Shirley Franklin Endorses Mary Norwood Over Keisha Lance Bottoms
Things are getting a little crazy in the Atlanta Mayoral race!
43 years of Democratic leadership in Atlanta will come to an end if Mary Norwood is elected over Keisha Lance Bottoms. The two candidates faceoff in a runoff Tuesday Dec. 5 that could potentially put a white person as Mayor for the first time in over forty years. This week former Mayor Shirley Franklin shocked some folks by endorsing Mary Norwood, the endorsement is being run as part of an ad for Norwood, primarily on black radio. Here’s a transcript via the AJC:
“I’ve endorsed Mary Norwood for mayor. Some people say that endorsement may hurt my legacy, because I’ve endorsed a white woman over a black woman. This election is about character, transparency, and integrity. Not race.
“I’ve worked for mayors Maynard Jackson and Andrew Young, supported Gov. Roy Barnes, and have always fought for civil rights. I am proud to stand with Ceasar Mitchell, Cathy Woolard, John Eaves, Peter Aman, the policemen, the firefighters, and city workers – all who endorsed Mary Norwood for mayor.
“We can’t stand by and do nothing about the corruption and pay-to-play politics at City Hall. We must stand together….”
It’s interesting that Franklin mentions corruption because a lot of Atlanta residents feel she was corrupt during her term because the entire time she was Mayor her family operated a business at the airport. She was also accused of improperly, without council authorization, transferring over 100M improperly. Franklin’s term as Mayor is also remembered negatively because it was on her watch that an innocent 92-year-old woman, Katherine Johnson was killed in her home. After the Eagle Raid occurred, the city had to pay millions of dollars to settle lawsuits. There are also many who point out Franklin’s association with Billy Linville’s firm, reportedly being paid by the Norwood campaign. Soooooo seems kinda crazy that Franklin is the one out here talking about corruption.
On Friday, former Atlanta School Board candidate Charlie Stadtlander provided a 150-page dossier on Norwood. Statlander said after advising Norwood’s campaign earlier this year he refused to continue working with her because she wouldn’t correct financial impropriety.
Here are two short but damning clips from that press conference:
According to AJC reports:
A spokesperson for Norwood said that Stadtlander was fired from the campaign. Stadtlander said that was news to him and later showed reporters a $1,000 check that Norwood had written to his election campaign in July.
With the runoff just days away and polls showing Keisha Lance Bottoms trailing, much of black Atlanta has rallied around Bottoms. Killer Mike spoke out publicly this weekend supporting Bottoms:
Atlanta if you haven’t already gone to the polls, make sure you do!
We’re just ready for President Cheeto Crusty and his orange little Twitter fingers to go. FOREVER. Enough is enough and he tried it YET AGAIN by tweeting out a cringe-worthy tribute to Rosa Parks on the anniversary of the greatest “Nah” ever that sparked endless chaos (and outrage) across Twitter.
A young woman by the name of Savannah Sugg decided to play anthem police at the Lakers game the other night, running up on two black or latino Lakers fans who decided not to stand during the Star Spangled Banner.
“Excuse me…this is for the national anthem you pieces of sh*t!” she said, while tossing her drink.
No word on if Savannah faced any repercussions for her act at all (we doubt it), but she’s very lucky no one decided to send her tumbling down the concrete stairs after her assault. Tossing a drink is a definite fight igniter…but the two young men were smart not to get physical with her, as we all know who would have faced the consequences there.
But in the meantime, the drink tosser and her hypeman camera operator have been identified. Hopefully, someone extends them the same courtesy they showed these young men:
Savannah Sugg & Haley Perea. Cal Baptist. If you see this 2 girls, make sure to throw them a drink or whatever you have in your hand. pic.twitter.com/5uo38ymuth
This weekend, SNL’s Michael Che became one of Black America’s greatest heroes when he called Donald Trump both a “b!tc#” and a “cracka” on live national television during Weekend Update.
Per usual, a dusty azz white person feigned outrage and tried to equate “cracka” to “ni**er”.
Khalilah Ali Says Muhammad Ali Would Be Proud Of Protesting Atletes
Whenever a Black athlete stands up for a social issue, there is usually a Muhammad Ali comparison right around the corner. While it could be seen as cliché or a slightly ill-fighting similarity in some cases, Ali’s voice has and will continue to inspire millions.
The Champ’s ex-wife, Khalilah Ali, told TMZ Sports that her former husband would be proud to see that Colin Kaepernick and his athlete brethren aren’t going ostrich when the heat is on.
*Black power fist*
Las Vegas PD released body cam footage depicting a 3-man police team of 2 hispanic officers and 1 black officer chasing down Michael Bennett after he kept running and did not get down on the ground as instructed during a hotel swee in search of an active shooter inside a casino.
As Bennett was spotted crouching down and running through the casino and out a hotel door, eventually jumping over a gate and running out the street, cops singled him out as a possible suspect in the incident. But once they identified him, they quickly let him go.
The Vegas PD believes this proves his detainment had nothing to do with race.
Hmmm…do you think the cops have a point or was it just another case of blame the Black man?
Tonja Walker Tries To Backtrack After Racist Comments About NFL
If you’ve never heard of Tonja Walker, join the club. She’s an actress who has most notably appeared on both General Hospital and One Live To Live.
In a now deleted (but never forgotten) tweet, Tonja heavily insinuated that the Black athletes who are kneeling for the National Anthem should stand up and be grateful, because if they lived anywhere else they would be doing manual labor.
Obviously this didn’t go over well, and people started to tell her how terrible of a comment this is, since she apparently didn’t think so herself. Even after deleting the tweet, Walker continued to reply to people screenshotting it and calling her racist, only making matters worse for herself. She heavily insisted that there’s no way she can be racist: she attends a heavily Black church….AND her best friend’s daughter is Black. Classic.
Hi everyone. I've been so hurt by people saying I'm a racist, when my best friends' daughter is black.Totally wrong.This is destroying me.
— Tonja Walker (@TonjaWalker) September 27, 2017
Not only that, but she “put underprivileged African Americans thru private schools”! What a saint.
The athletes are of all races. I have put underprivileged African Americans thru private schools. I'm truly sorry if u misunderstood me. https://t.co/dqlHOOSmx3
— Tonja Walker (@TonjaWalker) September 26, 2017
Tonja’s tweets continue to dig her deeper in her hole as she insists she cannot be racist due to her former associations with Black people. Ma’am, implying Black people’s only option for work beside sports is menial, manual labor is not only completely misinformed, but yes, racist. As you suggested in the tweet above, cancel your account. Please.