As an African-American member of the Augusta community, I was dismayed to see other African-Americans block a project by the Augusta Housing Authority to build a mixed-income community.
We fought for years to have the right to live where we wanted and could afford to live. Not so long ago, the same reasons they cited - crime, property values lowering and a general bad element - were used against us. It was called housing discrimination.
Officials need to think about what they are doing. It may just come back and bite them in the end when they decide to move somewhere trying to better their situation.
Dee Stokes, Augusta