We need a Georgia for ALL Georgians

Elections are about a lot of things. They’re about issues, about character, about ideology. But they’re also about things like this:

bor_2014_webThat’s the Board of Regents, which governs Georgia’s critically important university system. It’s a highly sought post, and its membership is probably a pretty accurate reflection of the state’s power structure. It has 19 members, all of whom are appointed by the governer. As you can see, just two of the 19 are female; one of the 19 is black. (That man, Larry Ellis, is a retired four-star Army general).

It’s also about this:

DNR boardThat’s the Board of Natural Resources, again appointed by the governor. Its 19 members — 17 men, no black Georgians among them — also reflect the power structure of Georgia.

The chairman of the DNR board is Philip Wilhite Jr., in the upper left corner. He’s the son of Gov. Nathan Deal’s campaign chairman. You might also recall him as the man who made news with a memorable Facebook rant in the wake of Snowcapolyse, which left thousands of people, including schoolchildren on buses, stranded overnight.

As you might also recall, a young girl in Cobb County lost a leg trying to help push her mother’s car out of the snow. A pregnant mother gave birth to a child in the back of her stranded vehicle. Teachers and administrators volunteered to stayed overnight in schools taking care of kids who could not get home. Meanwhile, Wilhite wrote among other things that he was “sick of the whining” and demanded that people stop complaining. “The ‘men’ in Atlanta need to drink less cosmotinis and forget about ever getting another pedicure,” he wrote. Coming from a man who helps to lead a state agency with important responsibilities in disaster relief, the remarks just oozed a commitment to public service.

While I couldn’t easily assemble photographs of the highly influential Georgia Ports Authority, you know the picture already. Its 13-member board — all appointed by the governor — comprises 12 white men and one white woman. Do the math, and of the 51 members of these three high-profile state boards, one is black and five are women. And it’s a pattern recurring throughout state government.

There are no doubt a lot of fine people on those boards, men and (a token sprinkling of) women of accomplishment. But no one could argue that they accurately reflect Georgia in 2014. They reflect only an increasingly small subset of modern Georgia, to the glaringly apparent exclusion of many others.

That has to change.

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CardiganBoy
CardiganBoy

Bookman, I don't know if your obvious sense of desperation is warranted. Time will tell.  But your blogs this week have attempted to push every panic button in the Dem campaign playbook.


For our consideration:  images of men - mostly white men -  in positions of power.  Scores of white men.  Enough to send a shiver of revulsion and outrage down the spine of any unrepentant lefty who covets diversity for its own sake.


Oh, the horror.  Where are the gyno-Americans - er, more gyno Americans?  Where are citizens of color? Where are the gay and the transgendered?  Personal opinion, in the Board of Regents group pic, I think I see a couple dudes who might fit each bill.


And shame on your sorry partisan self for using that girl's unfortunate injury to serve such an unworthy purpose.







Kamchak
Kamchak

@CardiganBoy

And shame on your sorry partisan self...

Shame on you for playing the shame card.

Just sayin'.

Joel Edge
Joel Edge

You and your party seem to be getting a desperate and race-baity these days. Why is that, Jay?

Buttercup23
Buttercup23

It's plain to see Governor Deal doesn't care much for women and blacks.  Old White Men seem to be his favorites.  It's the Republican Way.  Now we know why this state has been moving backwards, Republicans have infested every part of our state Government.  Vote Blue, way past time to come out of the Dark Ages where Republicans have put us.

CASmith01
CASmith01

@JoeSample Well, Joe Sample, Bookman must also be a gender-baiter, too, because he writes of the lack of women on these boards.  So, he must be trying to rile us up because, you know, we would have felt that everything was honky-dory if Bookman had just ignored the obviously deeply ingrained bigotry of Georgia politics.  Why not re-elect a governor who obviously prefers White men to rule?  You know the one who partied while MILLIONS of Atlantans were stuck on the highways because he misjudged the seriousness of the icey ick falling from the sky?  I guess attending an awards luncheon is so much more important for the, what, "Education Governor?"  Just ask teachers how well Deal "deals" with education in this state.  How about health?  How about transportation?  Oh, and jobs?  With Georgia dead last in unemployment, we are doing "just fine" here in the let's-pretend-everything-is-so-wonderful-Georgia of Never-Never Land.  And then there is the corruption thingy that keeps coming up--maybe we should not be reminded of that, either...


T2T
T2T

If you posted the pictures of the CURRENT political writers and cartoonist for the AJC, it would look just like the pictures above except no women or non-whites.That's okay for Mrs. Cox but it's wrong for the State of Georgia.

DavidFarrar
DavidFarrar

These are basically political appointments. When blacks start leaving the Democratic Party in sufficient numbers to start filling up local Republican Party positions of leadership within their communities; they too, will be sought after on these boards in return for that political leadership.


ex animo

davidfarrar 

Kamchak
Kamchak

James Brown getting on the good foot SHEETZ

Soothsayer2
Soothsayer2

It's hard for me to believe that Lewis Grizzard has been dead for 20 years.

Soothsayer2
Soothsayer2

5 - 8" in Great Smokey Mountains park.

Old timer at the Post Office today: "hard freeze tonight!"

TBS
TBS

@CommonSenseisntCommon


Low 50s in the ATL tomorrow but back to 70 midweek.  


When are you going to get a contract down here where it is warmer?   Don't let the worst unemployment rate in the nation be a deterrent. 


LOL!!!!!!!!!!

CommonSenseisntCommon
CommonSenseisntCommon

@TBS 

Actually the assignment I am working on if it continues into next year and I get a transfer to the group sourcing it I can live anywhere I choose LOL

Traveling Man
Traveling Man

Looks like rocket ship building and flying should be left to the government


Private enterprise is just not up to it

Corey
Corey

@RaindroidWillBoy


“The Olympics made Atlanta an international city,” said Sam Massell, president of the Buckhead Coalition. “It meant we could now attract industry from around the world.”

It was not only Young’s accomplishments as co-chairman of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games but his work at Atlanta City Hall, in Congress, at the U.N. and — before that — as a civil rights leader that made him this year’s winner of the Urban Land Institute Atlanta’s Dan Sweat Community Leadership Award.

While Augusta National Golf Club Chairman Billy Payne hatched the idea of Atlanta becoming an Olympics host city, it was Young who used his global connections to build support. He made many connections during the late 1970s while serving as America’s U.N. ambassador.

“He traveled the world getting the votes,” said Charlie Loudermilk, founder of Aaron’s Inc.

RantNRave
RantNRave

"That's great.  GFY - Good for you.   See, I do care about you, Ranter."


I'M SORRY............DID MY BACK HURT YOUR KNIFE? 

TBS
TBS

Moon


Someone needs to tell the gentlemen listed in the article below that he can't own that restaurant he owns at the airport.

The article doesn't mention the airport restaurant but you can take it from there.  psst: He isn't the only one "White" who individually or in a partnership that owns restaurants or other businesses at the ATL airport.


Where the hell do you get your information?  


Granted the process is crooked as all get out and is the worst of political cronyism but "no Whites can own a restaurant at the ATL airport" is just a plain stupid assertion.  


http://blog.opentable.com/2011/lets-celebrate-happy-15th-anniversary-to-prime-restaurant-in-atlanta/


Just like in the minorities appointed by previous Dem governor issue I can lead you to water................ you know the rest. 

Kamchak
Kamchak

@TBS

..."no Whites can own a restaurant at the ATL airport" is just a plain stupid assertion.  

Consider the source.


moonbat_betty
moonbat_betty

@TBS


Ok, you got one (who knows the conditions of the contract).  My bad.  I retract my statement.


Just like in the minorities appointed by previous Dem governor issue I can lead you to water................ you know the rest. 


Oh please, you didn't even come close to answering my question.  So give it up already.

TBS
TBS

@moonbat_betty @TBS


Don't be upset because as usual you made a stupid assertion out of ignorance or maybe you just lied.


Not my problem but you keep thinking that "whites aren't allowed to own restaurants at the Atlanta airport".


That was just plain dumb.  


Where did you get your information that lead you to make that assertion?  


Any other assertions that I can clear up for you?

Traveling Man
Traveling Man

@moonbat_betty @Kamchak @TBS 


Just saying ?

Kamchak
Kamchak

@TBS

The just kidding/fooling/joking card in 3...2...1....

moonbat_betty
moonbat_betty

@TBS @moonbat_betty


TBS, I'm not upset.  You seem to be the one with your panties in a wad.

Where did you get your information that lead you to make that assertion?

WSBTV.

TBS
TBS

@moonbat_betty


WSBTV?


Really???


When you have time please post that information.  


Thanks

Traveling Man
Traveling Man

Betty   I'm picking Ole Miss -  home field advantage and surely they can't be as bad as they looked against LSU 

RantNRave
RantNRave

"Although, they don't allow any white Vendors to own restaurants at the airport." SAYS MOONBATBETTY


FOR DECADES YOU PEOPLE HAVE MONOPOLIZED A GREAT PIECE OF THE PIE..........................


AND NOW YOU WANT TO THROW STONES.


YOUR GREED AND SELFISHNESS IS SHAMEFUL.


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Corey
Corey

@RaindroidWillBoy 


pdated: 4:15 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013 | Posted: 2:55 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, 2013 Business Section of AJC


By Christopher Seward

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

State Farm, the state’s largest auto insurer, said Tuesday it plans to fill up to 800 openings in metro Atlanta by the end of the year.

The insurer will hold career fairs Aug. 6-7 to begin filling the mostly entry-level positions in claims, service and sales support functions. Other professional/technical level positions also are available.

State Farm also said a number of the positions are seeking applicants who are bilingual in Spanish.

The career fairs will be held at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North, 7 Concourse Parkway. The Aug. 6 fair will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and the Aug. 7 fair will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Candidates must apply online at www.statefarm.com/careers, and should arrive early at the fairs, dressed in business attire and with a resume.

Insurance jobs accounted for one-third of the 17,000 new financial services positions created in June, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many insurers are hiring to prepare for key provisions of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, as they kick in.

RantNRave
RantNRave

"No $h!t. I've heard of Pashal's.  Just not Black Pashals....


MOONBATBETTY


I WORKED AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL IN THAT AREA AND I ATE THERE


AND IN THE PAST ONLY BLACKS PATRONIZED IT...................................


BUT NOW ITS THE PLACE WHERE WHITES GO AS WELL. 


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