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Monday, August 25, 2014 - 12:04pm

Macon And Eggs: Talking About Ferguson In Macon

Updated: 3 months ago.
Leah Flemming speaks to Charles Richardson, editorial page editor at the Telegraph of Macon. (Photo Credit: Grant Blankenship, GPB News)

It's time for some Macon & Eggs. Today we kick off a new series examining issues, ideas and politics in Middle Georgia.

As Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old black teenager shot by police, is laid to rest Monday, protests continue in Ferguson, Missouri and around the country. Here in Middle Georgia, people have been thinking about the relationship between the police and people of color, particularly black men.

Charles Richardson is editorial page editor at the Telegraph of Macon. He says Macon is not Ferguson. "One of the reasons Macon is not Ferguson is that you have an elected body of people that could step in, you have command staff at the Sheriff's department who are African Americans as well as elected officials. Ferguson does not have that."

Richardson also says, while voting numbers have been low in Macon, just 26 percent turned out for the general primary in July, people still get out to vote. In Ferguson, municipal elections were held this year. Just 12 percent of the population got out to vote.

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