Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Ferguson Elections Result In Major Changes
The town that ripped the scab off the festering wound of police brutality aimed at the African-American community and laid to rest the lie that this is a post racial nation, had an all white city council and white mayor in a town that is predominately Black primarily because of low election participation rates.
After months of voter registration drives that sought as a goal to change that depressing paradigm, the test of those efforts came yesterday. A record turnout from 10% to 30% resulted in a tripling of the African-American representation on the six member city council.
Mayor James Ferguson was fortunately for him, not up for re-election
Councilman Dwayne James is one of only two African-Americans ever elected to the Ferguson City Council, and wasn't up for re-election. After last night's election, he will be joined on council by Ella Jones and Wesley Bell. Bell defeated another African-American, Lee Smith to earn his seat
It points out what I have been saying for years. Not only do elections matter, but as the people who are trying mightily to suppress your voting power know, turnout matters as well.
And it matters who the people are sitting at the table with the power to write legislation and making the policies that affect the entire community.
The peeps in Ferguson now have a city council that tripled its representation because they took their souls to the polls.
To borrow an old saying from the 'hood, you have to be in it to win it. That saying is especially applicable to elections and voting as well. It's also one that needs to repeated in African-American communities across the country in each and EVERY election cycle.