Think of this as Volume 18, Number 44 of the newsletter I have written weekly since March, 1997. Enjoy.
When I was a kid, I was taught that Georgia’s nickname was “The Empire State of the South.”
Back then Georgia had an umbilical relationship then with my home state, New York, the original “Empire State.” Georgia, and the states around it, were where New York outsourced manufacturing that required large amounts of labor. Georgia was the original India.
Back in the 1950s the South was filled with textile mills of all kinds, and Atlanta was the regional center to which all those plants reported. One reason the Atlanta business community was so anxious to do business with this city’s black leaders, and advertise itself as “the city too busy to hate,” was to protect that relationship with New York, which didn’t much care for overt racism. For all his faults, the original John D. Rockefeller believed in racial equality. His wife was the Spelman of Spelman College. And throughout the years of my upbringing our governor was Nelson Rockefeller, a grandson of John D.