Thursday, July 19, 2007

Race and voting

At some point in the last few years I was asking Mayor Jack Ellis whether he thought black voters would be willing to vote for some white candidate. Who, I can't recall.

His take: Of course - we've been voting for white candidates all our lives. That really struck me, and I think Reichert's big win Tuesday is just more proof of that history leading to open mindedness.

Erick wrote this over on Peach Pundit:
A friend shared with me a conversation from Tuesday night at the Board of Elections. A wise man and community leader down there said, when about half the precincts were in, that the blacks had shown they could grow up and change. The whites will have to do the same at the next election.

Our own best stab at analysis can be found here. I want to call attention to this quote, in particular, which I think Reichert gave to everyone yesterday:
"I recognize this as an opportunity that has been given to us as a community. But this little opportunity is a fragile thing at this point, and if it is dropped it will be broken, perhaps irrevocably."

3 comments:

Lindsay Holliday said...

"A wise man and community leader down there said, when about half the precincts were in, that the blacks had shown they could grow up and change. The whites will have to do the same at the next election."

Yes. And I spoke with him too. And I agree...

And I (white) am supporting Barack Obama for President. Barack is 50/50, black/white. He embodies the Unity that America needs to heal and move on after 8 years of criminally divisive politics.

His stated policies are conservatively progressive; based on academics and street knowledge.

I would be supporting Obama's candidacy whether he was pure white, purple, blue or green.

truth said...

You people are so selfish and ignorant and racist.The white folk are the ones that crossed over to vote for Reichert to ensure that a black democratic candidate did not win the primary.

The black folks voted for Reichert simply because he was the best man for the job.You ignorant white folks voted for Reichert simply because he was WHITE!!!

You white folks are the ones that need to grow up and get a life.And while you are at it ,take a long look in the mirror.??

truth said...

You people always talk about race.If race was not and issue why do you always bring it up,it is the first thing out of your mouth.

Why did not Mr Fain ask Mr. Reichert do he think the white folks will vote for a black candidate.You white folks are so glib,yet so shallow and ignorant.