Wednesday evening, the Atlanta Branch of the NAACP issued a statement that included a “rare repudiation” of Kasim Reed’s campaign of making false statements concerning affordable housing, not fully supporting Historically Black Colleges in their quest for fair land deals and failing to remove Confederate monuments.

Thursday, Kasim Reed and NAACP Atlanta President, Richard Rose, spoke to The Atlanta Voice. Reed responded to the allegations levied by Rose. Later in the day, Rose defended the letter and also responded to Reed.

On the left, 59th Mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed. On the right, Richard Rose, President of the Atlanta branch of the NAACP. (Photo courtesies: Kasim Reed and Megan Ross / News21)

Itoro Umontuen currently serves as Managing Editor of The Atlanta Voice. Upon his arrival to the historic publication, he served as their Director of Photography. As a mixed-media journalist, Umontuen...