On Second Thought for Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Just over a year ago, the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested a 25-year-old woman in Augusta, Georgia for allegedly leaking top secret information from the National Security Agency to the press. Last month, Reality Winner pled guilty to violating the Espionage Act. Winner was sentenced to 63 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Her prosecution is the first in the trump administration’s crackdown on whistleblowers.

 


To learn more about the case, we spoke with Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Jeremy Redmon. Redmon has covered Winner’s case since she was arrested in June 2017. We also spoke with Richard Griffiths, who vetted tips from whistleblowers for 25 years at CNN. Griffiths is president of the Georgia First Amendment Foundation.

 

In May, a study published in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics found that African American children under the age of 12 are taking their lives at roughly twice the rate of their white counterparts.

It also found that children who had a mental health problem at the time of death were more likely to have been misdiagnosed with attention-deficit disorder.The late author Bebe Moore Campbell worked with the US House of Representatives 10 years ago to establish July as Minority Mental Health Awareness month.  One woman who is very familiar with the struggle of mental illness and the stigma around it is music industry veteran Shanti Das.  She’s an Atlanta native who works as an advocate with her group, the Hip-Hop Professional Foundation. We spoke with GPB's Leah Fleming about the stigma's with minorities who have mental health. We also heard her interview with  Das to learn more about her personal struggles and discuss her 'Silence The Shame' initiative.

We also looked at the history of white flight and how this is affecting the mortages and rent prices in Atlanta. After the Civil Rights Act of 1964, many white residents resented that African-Americans were allowed to integrate and they flocked to the suburbs. This marked the beginning of “white flight” in Atlanta communities. Now, in the last decade the “white flight” mentality has completely shifted.

Even though Atlanta is the 2nd largest majority black city in the nation, the growth proportion of whites has been growing exponentially.

Due to the growing city, many young adults are finding it difficult to move into the city limits due to the increase of rent.

We spoke with two experts about the projection of these trends in the housing market of Atlanta. Jarod Apperson is an economist who will be teaching econometrics at Spelman College in the fall. We were also joined by Kimery Rosenfeld, an Atlanta real-estate agent.