|Coca-Cola's Atlanta headquarters... how many e-mails came from this building in support of Beverly Hall and the Atlanta Public School (APS) system, when the "cheating" scandal was being covered-up by Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce?|
So that "the right kind of people" will see their considerable financial holdings only increase, their power drastically increased, and influence continue to mature.
It was last year that VDare published a piece by Paul Kersey detailing the extent to which the city of Atlanta has always been run by white businessmen who wish to avoid the stain of racism at any cost -- the "right kind of people" long-time Coca-Cola President Robert Woodruff would have loved to entertain at his beloved Ichauway Plantation. [The Atlanta School Scandal After A Year: Chamber of Commerce a.k.a. Conservatism Inc Doesn't Want To Know, July 11, 2012]
A long day of horseback riding, quail hunting, and a Coke or two and you'd have the opportunity to get the blessing of the 'old man himself -- as long as you were prepared to accept black political rule (and cover-up any incompetence).
As more and details emerge from the almost entirely black Atlanta Public Schools (APS) fiasco, like the taste of a flat Coca-Cola, the reality of white people covering-up for black incompetence is still hard to swallow [Business leaders pushed pro-APS report despite flaws, Atlanta Journal Constitution, 4-22-13]
In 2010, business leaders backed by the Metro Atlanta Chamber touted a Blue Ribbon Commission report that downplayed cheating in Atlanta Public Schools.
What they didn't say is that some commission members knew the report was flawed and incomplete.
New documents and interviews from the files of the governor's task force on cheating suggest that business leaders were eager to limit the perceived damage to the city's image — and even its housing values.
The AJC found that:
- Commission leaders had misgivings about the independence of the Blue Ribbon Commission, which promised a fair and unbiased inquiry into the cheating allegations, right from the start because it contained a key ally of former school superintendent Beverly Hall.
- Auditors hired by the commission to investigate produced a report using methodology that commission and chamber officials worried was flawed. Indeed, the initial draft of the report to the commission had so many problems that the commission's chairman, himself an experienced auditor of a major auditing firm, called it “garbage” in his testimony to investigators.
- Despite their private concerns about the commission’s independence and shortcomings, chamber and commission officials nonetheless attempted to sell the commission’s report discounting systemic cheating at APS and exonerating Hall as independent and authoritative.
The legacy of Robert Woodruff casts a huge shadow over the city of Atlanta. In the decision of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce to try and "cover-up" the systematic black cheating in the Atlanta Public School system, those sons and daughters of connected capitalism displayed the type of business acumen that could only be gleaned from stories and lessons their parents (and grandparents) learned while staying at Ichauway Plantation.
- The commission's chairman told investigators that he and some other commission members did not believe the commission’s report vindicated Hall, as she subsequently claimed it did. But they did not say so publicly or express how “incredibly disappointed” they were when Hall claimed vindication.
And have a Coke!