Seems like Reed mistakenly thought the paper was blaming the sorts of short-term local policies that he might actually have control over. Weak mobility and inadequate opportunity are generational problems that will take serious actions on the state, local and national levels to address. Reed should have used this as an opportunity to educate and pivot to an argument about solutions rather than get his back up as if it were an accusation.
Thomas Watson's biography is a little more nuanced than the author lets on, evidenced by the quick throwaway phrase "He started his political career as a progressive who advocated for the rights of blacks and whites. But..." Although the author's correct on the general point that Watson became an unapologetic racist in his later years, the man's earlier work in helping form Georgia's Populist movement and trying to unite white and black workers around common economic concerns should have at least been mentioned, if for no other reason than to illustrate that historical figures are usually complex - as opposed to one-dimensional cartoons as the author describes.
As a progressive myself, I would oppose removing the statue because it'd only be a symbolic statement designed to make people feel better, rather than a meaningful change that actually makes peoples lives better. Given the current politics and level of well-being in the state, Thomas Watson is actually a pretty appropriate figure to have in front of the statehouse - a confused and backwards man willing to prey on people's worst fears for personal and politic gain, rather than someone working to advance the common good. If the good guys are ever able to get our act together and tangibly improve this state, then we can change whoever is honored on the Capitol steps. Until we do, such a move would just be PC window-dressing and a waste of valuable time.
Cool videos, with one caveat: I'd suggest that Matt Shapiro's annual Cinescape videos are far superior to the Filmography series linked to above.
I would never personally eat at Guy's place - it sounds gross - but the NYT's approach struck me as just kind of childish and, more importantly, elitist. If people come in and eat the food, then that's their choice. It's not like he's pretending it's going to be a Michelin star restaurant or something.
That photo's in my living room! Awesome. Thanks for giving we chosen few hunters a shout out CL.
Correcting a typo is all you got? Really? I'll take that as proof I win.
Apologies that I share the same first name with that wesleywhatwhat d-bad. Anyways--
Responding to the discussion about needing to import the politics of the north, it's important to remember that the political faultlines in the metro area are not between liberal northerners who live intown and conservative southerners who live in the suburbs. The fact is that part of the reason why the metro area and Georgia as a whole are so conservative is the migration of disaffected conservatives from more liberal states (e.g. Michigan, NY, etc.). Think of people who moved here because they wanted a giant gaudy house in a Cobb County culdesac, versus those who moved here because they like intown's quirks and progressive mindset.
The result is that you have a super awesome ITP populated by progressive transplants and progressive natives like myself, and an unbearable OTP populated by the opposite.
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