Like mayors in many other cities, Mayor Reed of Atlanta was confronted with hundreds of protestors who took to the city's most prominent downtown park and made it their home, to live, eat and protest against all types of groups and for all kinds of causes.
For weeks, Reed -- an African-American former state legislator and attorney -- quietly let the protesters "do their thing" with minimal police involvement. Reed finally issued an executive order to clear the park for many of the same reasons other mayors in America took similar actions. But not wanting to take way Atlanta's longtime reputation as "the city too busy to hate," he chose to allow the protesters extended time in the park named after the late Robert Woodruff, the deceased Coca-Cola boss who guided the city successfully through integration in the turbulent 1960s.
Learning of an unlicensed music "festival" that was to occur at the same time and place as the "Occupy Atlanta" protesters, Reed recently took action. He recognized that the mixture of the two groups might not only be a hazard, it might be the spark needed to start true violence in downtown Atlanta.
I can tell you that even the alleged "liberal media" in Atlanta, for the most part, had their fill of the protesters. Their demeanor had become surly, their message muddled, and their endless desire for publicity overwhelming. A few long-in-the-tooth low-level "civil rights" leaders criticized Reed when he ordered police to peacefully clear the park of the protesters. One, who shall go nameless, is known for having taken big- time money to turn the black vote out for a GOP gubernatorial nominee in the 1990s. He reproached Reed as being, in essence, a sell-out to the business community in the South's largest city. What a joke!
But now we know, scientifically, that the calm but measured approach taken by Reed turned out to be popular with the people of Atlanta. An InsiderAdvantage poll conducted for the city's biggest television station revealed that an overwhelming 69 percent of registered voters in Atlanta said they approved of the action taken by their mayor. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percent.