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White congressional candidate wants to participate in forum, but is told she can’t because she’s not black

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

Because Liz Carter is white, she’s banned from debating Democrat Rep. Hank Johnson and the other black candidates running for his Georgia congressional seat at a candidate forum in Atlanta tonight.

The forum, moderated by Newsmakers Live, is solely for the black Republicans and Democrats running for Johnson’s 4th Congressional District seat, Carter took to the Internet to say.

Carter, a Republican, expressed her disappointment on Twitter Wednesday, asking, “What happened to diversity?”

“We called them, we asked to participate,” said Carter’s campaign manager, Cheryl Prater. But she said Newsmaker Live’s event moderator, Maynard Eaton, told the campaign that because Carter is white, she’s only allowed to sit in the audience and not participate.

Newsmakers Live is a black media organization, which according to its website has a “global urbane perspective” and publishes a weekly journal and video show that “embodies a unique ‘infotainment’ concept that specializes in intense interviewing of prominent personalities and political figures.” Its website includes videos titled, “Are Black Babies An Endangered Species,” and “Moving African-American Businesses to the Next Level.”

Maynard, the editor-in-chief of Newsmakers Live, did not immediately respond to a request for comment by e-mail. But a flier advertising the event’s guests only shows the photos of the three black Democrats and one black Republican running for the seat: Hank Johnson,Vernon Jones and Connie Stokes, all Democrats, and Republican candidate Cory Ruth.

“By inviting this black Republican, they’ve made it racial,” said Prater. There are a couple other white candidates who were not invited to the program, Prater said.

Carter, she said, has worked to garner black support in the heavily black district and was endorsed by the College Republicans at Atlanta’s predominantly black Morehouse College.

Tonight the candidate will at least make an attempt to get on stage. “We’re showing up,” Prater said.

This reliably Democratic district congressional district has been the subject of embarrassment over the years, as firebrand conspiracist Cynthia McKinney once held the seat. Among Johnson’s gaffes, he became an Internet sensation this year by suggesting, on camera during a congressional hearing, that the island of Guam could “tip over and capsize” due to overpopulation.

Georgia’s primary is on July 20.

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  • candace

    Just read some older posts and, yes hypocrisy DOES run amuck. Banks and stores in predominantly white Atlanta towns employ blacks and whites. But try to apply for a job in a predominantly black Atlanta town, and the employees will look at you like you have two heads if you are white. Go to a bank or store in a predominantly black Atlanta town, and there are ZERO WHITE employees. Go to the unemployment office in DeKalb County, where Vernon Jones is, and there are ZERO WHITE employees. I got called “Miss White” when I was there, and was made to wait for over two hours. I had an appointment. Blacks who were walking in, with no appointment, were seen right away. But hypocrisy does run amuck. It is okay just as long as a white person does not do it. Where is OUR NAACP: National Association for Advancement of Caucasian Persons? Why is it okay that my sister-in-law was told that she could not have an advancement with her employer, the STATE OF GEORGIA, because they need to put a BLACK person into the position? She was told that, and apparently it is LEGAL for her to have been told that she cannot advance because of the color of her skin. Of course, only because her skin is WHITE.

  • candace

    I am a white person who has been treated with unbelievable discrimination since I moved to Atlanta. Employers are not afraid at all to let me know that they do not want to hire me because I am white. Do affirmative action laws not apply to me, because of the color of my skin? Why does a company in Hapeville have over 200 employees, and only 2 of them white, when Hapeville is in Fulton County, which is 51% white and 49% black? Two of the companies I have worked for in Atlanta have closed down: each with hundreds of employees. That is what happens when you only choose the best from HALF of the population, no matter what color they are. Is Sonny Perdue aware of this problem? It seems to be common knowledge to the Atlanta natives I know.

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