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The Reality of Clayton County. News Team

The so-called affluent majority black suburbs of Atlanta are actually a disaster.


Clayton County, a thriving majority Black suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, has already been covered here at Stuff Black People Don’t Like. It is home to one of the shining examples of No Child Left Behind, as the Clayton County School System is the first system in the United States in the last 40 years to lose its accreditation.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the main paper in Atlanta that is losing thousands of subscribers each month, wrote this about Clayton County:

“In recent years, Clayton County has been. The school system lost its accreditation because of a “dysfunctional” board. Home foreclosures skyrocketed. And the African-American sheriff fired a large group of deputies, mostly white, after coming to office and marched them off with snipers on the roof.

Since then, Bell feuded incessantly with Sheriff Victor Hill and District Attorney Jewel Scott, both of whom defeated longtime incumbents who are white. The 2004 victories came after the county’s once majority-white voter pool grew to nearly 70 percent African-American.

For those incapable of reading those last paragraphs clearly, in Pre-Obama America – a country that Black people repudiated on November 4, 2008 by a margin of 96-1 – Black people were able to have snipers put on a roof and point their weapons at recently fired white police officers.

This is not a joke. Black people, led by Sheriff Victor Hill in 2005, celebrated the “liberation” of Clayton County from white rule and into the worthy hands of Black people dominion:

“Driven by an influx of African-American professionals to a suburb long steeped in Civil War history and legend, Clayton County opened the year with its first black-majority government, including the County Commission, district attorney, solicitor general, magistrate and sheriff.

”It’s a time of great excitement for the county,” said Wole Ralph, a black 27-year-old financial consultant whose first try for public office landed him a seat on the five-member commission.

But the celebratory moment in the land of Tara where Margaret Mitchell set her 1936 novel, ”Gone With the Wind,” has been all but eclipsed by the uproar over the new sheriff’s mass firing of 27 supervisors, deputies and correction officers, many of them white. They had been summoned by their new boss, Sheriff Victor Hill, to the Clayton County Jail on Monday under the pretext of being sworn in. Instead, they were relieved of their weapons, badges and official cars by armed colleagues and offered rides home in prisoner vans under the eyes of snipers posted on the roof.”

Since this wonderful moment for Black people, which preceded the election of Barack Obama by three years, Clayton County has lost its accreditation for its School System; had to pay $7 million in suits made by those white police officers who were illegally fired; and more importantly, rated second in the nation for subprime mortgages and highest for foreclosures in metro Atlanta:

“The national housing market meltdown was particularly cruel to Clayton residents. In June 2007, the county had the highest foreclosure rate in the metro region. It also ranked second in the nation for homes purchased with subprime mortgages, an astonishing 38.9 percent. By this May, one in 10 homes faced the risk of foreclosure.”

Worse – if it could be worse – is the crime wave that is plaguing Clayton County:

“The FBI’s report of a double-digit rise in violent crime in Clayton County stings a community already reeling from lost school accreditation and a staggering foreclosure rate.

It also foreshadows a possible spiraling out of economic control.

Violent crime in Clayton rose by 21 percent in 2007 to 1,366 reports, up from 1,126 in 2006, according to the federal report.

To the head of Clayton County’s Chamber of Commerce, the crime statistics are the final blow.”

Post-Obama America is marked by the most triumphant moment in mankind’s history – the election of Barack Hussein Obama, the Black version of Alexander the Great.

However, cities run by Black people, such as Detroit, Baltimore, Birmingham, Atlanta, Memphis and the Clayton County, Georgia, work to eradicate the notion that a post-racial era will ever occur in America.

If, as the scores of Black kids who attacked the white family in Akron, Ohio and yelled, “This is a Black world,” are correct in their assertion, then the example of Clayton County doesn’t bode well for that future.