Exploiting Atlanta's Grief

Residents now fear even for their town's good name

Atlanta has not been so besieged since the Civil War. Within the city, unknown killers have murdered 20 black youths in the past 20 months. Children are afraid to play outdoors; adults are afraid to let them. Anguished by the murders, Atlantans are also anxious about the barrage of publicity that is ruining its reputation as "the city too busy to hate." Journalists, con men and publicity seekers are all exploiting Atlanta's grief.

A newly formed Black Leadership Coalition, which was brought together to combat community fragmentation and includes Georgia State Assemblyman Tyrone Brooks...

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