The rejection was not a big surprise to local observers. In recent weeks, independent pollsters predicted an overwhelming loss, fueled by citizens' distrust of government and the metro area's splintered transportation desires. Debbie Dooley, a tea party leader who organized the opposition early in the campaign, said "Let this send a message. We the people, you have to earn our trust before asking for more money." On the other side, Ashley Robbins, president of Citizens for Progressive Transit, characterized the defeat as "heartbreaking", and predicted a loss of valuable young workers to the region's economy.
But what none of the local media outlets mentioned is the possibility that race may have entered the decision. There have been some highly publicized assaults aboard MARTA trains, the most notorious in April 2011 when roughly two dozen teens, chanting the name of a well-known Atlanta gang, boarded a MARTA train, overwhelming nervous passengers and assaulting two Delta flight attendants. A couple of other incidents are briefly described HERE. While MARTA is officially known as Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, it has been colloquially nicknamed "Moving Africans Rapidly Through Atlanta". American Renaissance offers a further explanation:
Now, currently MARTA serves only DeKalb and Fulton County. (DeKalb is roughly 55 percent black and 35 percent white; Fulton is roughly 49 percent white and 47 percent black.) But...MARTA is currently plagued by a gross lack of diversity, with 83 percent of the 4,527 employees being black.
Of 50 employed dispatchers, only one is not black; 96 percent of the 1,227 operators are black; 100 percent of the recruiters are black; 85 percent of the 42 MARTA representatives are black; 94 percent of 295 people employed in services are black; 95 percent of the station agents are black; 84 percent of the superintendents are black; 88 percent of the 171 supervisors are black; and 82 percent of the transit police are black.
Why isn't this widely known outside the metro Atlanta area? Because the NAACP has not launched a public campaign for MARTA to become more "diverse". Then again, the NAACP has never called for the National Basketball Association to become more "diverse" either, although it was 77 percent black as of 2010. In fact, I know of NO occasion when the NAACP has called for a predominantly black venue to become more "diverse".
In the civil rights industry, anything can be labeled "too white" at anytime, but nothing can ever be labeled "too black". The civil rights racket is nothing more than a spoils system for non-whites. I have no doubt that some of those No votes on July 31st were racial votes.