AFRICANGLOBE – Some Black voters in Ferguson, Mo. and St. Louis County say they’re changing their elected leaders and will vote for Republicans on Nov. 4 in hopes of effecting change in the community.
“Just because they’ve got the D next to their name, that don’t mean nothing,” Darren Seals, a 27-year-old assembly-line worker and hip-hop musician told The Washington Post. “The world is watching us right now. It’s time to send a message of our power.”
The suburb of St. Louis where 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by a White police officer is a traditionally Democratic community, but Seals says he’ll vote for a White Republican.
And many other African-Americans in the community and in St. Louis County agree that they are voting against the Democratic Party next month.
The main focus is on the St. Louis county executive race, and last month, the community’s African-American leaders held a news conference to endorse the Republican candidate, Missouri Rep. Rick Stream for the job, reports St. Louis CBS affiliate KMOX.
And, the Post reports, Seals and other activists have been going through Ferguson’s neighborhoods, urging the residents to vote for anyone but Democrats in hopes of showing force not only locally, but to Democratic leaders including Gov. Jay Nixon and Sen. Claire McCaskill.
Nearby Berkeley Mayor Ted Hoskins, who endorses Stream, said there are many instances in which the Democratic Party has gone against the Black community, including not supporting incumbent County Executive Charlie Dooley, the first
African-American to win that race. Dooley was defeated in the August primary election to County Councilman Steve Stenger, who is White.
Further, some African-American voters said they are angry over Stenger’s connection with Prosecutor Robert McCulloch, who is handling the Brown case.
A Black man killed McCulloch’s father, a police officer, while in the line of duty and local residents complain he has targeted the Black community and have asked he be removed from the Brown case.
McCulloch also backed Stenger’s political campaign, including appearing in an ad accusing Dooley’s administration of being corrupt.
Stenger has some support among the African-American community, though, including from the Rev. Sammie E. Jones, pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church in St. Louis, who says it would be a mistake for Black voters to pick Republicans.
“We support the Democratic Party because they are of the people,” he said of the area’s African-Americans, predicting that “there are very few of us who are willing to cut off our nose to spite our face.”
But Seals said his frustration reaches as far as the White House, because he believes President Barack Obama has not done much for African-Americans.
“To this day, in seven or eight years, we haven’t seen any significant difference in the Black community,” he said. “In fact, it feels like it’s getting worse.”
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