Atlanta Is Not Wakanda But Can Be: Reimagining Atlanta With Council Member Antonio Brown As Mayor
By: Ashley Nelson
In the city of the haves and the have nots, forty-one percent of voters remain uncertain on whom they want to lead the city of Atlanta for the next four years. Rather than pandering to the Buckhead community and the rise in crime, one of the main focuses in this election in crime shifted to generational poverty in Atlanta. District 3 council member and mayoral
“It is time Atlanta stop chasing political clout and focus on the people and the real issues of Atlanta. Addressing the root of the issues instead of continuing to put a band-aid in the issue while only treating the symptoms,” said Antonio Brown.
A young, more progressive council member than his peers, Brown represents the Black communities represented by Black leadership left behind. Brownwants Atlanta voters to reimagine a city where political and corporate interests do not trump the people’s interests. An inclusive ecosystem for all city residents where wealth is distributed among all economic classes.
The change that Brown is proposing is one no other candidate has brought forth – moving residents out of poverty and into the middle class, providing livable jobs and health insurance, and helping the middle class and small businesses affected by the pandemic.
In addition to his socio-economic shift, Brown intends on bringing the City of South Fulton back into Atlanta. As a result, Atlanta will have the city tax base it needs to thrive. In addition, Brown ensures South Fulton will have the proper representation on the council so Atlanta can remain the black Mecca it intended to be. The city to allow African Americans to prosper on an equal playing field.
“Atlanta can’t afford to put sidewalks in the vicinity of schools. Atlanta can’t even afford to fix the potholes but by bringing South Fulton back into the mix, the city can focus on rebuilding the city’s tax base,” said Brown.
Brown believes Atlanta is in jeopardy of losing its ‘Black’ title. Blacks may work in the city but can no longer afford to live there. Fifty-two percent of Atlanta’s population is Black. According to Brown, Atlanta needs an inclusive ecosystem to preserve the Black population.
Brown certainly has a good talk game; but why should Atlanta voters vote for him, a high school dropout. Despite Brown’s many adversities and current indictment, he has done more on the council in his short tenure than his other council members combined and continues to put in the work. Brown has passed over sixty pieces of legislation to address the city’s most complex issues. He has created community wealth funds and has been an advocate for Atlanta’s residents left behind.
When it comes to his education, Brown states what good is a degree if you are not going to lift your fellow brothers and sisters? What good is a degree if you are not going to build an ecosystem inclusive to all residents?
Brown is not looking for any validation, recognition, or political clout. It is not about what we have, but what we do equitably with what we have. He wants to continue doing the work for the people in divine purpose and order. Browncommits to be a voice for the people in the city of Atlanta.
Brown has made some noise, but voters are listening. Forty-one percent of Atlanta voters remain undecided. The first LGBTQ candidate for mayor, the LGBTQ community makes up a substantial percentage of voting and is another Atlanta community left behind.
The definition of insanity is to continue to do the same thing and expect different results. Brown believes the heart of Atlanta issues is politics. It is time for our young people to rise, community activists and organizers who have been putting in the work against injustices, a broken public safety, and a broken city government. Together, they all can help reimagine the city of Atlanta.