Atlanta is sadly distinguished as the American city with the worst economic disparity between its rich and poor citizens. What’s more, Atlanta is also the city with the worst chance for upward mobility, meaning if you’re born poor, you’re likely to stay poor here. We are a deeply segregated city. All but a handful of white students go to just two of the nine Atlanta Public Schools high schools: Grady and North Atlanta. While there has been recent progress in the overall performance of APS, once again there is a superintendent change and the future is uncertain.
We have a public transportation system which makes it nearly impossible for the working poor to get to work and that, as we all know, is by design, not by accident. The recent voting debacle, mostly in districts with voters of color, was a profound national embarrassment. Our police force appears to have the same issues as virtually every other police force in our country. Black lives have to matter. And the lives of immigrants, upon whose backs so much of the growth of our city has depended, have to matter, too.