clayton co citizen

I agree with most of the opinions posted in this forum, however, I do feel that part of the reason clayton county is in such disarray is, because for the last 20 years there has been a continous exodus on the part of a segment of society who does not wish to get along with other segments of society. I have lived in clayton co. for the past 21 years, and have had ample opportunity to move somewhere else, but, if I would have chosen to move to either Fayette, Henry or Spalding co., then, I would have sacrificed the opportunity for myself and my children to grown up in a more realistic environment and world. I made the choice of living in a county where I can just as easily go buy okra as I can buy ginger. Both my children have gone through their education here in clayton co., and to be sure, I always let people know that if my kids made it through such a tough environment, then they will be much better prepared to make it in any environment to succeed. However, to have taken them to Fayette co., for example, they would have missed out on the cultural and ethnic diversity they were exposed to. My son graduated in 2006 and is attending a private college in a gorgeous alpine-like setting, away from all the chaos that plagues ALL of metro Atlanta. My daughter will be graduating from high school this spring, and she has so many friends from different ethnic groups, I know it will benefit her and this country in the future. So, before you all start throwing stones at us clayton co., parents, rest assured that not all of us would want to send our kids to your schools, where they will never have had the opportunity to meet people of different ethnic or cultural groups.

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Submitted by boxwing on Wed, 03/26/2008 - 5:46pm.

My kids went through the Fayette County School System and had friends of all different racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. I coached in a Fayette HS for ten years and had the same experience. So don't assume that Fayette does not have diversity; it does!

Submitted by skyspy on Wed, 03/26/2008 - 4:04pm.

that we have ALWAYS ojected too. I'm glad you feel safe...

"Culture" is great if that "culture" doesn't involve gratuitous crime.

Most of us just do not like criminals or crime. That is what we "can't get along with". It is that simple.

Submitted by Y oh Y on Wed, 03/26/2008 - 12:17pm.

I do not doubt you like where you live and enjoy the benefits of such. But please do not call out anyone for their views on "diversity"

I left Clayton 5 years ago during the first accreditation fiasco. I had a great house in a community of great residents. But a year (or two) before we moved, the MACE crowd and their friends ran a slate of candidates under slogans such as "it's our turn now!" and such. These candidates had pictures on their campaign signs in case someone could not figure out who the "our" was.

Needless to say, in no time these elected members, took the schools to the SACS dog house and now the out house. Sadly, the lack of interest in diversity may have accelerated this crisis. The community had spoken, and then failed to speak up.

In Fayette, the entire community is involved in our schools. There is active participation from the community and the results show. UGA actually does limit the number of acceptances from a school like McIntosh because these kids could fill the place up. You will be shocked to see these children are from every color of the rainbow and every step on the economic ladder, and they are succeeding with an involved community that works with and for the schools that it has invested in. Despite these impressive results, you will find our citizens constantly monitoring and advising our school board to ensure that we remain a quality school system.

It is Clayton's turn to reap from the investment it has sown at the polling place. I feel for the children who are the victims not of "white flight", but of a community that has failed them.

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Submitted by poipendicular on Wed, 03/26/2008 - 11:49am.

You are to be commended for staying in the county as those voted into office continue to bring your county in deeper troubles. I can understand the desire to bring your children up in a multi-cultural area. To teach them to be open minded about race. The joy that is to be had in going to a grocery store and shopping for okra or ginger, though you can find that at every Kroger or Publix, it just happens to be more expensive. The issue is still the other residents, the ones that show no interest or concern about the burgeoning crime, or the students that chose not to concern themselves with an education, and seek the fast or illegal dollar. Those are the students many of us in Fayette are against.

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Submitted by muddle on Wed, 03/26/2008 - 11:23am.

The real local tragedy, then, is for families like yours who really do care about education, but have been let down by those vested with the responsibility of ensuring that the education provided is what you deserve.

I liked your "okra and ginger" line, by the way.

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