|An contentious exchange on race relations marked the beginning of Saturday evening’s debate between Atlanta mayoral candidates Kasim Reed and Mary Norwood on WAGA-TV.|
.... But Norwood, a member of the City Council, contradicted the former state senator in this follow-up exchange with Morse Diggs:
Diggs: Some of your black supporters say that they have been harassed and intimidated because they are supporting a white candidate. There’s still an edge out there. What does that say about the level of race relations where we’re at right now? Are we still a divided city?
Norwood: Morse, I have been very saddened, that the people that have been supporting me, who are so courageous, have been threatened. The people who have gone up to their doors, and knocked on their doors, and have said, “What are you doing supporting this woman?”
And it is coming from other camps. It has been going on for a while. We have had our yard signs – just every day – taken away. So we have seen evidence of just not great, not appropriate behavior.
I think the citizens of the mayors of Atlanta deserve to have the mayor they want, whoever that mayor is. And so I’m very hopeful that the harassment will cease.
Diggs: What are you telling those supporters who have been harassed?
Norwood: That I will do everything in my power to protect them. That I have alerted the police department, just to make sure that they are riding through neighborhoods where Mary Norwood signs are, because there are people who have been very concerned.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Norwood says her black supporters ‘have been threatened’
I love a good race angle in politics and I believe some black voters who show they are supporting her will be threatened by some other ignorant black people who think you vote based on color instead of who has the better qualifications to you.