Black Reporters ONLY Allowed in Georgia Mayoral Race Event

There was a time when The United States eliminated segregation and division; viewing all American citizens as equal, however over the last 10 years things have taken a significant turn in what many say is the wrong direction.

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Another prime example of this primitive walk back came today when Bolten Street Baptist Church barred all reporters and press from their event discussing the upcoming mayoral race in Georgia, unless said reporter’s were black.

According to The Associated Press, the Wednesday meeting at a church in Savannah was held to try to unite the city’s black community behind a single candidate for mayor in the Nov. 5 election. Signs at the door said “Black Press Only!”

White reporters were denied entry, while at least two black reporters and the publisher of a local African-American newspaper were allowed inside, the Savannah Morning News reported . Television cameras and recording devices were also prohibited.

Rev. Clarence Teddy Williams, who organized the meeting, declined to discuss their policy.

Van Johnson, a Savannah city councilman and one of three black mayoral candidates to have announced campaigns so far, attended the Wednesday meeting at Bolton Street Baptist Church. Johnson said afterward he relayed “my vision for an inclusive Savannah, a progressive Savannah.”

Asked by WTOC-TV about only black reporters being allowed inside, Johnson said: “It’s not my meeting. Again, I was asked to come give a statement, and so I came and I gave a statement.”

What are your thoughts of segregation? Is is the wave of the future or are these instances more selective? Let us know below.

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