Albany Herald | Politics of race alive and well in Southwest Georgia

10
May

Albany Herald | Politics of race alive and well in Southwest Georgia

Like clockwork, the comments started, no more than a few minutes after businesswoman B.J. Fletcher announced plans to run against incumbent Christopher Pike for a seat on the Albany City Commission.

Amid the shout-outs of support, some among the local bloggerati started weighing Fletcher’s chances in the Nov. 5 municipal election. Essentially, here was the gist of their conversation: What’s the black-white population split in Ward III?

Now, I’m neither so naive nor so stupid that I don’t realize how big an issue race is when it comes to Albany elections. (Or Albany business or Albany government or Albany entertainment or Albany culture or Albany education or Albany just walking around.)

But to take one particular political race and immediately diminish it to the number of black voters vs. the number of white voters is both ill-conceived and demeaning. Those who do so are guilty of belittling voters of all races who carefully weigh the qualifications of the candidates before deciding which to support.

via Albany Herald | Politics of race alive and well in Southwest Georgia.

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