Georgia native Mary Norwood is leading polls in Atlanta’s mayoral race and may become the first White leader of the city in over three decades. She enjoys an early “commanding lead,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Unlike many other cities in the South, Atlanta has become Whiter in recent years. The Black demographic shrunk by over 31,000 from 2000 to 2010, falling from 61 to 54% of the city’ total population. Meanwhile, Atlanta’s White population grew from 31 to 38%. The news is not all positive though as Hispanics, Asians and other foreigners have flocked to Atlanta. Only about 83% of the city’s population speak English at home. The native Southern accent is rare in many parts of Atlanta. Just as the British are now a minority in London, so too has globalism made Southerners a minority in Atlanta.
Norwood has appealed to the Black majority, cozied up to the Georgia Democratic Party (which sunk her campaign last time) and claims to have voted for Obama in 2008. However, she has based her campaign on cleaning up the notoriously corrupt Black-run city government and restoring its financial order. Bribery has become the new norm in Atlanta in recent years.
From a Southern Nationalist perspective it would be encouraging to see the city again governed by a Southerner. However, Norwood is a liberal who does not place identity at the center of her world-view. Of course, if she did then she would lose badly in the Black majority city. A more competent administration that is less corrupt and more responsive to the citizens’ needs is probably the best the Southern people of Atlanta can hope for at this time. Ultimately, the State of Georgia will have to take steps to reform its capital and bring pro-Southern government back to Atlanta. So far, the State has responded by allowing for several White majority areas to secede from Atlanta and create functioning local governments. Sandy Springs is one of the largest of these enclaves with a population of almost 94,000 – 65% of which is White.