Is this situation really all right? The facts lead one to conclude that Willingham is, essentially, correct. District 3 was drawn, as were several other House and Senate districts, to maximize the chance of an African-American being elected to the legislature. Indeed, minority-oriented districts are widely interpreted to be required under the federal Voting Rights Act. It would be odd to agree that the VRA mandates districts drawn for black candidates and then to excoriate black candidates when they say so explicitly as part of their campaign strategy.(Read more @ Carolina Journal Online)
Note: John Hood confirmed what Shelly and I both are saying. I have been saying this since the district was drawn and re-drawn but Hood put his twist on it again trying to take away from the truth because he does not agree with it. Well it is what it is and until the district is re-districted then the facts remain the same.
But you see my question for Hood then and now is when he says, “But there is also a strong political case to be made that race-based districts and appeals to racial solidarity have no place in a society still struggling to remove the vestiges of racism that poisoned it and its politics for generations. Would we settle for a white politician campaigning so brazenly on race? Of course not. I’m just wondering when the double-standard is going to disappear.”
So who are trying to remove the vestiges? Definitely not Clark Jenkins and others who think like him because he could have easily used his monies and influence to help a black person get elected. He was a member of the Department of Transportation at the time and resigned to seek to become a Senator. Some black folks met with him and asked him why he was running and since he was, would he use his influence to help a black person get appointed to replace him on the DOT board? Who got the appointment? A white male by the name of Tom Betts. We all know that he eventually had to step down.
Again I ain’t mad with Jenkins because black folks voted him in. I am just making sure the facts show that it is what it is and you can call me a racist or whatever but one damn thing about it I am not ignant to the facts as they are. I damn sure ain’t one of the Safe Negroes who are afraid to speak truth to power. You see it is “the all” who are keeping us right where we are not the white man.
The b.s. about a double-standard just tickles the hell out of me.