Atlanta’s Diversity Complicates Census Count

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By Khalil Abdullah CLARKSTON, GA ( — Inside the Clarkston Community Center, a 20-minute drive from downtown Atlanta, Mayor Ted Terry talked about canvassing for votes in that neighborhood five years ago.  A woman from Bhutan, South Asia, he told his audience, had invited him into her apartment for a cup of sweet tea and cookies, apparently to practice the little English she knew. It was small talk. Her mother, draped in a sari, joined them. She spoke no English, but nodded politely. Some pundits deemed Terry’s European ancestry a handicap in his eventual mayoral victory.  Hi...