEST ATTRACTIONS in Atlanta)(Georgia Aquarium, World of Coke, CNN, and Centennial Olympic Park) is furthering your cause but the
only thing it does is further isolate a potentially great landmark! A good analogy would be the more radical Muslims fight in the name of Islam, the more they lose. They're not looked on as favorable in ANY EU, OR WESTERN COUNTRIES with the exception of the Middle East. They've been all but expelled in Australia, The Netherlands, and more restrictions are being put in place like France, Germany, and Asian Countries! So to sum that up. THE MORE they fight, the MORE damage they do unto themselves and their religion. Think about that for a minute. No one likes to lose and it's a hell of a lot more fun to fight but if in the end if your just doing damage to your religion or race as a whole: HOW IS THAT HELPING TO FURTHER THEIR CIVIL OR RELIGIOUS RIGHTS???
Frankly, I almost hope Coke retracts their offer after comments like yours so the outstanding hard working honest black community will find a way to build it theirselves. Try raising FUNDING FOR LAND, THE MUSEUM ITSELF, WORKERS, and a sound business plan that will keep the Civil Rights Museum self sustaining!!! I'm not in the least bit a racist but I sincerely believe the best come out of people when they don't depend on Corporations or People to help them. Those same people that did offer you their gift would be more impressed and have a much greater deal of respect than if you had just taken the gift. Doing it on your own builds Character, and it makes it your own without any TARNISH and at the end of the day you can BASKKKKKKKKK in the knowledge that you did everything yourself without anyone's help. (But at the same time, don't let Coke's once in a lifetime offer damage your pride.)
The proposed Civil Rights proximity to other major attractions vs Auburn Ave or any other neutral location is a "no brainer." It would not only SUBSTANTIALLY increase foot traffic, generate a gorge of more EXPOSURE, but sales and revenue would be off the charts! Just to look at a few numbers, Georgia Aquarium had over 3 million visitors this past year WITHOUT the World of Coke and it was a new attraction. They have partnered recently with Microsoft, and A slew of other companies (mainly
educational) which will probably very well lend to the conclusion that traffic will increase yet even more. If I'm not mistaken major hotels in the area predict a 7% increase in traffic. Also TWO HOTELS (TWELVE AND THE "W") and numerous Condo Projects are populating around Centennial at an alarming rate which indicates even yet MORE EXPOSURE.
So in the end I really have to question your motive and JUDGEMENT. Is your anger and bitterness SO strong that you don't realize the significance and advantage of placing the Civil Rights Museum across the street ? Or maybe your pride so overwhelming that you've let it clear your judgement. Because from what I gather in your article it sounds like your in fact wanting to place the Civil Rights Museum somewhere else just because you're BITTER: Because the location or acreage isn't as vibrant as two other venues nearby!
So.....In the end I respect your opinion BUT I'm absolutely outraged that you suggested other locations without logically and finacially supporting your argument for the Civil Rights long term health. You didn't do ANY research to support your conclusion and cared more about your non-justified anger than you did about the MUSEUM itself. Unbelievable.
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