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Has anyone read Thomas Mullins' two novels about late '40's, early '50's Atlanta? Main theme follows a couple of Atlanta's first young black cops. Other themes include the last days of the Klan, the emerging economic power of Africa Americans. Included here is "block busting." Unscrupulous real estate operators would buy at rock bottom prices the homes of frightened whites as they watched blacks moving into their neighborhoods . So much of today's real estate law was written as a response to this dastardly practice.

A couple of great books. ("Darktown" and "Lightning Men"). I heartily recommend them. I understand a TV series is in the works. Well done, Mr. Mullins.

You youngsters can go out and accomplish things. I am now content simply to observe. I notice that a second black family has moved into a nearby intersection in my posh neighborhood. Their house was listed at about $1 million. I also notice that all of a sudden four white owned homes adjacent are suddenly on the market; mostly, long, long term owners. Is this de je vous all over again? Happenstance? Circumstance?

You figure it out.
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