Blog Topic: Say What

  • In the Loop: Avid Pulls Out of Athens Academy Book Fair After Being Told to Remove Book With Gay Characters


    Avid Bookshop shut down the annual book fair it holds at Athens Academy today after an administrator told booksellers to hide a book that features gay characters, according to owner Janet Geddis.

    The director of the Oconee County private school's "lower" (or elementary) school told Avid staff to remove The Best Man by Newbery Medalist Richard Peck from display after a parent complained on Wednesday, Geddis said. The Best Man "tells the story of small-town life, gay marriage and everyday heroes," according to Avid's website


  • In the Loop: Candidates Condemn 'Violent Rhetoric' by a Richard Winfield Supporter Against Chalis Montgomery

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    Chalis Montgomery.

    Chalis Montgomery's campaign called on opponent Richard Dien Winfield today to denounce what it called "escalating and violent rhetoric" against Montgomery.

    Both Winfield and Montgomery are running in the Democratic primary to take on District 10 Rep. Jody Hice (R-Greensboro).

    Irami Osei-Frimpong, a Winfield supporter who is featured in some of his campaign materials, posted on Facebook Sunday that he would "kill their [white liberals'] Democrat." 

    The Montgomery campaign took this to be a threat and called on Winfield to denounce it. 

    “The national sickness of violent political speech—particularly against women—has unfortunately reached our city,” Montgomery spokeswoman Kimberly Davis said in a news release. “This issue is one that transcends this particular election and is reflective of where we are in terms of public discourse in this country. It’s about how we treat all women.”

    In a statement provided to Flagpole, Winfield said that he asked Osei-Frimpong to change the language of the post—which he did—and that he would not tolerate inflammatory speech.


  • In the Loop: Athens Immigrants Respond to Trump's 'Shithole Countries' Comment


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    Speaking of shitholes...

    Early Thursday afternoon, it seemed as if the Senate was steamrolling into a victory bipartisan effort to end the uncertainty for DACA recipients—immigrants brought to the U.S. as children by undocumented parents who were protected from deportation under the Obama Administration. A team lead by Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Dick Durbin (D-IL) seemed to have settle on an agreement to prevent the deportation of almost 700,000 DREAMers that the bill covers.

    However, later that same afternoon, when President Trump was brief on the details of the plan by senators, he was frustrated with the idea of allowing the legal immigration of residents from Africa, Haiti and El Salvador, questioning, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” adding, “We should be taking more people from Norway.”


  • In the Loop: Nick Chubb's Fascinating Family History

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    For all of Georgia running back Nick Chubb's accomplishments on the football field, what his ancestors did may be even more impressive.

    The Atlanta news website Saporta Report ran a story Monday on the Chubb family history, and it is incredible.

    In 1851, eight Chubb brothers, all freed slaves, moved from North Carolina to Madison, GA, about 30 miles south of Athens, then settled near Rome, founding an unincorporated community called Chubbtown.


  • In the Loop: Tenants Flock Online to Complain About Athens' Latest Luxury Student Housing Development


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    The Mark, as seen from the newly opened Firefly Trail last month.

    Dozens of tenants—presumably, mostly University of Georgia students—have left reviews online saying were taken for marks when they signed leases at The Mark, the newest of several luxury student housing developments downtown.

    The Mark advertises itself as "high-end living" with "luxurious amenities"—including a golf simulator, tanning beds, game room, rooftop pool and self-serve Starbucks—and "well-appointed with luxury finishes unrivaled by other student accomodations in Athens," like granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances.

    But The Mark has received just 1.6 stars out of five on Google—far lower than nearby complexes like 909 Broad (3.7), the Flats at Carr's Hill (3.9), Uncommon Athens (4.7) or The Standard (3.4), which was built by the same company as The Mark, Athens-based Landmark Properties, but is now under different ownership.


  • In the Loop: UPDATE: Democrats Score Stunning Wins in Athens State House Elections; T-SPLOST Approved


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    Jonathan Wallace supporters celebrate after learning he won the state House District 119 race.

    Democrats won shocking victories in two special elections for Athens-area state House seats on Tuesday, winning the conservative-leaning seats in spite of well-funded opposition from Republicans.

    In District 117, Deborah Gonzalez overcame Republican opponent Houston Gaines' $200,000 war chest and much-publicized support from Democratic Athens-Clarke County Mayor Nancy Denson. 

    As of 9 p.m., Gonzalez led Gaines 53 percent to 47 percent, with some Clarke County precincts left to be counted, but all the votes in staunchly Republican Oconee, Jackson and Barrow counties have been counted, leaving Gaines no chance to catch up.

    Likewise, with all Oconee precincts reporting, Jonathan Wallace avoided a runoff by winning 56percent of the vote in District 119, which historically leans even further to the right than 117. (Both districts were specifically drawn to elect Republicans.)


  • In the Loop: Tate Center Sign on Georgia Tech Shooting Disturbs UGA Students



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    Hunter Hulsey was disgusted when he saw a sign with a poll in the Tate Student Center Plaza Wednesday asking if people agreed that the shooting of Scout Schultz at Georgia Tech was "a clean shoot."

    Schultz, a student at Georgia Tech, was shot and killed by police responding to a call of a suspicious person on campus. Schultz reportedly refused to comply with officer orders to drop a multitool he was wielding. It was later revealed Schultz placed the call the brought officers to the scene in what appears to be a suicide by police shooting.

    "It pissed me off, so I took a picture," Hulsey said.


  • In the Loop: UGA Prof: Texas Is Under Trillions of Gallons of Water


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    Texas National Guard soldiers rescue Houston residents from Hurricane Harvey flooding.

    Just how bad is the flooding in southeastern Texas? University of Georgia meteorologist and geography professor John Knox is here to explain in a Medium post.

    Knox looked at a 5,000 square-mile triangle between Houston, Port Aurthur and Lufkin, TX, that's home to about 7 million people. That region has received approximately 36 inches of rainfall. Calculate it, and that's 3 trillion gallons of water.

    To put it in perspective, according to Knox, that's five Lake Laniers worth of water that's fallen on an area the size of Connecticut.


  • In the Loop: Michael Thurmond: Stone Mountain Needs Context


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    DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond weighed in on the Stone Mountain controversy in an interview the AJC published today.

    He wouldn't endorse Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams' call to sandblast Confederate figures Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson off the mountain, but he did call for additional context regarding the "Lost Cause" mythology surrounding the 1915 carving, as well as black representation on the board that runs the park.


  • In the Loop: Georgia Republicans Can't Seem to Bring Themselves to Condemn White Supremacists

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    "Six of one, half dozen of the other..."

    President Donald Trump has been roundly criticized for his milquetoast statement on the riot in Charlottesville, VA yesterday—during which white supremacist thugs killed a counterprotesterand injured dozens more, and two police officers died in a helicopter crash—blaming the violence on "many sides" rather than a particular group of bigots who happen to be his core supporters.

    But he's not the only one who refuses to identify the people who committed the violence or their ideology. Several Republican Georgia congressmen have skirted the issue themselves, condemning violence and hatred in general terms while acting like they're things that just sort of ... happen, instead of things that people do.

    Call them the alt-right, white supremacists, white nationalists, neo-Nazis. Call them whatever you want. But call them out.

    Here's Sen. David Perdue, one of Trump's staunchest supporters:


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