Real Black People of Atlanta Versus the 'Reality Show' Images

Huffington Posts' Black Voices wonders where are the Real Black People of Atlanta?

"Will the Real Black People of Atlanta Please Stand up" was the title of a Huffington Post article featured on Thursday, June 20. 

The author Kelly Smith Beaty, who is from Atlanta but lives in LA, wrote the rhetorical statement after watching what I can only imagine was another frustratingly 'low-brow' episode of some Reality TV Show based in Atlanta.

In her article she speaks of how she watched the newest show with "chagrin" as TV Producers come to, "our city to create what inevitable amounts to the Jerry Springer equivalent," she writes.

The poignant question midway through Beaty's article states:

"How is it that a city which was once the crowning jewel in the story of black America has allowed itself to be positioned as the melting pot of black affliction?"

Indeed, I wonder the same thing.  Cascade Patch is out in the community every day and see stories of success, interview people of wealth, and talk to people who have even fallen on hard-times. Never do we see so much ignorance, that is portrayed on a weekly basis by the various Atlanta based reality shows.

Granted, yes ignorance exists in Atlanta. 

Fact is that ignorance exists everywhere, but as Beaty's article points out there are a number of stories and characters within the great Atlanta history and in its current incarnation, that (our city), "doesn't have to settle for being the butt of any reality franchise's humiliating and reputation-damaging joke."

Cascade was once the most affluent Black neighborhood in the U.S., and still remains to be quite a wealthy neighborhood for those that can afford it.

As Kelly Smith Beaty says, "that Georgia peach that appears at the end of these shows is rotten. It is time that we come together to throw it out."

What are your thoughts?  Are you addicted to the Atlanta so-called reality shows?  Is it part of your guilty pleasure? Do you think they hurt us as a city, as a people?


Michael Adams July 09, 2012 at 03:32 PM
I agree, I was born and raised in and around the Greenbriar and Cascade areas of Southwest Atlanta, and when i mention that i am from Atlanta, the first thing that people ( from other places)say is that you don't sound like you are from Atlanta, you sound so intelligent, you aint from the hood. I'm instantly offended. I didn't grow up with a silver spoon in my mouth, I grew up in a working above -average- poor almost middle-class family, I saw the black wealthy, the black poor, the black educated, the black dropout, the black business owner, and the black welfare recipient all within five miles from where i lived, and everyone got along, no one looked down upon anyone else, everyone for the most part did their part to add to or benifet from the wealth of culture, history, and black love that is SOUTHWEST ATLANTA, long before rappers dubbed the area SWATS we raised our kids, loved our fellow brothers and sisters and made the whole world want to come to ATLANTA. Anyone of the people who say that i don't sound like i'm from here and that the Swats is the hood, when i'm given the oppertunity to SHow them the real ATL i change their life, and perception of what Atlanta is.
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