Atlanta: Darker Than Blue
December 23, 2015 12:26 PM   Subscribe

 
I fly through Atlanta at least twice a month. 95% of the Hartsfield-Jackson employees - every concourse, every wing - all seem to be black. 90% of the flyers in and out are not. Mostly white, although lots are Asian. Sky Club even more so.

Atlanta has the best RnB clubs I've ever been to in my life. But it's also extremely dangerous. Honest, kind, dangerous, tragic.

The South is an unusual, mythical place. I'm not sure I see something I know in these pictures. But to many people, I'm sure they mean a great deal. Maybe everything.
posted by four panels at 12:36 PM on December 23, 2015


Dangerous? How so?
posted by rock swoon has no past at 12:39 PM on December 23, 2015


I fly through Atlanta at least twice a month. 95% of the Hartsfield-Jackson employees - every concourse, every wing - all seem to be black. 90% of the flyers in and out are not. Mostly white,

I don’t think that a lot of people realize that Atlanta is a majority Black city, and a lot of places in the country are very White. Having never lived in a Very White Area I was really surprised to learn recently just how White much of the country is.
posted by bongo_x at 12:42 PM on December 23, 2015 [5 favorites]


95% of the Hartsfield-Jackson employees - every concourse, every wing - all seem to be black.

Hartsfield is also located in SW Atlanta which has a higher AA population that the whole of the city. ~80% vs 50%.
posted by dudemanlives at 1:00 PM on December 23, 2015


Wow, that first link is full of amazing photographs.
posted by bongo_x at 1:01 PM on December 23, 2015


A great mini-history, in image and text, of the ATL. I grew up not far from Atlanta in the late 70's/early 80's, in a small nowhere town. Our class would make the 2 hr. drive into the big city once a year or so for field trips to the Cyclorama, Center For Puppetry Arts, capitol building, or High Museum. These trips meant so much to me. As I aged, of course, the city played an increasingly important role in my personal history. Looking back on it, the psychological impact of the Atlanta child murders on myself and my friends is hard to overstate. Two hours away, we knew we were "safe" from the killer, but on a deeper level, we understood that the world could in no way ever be viewed as safe again, even after Williams was sentenced.
posted by Bob Regular at 3:14 PM on December 23, 2015 [1 favorite]


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