Slate writer: “Racism” responsible for Atlanta’s #snOMG gridlock

Posted by: ST on January 31, 2014 at 4:52 pm

The blame game begins.

I’m not quite sure if I could write a response without cursing like a sailor, so I’m submitting this ridiculous piece without (much of a) comment


Then there’s the part about having “too narrow a sense of social responsibility.” Exhibit A here is the failure in 2012 of a massive $7.2 billion transportation initiative, which would have paid for sorely needed regional highway improvements and funneled $600 million into the Atlanta Beltline, an innovative proposal to link neighborhoods in the city by light rail, using 22 miles of abandoned cargo lines left over from Atlanta’s heyday as a railroad hub. To which the voters of the metropolitan Atlanta area said: Hell, no. Here is a region that even without freak snowstorms is choking on its own traffic, which has built its reputation on being a transportation hub, which is looking at a future when gas will never be less than $3 a gallon again, and all voters could think about was how much they hated government and paying taxes. They had their reasons—Georgia has no shortage of political corruption, and in 2012 the economy was still deeply in the tank—but even so, it was like watching folks refuse to get out of a burning house because they objected to the way the firemen were holding the ladder.

And, of course, there’s race. Race is a recurring motif in the long history of the city-rural divide in Georgia politics, as well as the uneasy history of relations between the leaders in City Hall and the state Capitol just down the street. Much as white Southerners despise being labeled “racist” whenever they vote Republican—and I do understand why that makes them mad—it is still a fact that you cannot separate anything in the South entirely from the question of race.


This kinda reminds me of the Katrina aftermath where everyone blamed Bush for the epic preparation failures rather than looking to the Democrat Mayor of New Orleans and the Democrat Governor of LA at the time. I knew eventually we’d see the same tactics used on Atlanta after the streets and highways were cleared post-snowstorm 2014. The city of Atlanta is controlled by Democrats but the state is controlled by Republicans. So naturally, we knew who eventually would be blamed for the massive gridlock as a result of the failure to act decisively before the storm hit.

At times like these, I’m reminded of this:

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” –Rahm Emanuel, former Obama Chief of Staff and now Mayor of Chicago, November 2008

Sound familiar? Democrats are so boringly predictable sometimes.

BTW, as I wrote on Twitter earlier, the MSM does know that Atlanta is not the sum total of the South, right? Most places in the South handled the snowstorm quite well, including here in NC. But as usual, some journos just couldn’t resist the opportunity to get in their usual jabs and digs against the South. So tiresome.

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4 Responses to “Slate writer: “Racism” responsible for Atlanta’s #snOMG gridlock”


  1. arcman46 says:

    I can’t remember the year for sure; either 1981 or 82, I was living in Atlanta and we had a snowstorm of what I can see was of similar measure to this last one. People abandoned their cars, and were walking for miles to get home. It took me about 6 hours to drive from my girlfriends house to mine, and I was an experienced driver in winter weather. People down there don’t drive in the snow, and have little to no experience with it. That is just the way it is. If it snows in Atlanta, you might as well wait it out, because it’s going to gridlock everything.

  2. Drew the Infidel says:

    This is just another example of the lazy and shoddy work passed off as journalism that has infected the lamestream media over the course of the past 50 years or so.

    Is “PMSNBC” located in the South? That is where the last two blatantly racist missives have originated, Melissa Harris Perry’s condescending references to Mitt Romney’s adopted grandchild and the smarmy tweet containing bigoted stabs at the biracial couple in the Cheerio ad.

    “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?”–Matthew 7:3

  3. Daveinmn says:

    It’s just the lack of snowplows and sanding trucks responsible for this mess. But wait…I thought all that trillion dollar “stimulus” money was for these types of things. You know, like infrastructure and shovel ready jobs. Maybe something other than payoffs to the well connected liberal elite and friends of friends….?

  4. Carlos says:

    Thank God for global warming. Just think of how bad it would have been had the earth (and that region, especially) NOT been a little warmer!