Monday, July 3, 2006

Traveling two states

Posted By on Mon, Jul 3, 2006 at 6:21 PM

Are there two Georgias: Atlanta and the rest of Georgia? Never really gave this much credence. Still, the recent political climate and the fact that I hear political chatter on a daily basis gave me cause to pause -- figuratively, not literally -- during a recent road trip to Savannah.

Riding down Interstate 16, some towns appeared bleak and desolate. A few places looked as if they had once been corn or wheat fields, but are now barren; pretty much like they have been abandoned. It was creepy.

Once in Savannah, there were quite a few campaign posters and billboards. Two candidates, running in two separate races -- one black, one white -- are well represented in the poorer neighborhoods, near the beach and along Liberty Street. Where were the signs for the others? Are these two candidates the only ones who care about the working class and people struggling to "make a dollar out of fifteen cents?" One might say I was looking in the wrong places; I was on vacation, I wasn't really looking anyway.

I continued to look for signs of proof that Georgia is "one state 'under a groove.'" I walked around downtown Savannah for a while, almost four hours. The small shops, cafes and boutiques were quite appealing; I kept thinking Savannah would be a great place to live.

Still, I did not see what is so common in Atlanta: white-collar blacks. Almost every brown person I saw had on a uniform of some sort. No suit & tie, or neat Donna Karan outfit. Mostly all were domesticates or in some type of civil service position that is clearly non-management or requires physical labor.

I cannot confirm or deny if there are "two Georgias." However, I do know that what I saw was very separate and not equal.

Posted by Sonia Clark

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