Residents Hold Press Conference to Plead for the Media to Cover SW Atlanta Neighborhoods Fairly

NPU-T President called a press conference to educate the media about the the number of individual neighborhoods that make up SW Atlanta.

Claiborne White, the incoming 2013 NPU-T Presidents called a press conference on December 14th for the purpose of educating the media about the various neighborhoods and the individualism that there is in Southwest Atlanta.  According to White, the media constantly covers stories in this large area, but instead of noting the neighborhood they only say Southwest Atlanta.  Southwest Atlanta is composed of roughly 97 individual neighborhoods and covers roughly 33 sq. miles.

To him and other residents in attendance, by not naming the exact neighborhood of a crime or of an incident, and by just labeling this whole area as SW Atlanta, makes it seem like everything bad happens in this scary place called "SW Atlanta."  White would rather the media state exactly where the crime/incident occurred, what neighborhood, what street, etc.

One resident voiced her opinion by saying that she believes, by not naming our neighborhoods in this area the media has taken away their identity and if a person has no identity, then no foul can be done.

It is important to note that only CBS News was in attendance from the major TV networks.  A map was passed out, which was intended for reporters at all the TV stations so as to help them with their reporting when they find themselves in Southwest Atlanta.

Claiborne White urged residents to step up and let the new organizations know when reporters have it wrong.

Mi Joy December 17, 2012 at 02:29 PM
How about instead of now disassociating yourself from the crime in SW Atlanta as if this is going to somehow solve the problem of crime. How about SW Atlanta residents begin a campaign of stopping the violence in SW Atlanta by working and acting as a community. Taking responsibilty for ourselves our kids and our community. Having an inclusive attitude of this is OUR problem now let's fix it. Having a spirit of patience. Erradicating this stupid No Snitch and start standing up to the criminals in our community to let them know we won't stand for this. Then we won't have to issue maps to the media...who's bright idea was that?!
Rodney December 17, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Mi Joy they are doing that already please stick to topic! The media has it own interesting way of cover events. When they had the carbon monoxide issue week before last I had to call one tv station because the reporter stated the parents that were outside the school door were out of control. When they showed the footage I was like these parents are upset and asking questions any parent would ask. I called the station and I told them the reporter should not be saying these parents are out of controls when in fact they were asking normal question just like any parents. I also advised them that i doubted that the same statement would have been made about parents in buckhead or dunwoody.
Dominique Huff December 17, 2012 at 05:00 PM
I was there in attendance and support this initiative. College Park residents did this years ago when crimes from unincorporated College Park (Fulton and Clayton) were being classified in the media as CP. There are many things that need to be done in SW Atlanta and with nearly 100 neighborhoods, everyone should be busy doing something. When a negative image is always being presented about your area, it stymies the economic growth opportunities. The community is at least taking accountability and responsibility on cleaning up its image, which its job. I support them wholeheartedly on this. The police have stepped their presence but we know they can't be everywhere at once. The residents and business owners are starting to work together more yet much work remains to be done.
Mi Joy December 17, 2012 at 05:32 PM
M Jackson December 17, 2012 at 05:32 PM
I always used to think I needed to be scared or on the lookout when I'd hear SW Atlanta. Then I figured out how big the area is and stopped. So I agree this was a good idea.
Mi Joy December 17, 2012 at 05:42 PM
I respect your opinion. However, if this energy was put into rolling up our sleeves and forgeting about the media and cleaning up our communities then there wouldn't be anything negative for the media to report. The fact remains that crime is happening whether or not it's in your neighborhood or the next. It's like Martin Luther King Jr. said " Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere". Sooner or later if crime isn't addressed that same map being issued will have your area or my area highlighted as a crime riddled area. If WE don't take pride in our communities then no one else will love it, desire it, or respect it. We don't have to wait for others to start businesses in our communities we can do it ourselves. The media has been painting a disproportionate view on the black community for decades and it won't change until we begin the change and certainly that change is not passing out maps to the media! We have to be the change we want to see.
Mi Joy December 17, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Ok so now that instead of being afraid of the entire SW Atlanta and I am assuming now you are afraid of only certain parts if my assumption is correct, how is this addressing the high crime in Southwest Atlanta?
Mi Joy December 17, 2012 at 05:59 PM
This whole map "bright idea" is kind of like a brand new school being built in one community with all the state of the art this and that. Then all of a sudden all the parents decide to take their kids out of there older schools and transfer them to this brand new shiny school. Yes, it's easier to transfer your child to this new school but no one is addressing why no resources are being put into the older school or better yet no one is willing to fight the exhaustive battle of trying to bring the older school up to par. That's how I see this map idea. Folk just want to say Oh I don't live in Beecher I live in Guilford or etc. Who cares where the crime is happening, that fact remains that it's happening and when God forbid your husband or wife or child becomes a casualty of this crime you aren't going to care about where it happened you are going to want solace, answers and help!
DTL December 17, 2012 at 07:00 PM
I live in SW Atlanta and I do believe that each community needs to be identified when a crime occurs in that particular neighborhood. As part of a very large community we as citizens can target our neighborhoods and can still come together to fight the crime that is occurring in the extremely large SW Atlanta. By identifying individual communities it will let the people who are interested in knowing where in S W Atlanta that particular crime occurred. So I feel this is a good idea.
Mi Joy December 17, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Okay for those people who are interested in crime data they can view the census reports and city of Atlanta data that's available free of charge and publicly. How are these maps going to solve this increasing issue of violence and crime in southwest atlanta?
Dominique Huff December 18, 2012 at 04:36 AM
If you hear SW Atlanta so many times, you will become numb to it. I have many colleagues that accept the crimes in the area as life. If you kept hearing about break ins along Cascade and you lived/worked in the area, you would be more apt to do something. Ditto for Princeton Lakes (they had this issue in 2007 along with Guilford Forest), Beecher, Metropolitan Pkwy and so on. Mi Joy, I am all for responsibility. If we are serious about crime, the biggest problem is that the black community must stop defending it and making excuses for it. Secondly, the APD must stop worrying so much about speeding on I-20 and get their duffs in these communities on foot and bike patrol. Thirdly, if you see something, say something. This stop snitching crap has gotten old. Fourth, neighbors need to start communicating more to one another.
NGD December 18, 2012 at 06:27 PM
I believe that identification of the actual area makes sense....I get perturbed whn I see "SW Atlanta" and the location is actually somewhere else....they give us a lot of crimes that do not belong to us...
Mi Joy December 18, 2012 at 06:37 PM
WOWWWW...what do you mean "they give us a lot of crimes that do not belong to us". Aren't all crimes an issue for all of humanity. Then when something happens on your doorstep you want Al Sharpton and the same community you want to disassociate yourself with to come to your aid and fight. Let's not be selfish. Let's get to the root cause of violence in OUR community to help erradicate it. Let's also remember that every crime also has a victim. So to so say "crimes that do not belong to us" is not only a cold outlook but tell that to a victim. WE ARE THE HUMAN RACE FOLK!!!
Todd Smith December 19, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Mi Joy I agree that we should take responsibility about what is going on in our communities and police our own communities but the media does need to stop lumping all communities in SW Atlanta as one it gives a bad perception of the community as a whole and in business perception is everything from new office complexes being built which in return equals more businesses moving to the area & more jobs, to property values appreciation. If you look the crime numbers as a individual community majority of the areas in SW Atlanta are just as safe any area in Garden Hills and even more than VA Highland but the perception is that they just that much more safer as a whole which is incorrect. The media alot of times calls crimes that occur in NW & SE Atlanta but refer to it as SW Atlanta. If you listen to the media you would think Midtown and Buckhead are the safest area in America, PERCEPTION IS EVERYTHING
Mi Joy December 19, 2012 at 02:07 PM
How is this going to address the high crime in Southwest Atlanta?
Mo December 19, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Thank you, Mr. Smith. For me this is the real issue. When an area that is as large as (what is considered) "Southwest Atlanta" has a perception of being exclusively a low income/high crime area, very little thought is given to ecomonic growth. So what ends up happening is you have vibrant,well established, middle class, low crime neighborhoods full of law abiding citzens who can not get quality restaurants and stores and businesses to even consider serving them because the perception is they do not exist. So we have to take our money and our resources out of our communities. No one is saying we shouldn't fight crime all over, but the majority of us fight crime by NOT COMMITTING CRIMES. So why should we all be painted with the same negative brush as those who do? There is a perception (and yes, unfortunately somethimes a reality) problem at play here, and that is what people are trying to address.
Mi Joy December 19, 2012 at 02:51 PM
I see this is the wrong platform for someone of my mind set that actually cares about all of humanity! To me it doesn't matter where or who is committing the crimes but how WE ban together and help to stop the crime....maybe you all will understand this someday! Happy holidays.
Todd Smith December 19, 2012 at 03:11 PM
@Mi Joy Like the guy said before please "stay on the topic". Once again I we should police our communities 100 law abiding citizens people can not police the entire SW Atlanta corridor. The city has hired 2000 police officers the most Atlanta has ever seen in the last two Mayors. You can rally but that will be a temporary fix. You have to hold the business community who allow illegal activities to fester, churches and city offiicals responsible. As a whole the business community has to become stronger. As a parent you have got to tell these kids with sagging pants that is not doing anything to help your economic situation. More than anything SW Atlanta has to become diversified. People who come to my house or community for the first almost always say "I did not know it was this nice and quiet over here" I get that from blacks, whites, hispanics etc that goes back to perception. At the end of the day my community is no different than there neighborhood. I TOTALLY AGREE MO!!! The good people in SW Atlanta outweigh the bad people in SW Atlanta by far !!!
Todd Smith December 19, 2012 at 03:19 PM
@Mi Joy Yes all crime is bad and we are all for humanity "a perfect world" but I guess you dont see the relationship between economics, perception & crime they are correlated.
Kitty December 20, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Mi Joy, This press conference addresses part of the problem. In breaking news, Oakhurst, Buckhead or Virginia Higlands are identified by name not by their quadrant of the city. "SW Atlanta" has close to 100 neighborhoods within its border. SW Atlanta is not a neighborhood and should not be identified as such. There are beautiful people in the neighborhoods of SW Atlanta working to makethem more beautiful, safe and inviting. I encourage you to get imore involved with your neighborhood association and your NPU (Neighborhood Planning Unit, established by Mayor Maynard Jackson). Collective "work in the village" between neighborhoods and the authorities has been in progress and continues to bring crime rates down. Put your words into action by the channels set up the the City Council. The campaign is already in place - join us.


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