Racism today is not in the form of a Klan attack. It is far more subtle. These White folks have learned their lesson based upon the media scrutiny they have faced.
First we have the article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution that sets up the issue of debate over the proposed night club in Midtown Atlanta that is frequented by young Black folks:
AJC: Neighbors don't want a new Vision nightclub
he homeowners gathered at the city’s Neighborhood Planning Unit E meeting, where Vision’s former owners presented their plans for a new nightclub and a lounge. The new club, which doesn’t have a name yet, would be at the southeast corner of Peachtree and 11th streets.
The project’s opponents have created a Web site called www.keepmidtownsafe.com that outlines concerns such as excessive traffic, noise and crime. The Web site has an online petition with 110 signatures opposing the plans.
Peachtree Street resident Jeff Smith, who lives five blocks south of the proposed site, said his windows rattled with noise from Vision party-goers.
“It was a living hell,” he said. “When Vision closed, I was finally able to sleep at night.”
DeWayne Martin, an attorney representing the owners, said his clients will abide by the city’s noise ordinance. He said the owners will have off-duty police officers providing security.
“We will do everything we can to be a good neighbor,” he said.
Martin called the criticism “curious,” noting that there are several other after-hours spots in the area.
When I read the line that contained the word "CURIOUS" I understood that to mean that the representative for the club owner questioned the motivation of the opposition. Thus I followed the link to the oppositions web site.
The web site pimp smacked me back into reality.
This is in fact a KLAN web site, indeed. If the "White Citizens Council" had a face in 2009 - this would be their web site!!
LOOK AT IT!!
Just look at it.
Notice the 3 elements that jump out at any Black person who dares go to the site.
- See the picture perfect White family. They are fearful that their White daughters might get some "soul" in her and then go around to a Black dance club right around the corner from them and then come home with a Black guy. If these people's grandson is a Black child - the picture would be shattered.
- The Angry White Man - Notice the White man pictured under the "No" section. He is not interested in having a venue that will attract a group of undesirables to his community once again. He misses the old days where he could simply bring a shot gun and thus strike fear upon "the Blacks" - keeping them on their own side of the MARTA train tracks.
- Notice the Wedding Rings - The Angry White man from above recalled the picture of the old club where Black women would go inside with short dresses. Black folks would be bumping and grinding on each other. All sorts of fornication or thoughts of fornication would be taking place there in. This must be stopped.
OR - maybe it was the frequent reports of assaults and the occasional murder that they are seeking to avoid?
The two-block stretch of Peachtree Street between 11th and 13th streets was once one of Atlanta’s most prominent party districts. The area, however, had some high-profile shootings and other crimes. Those blocks are now part of the high-rise construction boom along Peachtree Street.