An Open letter to Kasim Reed:
While Lisa Borders endorses Kasim Reed at this very moment, we have an election that is teetering on a precipice, It can either be about our future, or about our past.
During the next few weeks, I intend to do whatever I can to wake up those African Americans who have become “bamboozled” into believing that a moderately educated, southern white women will do something for them. Obviously they have forgotten what Atlanta was like for our people before we had a Black Mayor.
That’s Bunny Ransom writing in favor of Kasim Reed.
That’s fear of the past talking right there, and it is fine for people to feel that way, I suppose, but it cannot become a theme of the campaign. Because both candidates are off the air, they cannot define themselves or the election. Race may define it if they don’t. Reed’s Democrat thing is relevant in and of itself, but there is also some code there. That needs to be as far as it goes. No radio ads a la John Eaves , no memos a la Turpeau.
But that’s not all you need to prevent. No fliers with confederate flags. No surrogates fear mongering.
You probably can win that way, if slimly, but it will make the city worse by dividing it. That’s the real lesson of Bush and all hated politicians were victorious.Politics of division work, but prevent governmental progress. You want us to get what we deserve from the legislature? Change the way the city is viewed, and you cannot do that by running this race on race. Not on the past, but on the future.
You are the better candidate. Win it that way.