Atlanta Journal-Constitution

CultureHISTORY: “The Horror Of Lynchings Lives On” - The New York Times Editorial Board

“… researchers counted 4,075 lynchings — about 800 more than have shown up in previous surveys. That so many killings were missing from the historical record illustrates the extent to which lynchings — sometimes carried out before hundreds of spectators — have been erased from public discourse.” - NYT Editorial Board (full piece), December 3, 2016

(Photo credit: The burial of two lynching victims, George Dorsey and his sister, Dorothy Malcolm, in Bishop, Ga., in 1946. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, via Associated Press)

A very important column confronting America’s most cruel, violent and awful form of anti-black racism: the public lynching. A new report via the Equal Justice Initiative offers more insight. Most notably that black WWII veterans were specifically targeted because they represented the greatest threat to the concept of white superiority. 

It is utterly shocking how little Americans know about the prevalence of this practice, especially in the south, during the 20th century. But when you learn more about the history and the fact that white people used to bring their families to these public executions - and sometimes even took burned body parts as souvenirs - it makes the shameful erasure somewhat understandable. It’s still immoral, but the reality of this part of American history is almost too awful to fathom. That said, until we confront this horrid and shameful legacy, we will continue to be the country that puts blatant racists like Trump in the White House.  

There is a rapidly growing trend among college students these days where according to a recent article in the AJC, more students are going to smaller two-year schools and then transferring to more traditional four-year institutions to earn their degree. According to the article about a third of students transfer schools during their collegiate careers. They list the number one reason as wanting to save money by taking core classes at less expensive colleges.

This was particularly interesting to me because that is exactly what I did. I went to Georgia Perimeter’s Dunwoody campus for two years and then transferred to GSU. My reasons were simple: I knew that I didn’t want to spend a boat load of money to try something I may or may not like. I was just coming off of a five year hiatus from high school and I was very unsure and insecure about college. By going to GPC first it allowed me to experience college on a smaller scale…and at a cheaper rate. I also did research and I found that Georgia State had the best “bang for my buck” when it came to my choice program, so naturally this is where I transferred.

The article points out that GSU gets more transfer students from Georgia Perimeter more than any other school. It cites the close relationship that GPC faculty has with GSU faculty in order to ensure transfers go as seamless as possible. I can definitely attest to this. I remember my professors at GPC saying, “If you are transferring to Georgia State you need this or that class…this class won’t transfer over, you’ll need this one instead…” They were very helpful and seemed very knowledgeable about how GSU operated.

The article also states that transfer students make up almost half of our undergraduates with 6,000 coming from Georgia Perimeter. I’d say that is a pretty impressive relationship!  

Most recently, GSU has been in the process of exploring programs and other options that will show what the best course of action is towards keeping the graduation rates high in these transfer students.

I think it’s a really good sign that Georgia State is investing in programs that will further help transfer students succeed because with the current economic climate of the country, this is a trend that doesn’t look like it will be slowing down any time soon.

At a time when the nation is again assessing race relations and how to bridge the divide between perception and reality, the Photo Vault looks back at a journalist and folklorist whose use of black-dialect tales was part of a new literary tradition.

(via Harris became a voice of the South, not beloved by all |

A quick look at the troublesome legacy of Joel Chandler Harris and his Uncle Remus stories from the AJC.

I’ve been learning how to edit every single day!! By observing and taking notes about what to click and what certain terms mean, etc. and by actually DOING. 

 I’ve helped to attach & edit animations for 5, 5:30, &6pm live newshows and have done CG and lower third graphics for a newshow.  TRANSLATION= making sure the video/images/graphics are edited and match the script/audio that is shown during the newscast.

However, there can be a LOT of last minute changes in scripts and computers/equipment have a mind of their own, but all of this teaches patience.

 Having a behind the scenes look at how things are done and the time it takes to create something gives you other perspectives of situations. There really wouldn’t be a news or television show without the producers, video editors, audio/sound technicians, content managers and sooo much more.                                                       

                                                  SOME ADVICE  


· Don’t limit yourself, it’s great to be versatile, learn everything you can from editors, producers, reporters, etc. while you’re there!

· Take notes

· Thank the people that take time out of their schedule to help and talk to you. Don’t forget to get their contact information too!

·   Don’t be afraid to ask questions or ask for help

·   Bring a light jacket/sweater, it’s usually cold when there’s a lot of computer/technical equipment around. 

·   Hand Sanitizer….“everyone” is touching the same equipment
Georgia Bill Could Make Niqabs And Hijabs Illegal In Public
The legislation would amend a law originally created to fight the Ku Klux Klan.

“In 1951, Georgia passed an anti-masking law to keep Ku Klux Klan members from committing anonymous racist violence while wearing white hoods. Now, just a week after Donald Trump won the presidential election and amid an uptick in hate crimes, a Georgia lawmaker wants to expand this law to target Muslim women.

House Bill 3, written by state Rep. Jason Spencer ®, aims to alter the language of Georgia’s anti-masking law to include women. This would make it a misdemeanor for anyone to wear any type of hood or veil — including niqabs and hijabs — while driving and in public spaces, according to a report by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Currently, the law reads:

A person is guilty of a misdemeanor when he wears a mask, hood, or device by which any portion of the face is so hidden, concealed or covered as the conceal the identity of the wearer and is upon any public way or public property or upon the private property of another without the written permission of the owner or occupier of the property to do so.
Spencer, who did not return a request for comment, hopes to insert the words “or she” into the above law, expanding the restriction to Muslim women, the Journal-Constitution reported.

The bill would also add this line to the current law: “For the purposes of this subsection, the phrase ‘upon any public way or property’ includes but is not limited to operating a motor vehicle upon any public street, road, or highway.” It would also forbid Muslim women from wearing veils in government ID photos.

We have a new president, but not a new Constitution. The bill is unnecessary and unconstitutional, and we intend to oppose it if it goes forward.
Edward Ahmed Mitchell, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Georgia
Local Muslims are well aware of the upcoming bill, and community leaders say they won’t allow it to move through the legislature without opposition.

“The bill is a bad solution to a nonexistent problem,” Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Georgia, told The Huffington Post. “[These Muslim women] are not endangering themselves or anyone else. We have a new president, but not a new Constitution. The bill is unnecessary and unconstitutional, and we intend to oppose it if it goes forward.”

Georgia’s proposal echoes anti-Muslim legislation in places like France, where religious veils have been banned to some extent in academic institutions, public service jobs and on beaches. But more importantly, it falls in line with the widespread targeting of Muslim women fueled by increasing Islamophobia across the country.

Muslim women have been heavily affected by hate crimes in the wake of Trump’s victory. Georgia’s CAIR office said it received reports of Muslim children being viciously bullied in schools and even a Muslim teacher receiving a note that said she should hang herself with her hijab.

“We believe that outreach works better than outrage,” Mitchell said. “We intend to reach out with an open hand. We build bridges. If that fails, and our government leaders attempt to interfere with our rights, we will defend our community by any legal means necessary.”

The Huffington Post is documenting the rising wave of anti-Muslim bigotry and violence in America. Take a stand against hate.”

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I was driving by when they filmed this. Wonder if I can see my car in the background…

The AJC recently published an article about the new hiring practices within the University System of Georgia despite the state and much of the country being in a recession. According to the AJC, the Regents are raising tuition rates to offset the cost of these new faculty and staff members.

The Regents state that the increase in enrollment numbers is the cause for having to go on a hiring frenzy which naturally causes tuition to rise in order to accommodate the new employees of the university system…which are there because of the increasing number of students.

You see what I just did there?

Well, many students are (and have been) upset about this. It seems that while the universities have been able to raise tuition rates, the students have yet to see a real benefit from this. At Kennesaw State, faculty and staff numbers have increased by 37.5 percent and tuition has risen by 75 percent in the last four years. A student at KSU is quoted in the article saying that he hasn’t noticed anything different with the added personnel other than the fact that he is paying more in tuition—and he doesn’t understand why.  

Kennesaw’s president stated that, “Tuition helps pay salaries” but if colleges stopped admitting students because they lacked the resources needed to accommodate those students, it would alleviate a lot of stress on all parties involved.

The easiest solution to me it seems would be to go on a wait list. Keep tuition low, and plan for the amount of people you can realistically handle. Not overextend.

With GSU, this is especially problematic because of the location of our campus. According to the SACS Accreditation we have about 600,000 assignable square feet (ASF) and it is said that we will need to double that by 2015 in order to withstand the influx of students we are expected to have.

1.2 million assignable square feet? In Atlanta? Where on earth are we going to get that from?

Another issue that comes up in the article is the outsider’s perspective. When people assess the situation from an outside point-of-view they see the country in a recession and the Board of Regents raising tuition costs on students, but concurrently constructing expensive buildings and starting football programs. That doesn’t go over well when asking someone to donate money to the university because they don’t understand why we need it.

In addition to the other Annual Giving campaigns that I help run, I am most heavily involved in the Class Gift Campaign—which is our student giving campaign. It is especially difficult for me to go to events and ask students to give back to the university and have them ask me, “Well, why do you need more of my money when my tuition has gone up by more than 50 percent in the last four years and you just spent all that money on a (insert whatever building, new program or sports team that student is not interested in)?” Yes, it is very difficult.

But, I have the best of both worlds. Because I am a student I am very empathetic to the concerns that most other students face because I share the same ones. However, because I am a fundraiser I also see firsthand why private support is so important.

So, when a student asks me why they should give back I ask them, “Well, what was the most important thing to you at GSU?” and I get a lot of different answers. Art history, international relations, chemistry…all kinds of things. I then tell them about how tuition and fees only cover a portion of the operating budget and how past alumni support has significantly helped fund many of the programs they were so passionate about. Students don’t always give based on that alone, but when they do I know I have changed their perspective about the importance of private funding.

I just kicked the AJC's ass!

Check out this letter I wrote to the Atlanta Journal Constitution after I signed up for a subscription and they never sent me any newspapers!

To Whom It May Concern,

I am writing regarding the account number in the subject head above.  Just to be clear, I have NEVER received a newspaper from the AJC since I signed up for home delivery.  I do live in an apartment, so I figured that might be the cause.  When a representative contacted me about a balance on my account, I let her know that I had never received any newspapers.  She was supposed to be looking into for me but never got back with me.  I understand that things happen, but I never got an answer.  Not only that, but I never received a single newspaper.  I am really disappointed by the AJC, and want the balance from my account removed.  Not only because I didn’t receive my newspapers, but also because of the poor customer service.  Any other company would have found out what the problem was and made sure that my item was delivered to me in a timely manner.  But that’s not all.  You also had the audacity to send me invoices asking for money, and have your representatives call me to ask for money, when you couldn’t even deliver the product to me.  If I had known this was going to be the case I would not have bothered wasting my time in the first place.

There is no need to start sending papers to me now, if you even figured out what was wrong.  I started buying my papers from the Kroger store across the street, and I am more than happy with this new arrangement. I would appreciate if you DID NOT have any of your representatives contact me directly about this, since I have had more than I can deal with from the AJC. 

Please remove the “past due balance” of $9.07 from my account immediately.  It’s just bad business practice to charge for a service that you don’t even provide to the customer.


Candace Juhan
Account # XXXXX004