Atlanta, Georgia, is the capital of Southeast America; Although the southern states of America were the last to abolish slavery and segregation, Atlanta has always sought to distinguish from these places as a more liberal, more progressive city.
Since the 1960s, Atlanta has been associated with the civil rights movement and has been the main center of activity in this regard. The most famous resident of Atlanta was Martin Luther King, who was born here in 1929 and became the main champion of the civil rights of blacks and other disadvantaged Americans.
The King is now recognized as one of the most respected figures in American history, and is credited with advancing racial equality with vast numbers. He has won a number of awards, including the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, the Margaret Sanger Prize, the Marcus Garvey Prize, while in a survey conducted by Discovery Channel and AOL, the American public was voted the third largest American of all time. .
He was the king who was part of many advocates of equality in Atlanta. In the 1960s, black Atlantic students published a 'call for human rights', which condemned segregation and justified direct action against it. Waves of sit-ins followed and slowly but surely things began to change for the better, with Mayor Ivan Allen jr. He became one of the few white mayors in the south to support the desegregation of public schools in Atlanta.
But Atlanta's claims of racial harmony have not always been supported by history, and not all Atlanteans were "too busy to hate"; The members of the Ku Klux Klan have certainly found the time because their archival photographs are marching to protest the hotel's desegregation in the Atlanta show. And it was not an isolated event; at least 27 were killed and over seventy were injured during the 1906 races in Atlanta, while Jewish groups who opposed segregation were violently attacked by white supremacists.
Despite these problems, in comparison with other cities in the US, and especially those in the more traditionally racist South, Atlanta was more liberal and tried to present its racial diversity as strength rather than weakness. The 1996 Olympic Games helped regenerate certain areas of the city by spending millions of dollars on dispersing its central area, which in turn helped create a pedestrian-friendly shopping area. Other initiatives by the city to reduce segregation include measures by housing authorities in Atlanta to place low-income housing in mixed-income neighborhoods, helping to increase integration.
It may not be perfect, but Atlantic's well-thought-out city has certainly been busy trying to hate, and it still seems okay with regard to racial discrimination.