September 9, 2006

IS GOING FROM STEP-N-FETCHIT TO DOG-N-PONY REALLY PROGRESS?:

Neglected by Democrats, blacks jump the party line (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Sep. 10 2006)

Committeewoman Norma Leggette (4th Ward) isn't sure what the Democratic Party stands for anymore. She wonders how she's supposed to excite constituents in her ward about November's elections.

Leggette said there are two Democratic parties in St. Louis - one that benefits whites and another that ignores blacks. "At one time, Democrats were a solutionfor us. I don't know when that changed or why that changed, but it has," Leggette told me.

Her comments underscore a familiar complaint from blacks who claim the Democratic Party takes them for granted.

Leggette voiced her concerns Tuesday during a rah-rah session with several local elected Democrats, hosted by U.S. Senate candidate Claire McCaskill. After reading the exchange posted on a local Weblog, Pub Def Weekly, I called Leggette to confirm her comments.

The quotes were correct, the 40-year veteran of local politics told me. She has no intention of voting for McCaskill's Republican rival, U.S. Sen. Jim Talent, but, like me, she's grown bored with the dog and pony show put on when major elections roll around. Democrats show up, throw out the "evil Republican" mantra, ask for black votes, then disappear without ever addressing our socioeconomic concerns or needs.


If you aren't willing to change your vote they're wise to take you for granted.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 9, 2006 4:08 PM
Comments

And if you give away your vote for nothing, it says something about who you are.

Posted by: ratbert at September 9, 2006 9:40 PM
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