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Mayor Reed hits NAACP head

By Robert "Rob" Redding Jr.

Editor & Publisher

ATLANTA, June 25, 2012, 9 a.m. - Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed today assailed local NAACP head John Evans for disparaging a transportation revenue plan.

Reed said that Evans, who is president of the DeKalb-based group, "must not be a very good reader."

Evans was on WVEE-FM disparaging Reed's transportation bill moments before the mayor came on the radio station's morning show. Evans said that Reed was one of four blacks out of nearly two dozen at the table supporting the plan.

Reed also accused him of talking "that trash."

"How many people has he ever employed?" Reed asked. "How many businesses has he brought to the city of Atlanta?…

“He talks that talk because he doesn’t have any responsibility. He doesn’t have a job to do. He doesn’t have to deliver for people every single day. He doesn’t have to look into the eyes of mothers who are trying to get jobs for their kids. He doesn’t have to look at them. He runs around, all day, God knows what he does, talking this talk."

He challenged Evans him to "please come on V[103] with me."

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Reed has been trying to get the black community to support a Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax Referendum. Both were on the radio station, which is the best way to reach blacks in the city.


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