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  • #11
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    "one of the arguments gaining traction is that the poor condition of the black residents of Ferguson stems from their lack of political representation."

    Can you really make that argument? I'm a black man, and all of my life up until 2009 I had a white president. America did fine for the most part, there was some problems....but never widespread rioting and looting. And even now that my President is a black man.... still no widespread rioting or looting. Color is irrelevant when voting, it's about qualifications. I doubt all the people of Ferguson are racists who refuse to vote for black candidates. It could be a possibility that voters just didn't agree with a black candidates platform, or their ideas, or felt they were unqualified....it's not a foreign concept....and yes....it happens to white folks too.

    I've never had a congress where black folks made up 14% of the members.... I still felt represented. The problem isn't a lack of diversity in Ferguson government, the problem is a lack of competence.... White government is just as good as Black government. But nothing is better than SMART government.
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    You're trying to hold a city government accountable for a populas who opted to believe lies rather than truth and rule of law.

    Not sure how you do that, rationally.
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    @daclark1911 Damn great statement. I doubt they really understand the justice system. And evidently the governor doesn't either.
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    @MadAmerican

    You're right, protesters don't know how the system works.
    It's as if they view police as plantation straw bosses.
    It's obviously never occurred to them they're the masters of the plantation and that's saying something when we have a 2nd term black president !!
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    @daclark1911 You know.... every analogy you make with black people doesn't have to reference a plantation.... I thought all of us were past that.
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    @Curmudgeon More stand up Blacks like ironicguy would be a blessing. We can't assume there are no good Blacks. The people that think that are living in a very bad neighborhood because they are losers too. My Black neighbors are appalled at shootings and looting the same as my family. Maybe the next generation will bring peace.
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    But if your black and you vote because your candidate is black and know nothing about what they stand for then it's a wasted vote.
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    But if you're black and you vote because the candidate best represents your interest regardless of candidates color it is not a wasted vote.
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    Maybe it counteracts those who would vote against a candidate simply because he's Black!
    We all vote for the person who most closely mirrors us, our views and opinions. Maybe African-Americans vote for the candidate who talks to them rather than down to them.
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    @WMCOL True, and on a local level maybe that will happen. It sure doesn't happen on a national level these days.
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    @sociald
    But if the majority elect candidates of their choice the people have spoken, and that is how it should be. They always get the government they deserve.
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  • #36
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    That's the same take I got out of it. Why contribute to a gov fund when you can do the same independently devoid of the assured regulations and stipulations.
    Do people really need a non profit to steer them into another direction of government dependentcy?
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    Voting can only change things....if one of the parties....is advocating change....so, far no mainstream party like that exist....
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    I currently support a movement that advocates change however, it is difficult to break into the political system if you are not one of the 2 primary parties. We have tried to effect change within the Republican party and have been blocked every step of the way.
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    @Curmudgeon
    Democrats and republicans are about the same thing to me.... both are paid for and work for the corporate interest ....at the expense of the average citizen...if we ever want real change in this country it will have to come from a third party...otherwise the corporations will be indistinguishable from the government....
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    The interview with the single black city council member had her claiming that black people in Ferguson were 'disenfranchised' because they didn't have the time or the interest in voting. Apparently white people who work, have families and responsibilities and such can find the time to vote, but black people can't overcome the same barriers. Why is that? A black vote and a white vote count just the same and can't be told apart in the ballot box. Saying that your vote won't count is certainly true if you don't cast it, or bother to register. If you register though, you might get called for jury duty and be forced to be part of you community. Is anyone avoiding that responsibility?
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    Ferguson is almost 65% black with little if any political representation. I saw on tv that there was 6% black voter turn out in their last major election.

    The blacks are totally UNPLUGGED from their own city from a political standpoint, literally and figuratively.

    And the city leaders are also unplugged from them as well.

    BOTH sides need to wake up. The blacks in that city need to realize that they don't need to REVOLT and "storm the castle doors" in order to get political change. The founding fathers did that with the brits. And the ONLY reason they revolted was because there was no democratic process that existed to address the populations political concerns.

    But from that revolt, we now have a constitution and a democratic, republican form of government. Message to the black people in ferguson:"Use the democratic, republican form of government we have in order to effect POLITICAL change within your city".
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    @cnw95 Just so. The only reason that they are powerless and don't count is because they allow themselves to be that way.
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    @Tacitus01
    I see someone voted my comment down.

    Wonder what part they disagreed with???? The, "65% black part"??? Or the, "The blacks are totally UNPLUGGED from their own city from a political standpoint" part. Or the "Use the democratic, republican form of government we have in order to effect POLITICAL change within your city" part???

    And you are correct...The only reason that they are powerless and don't count is because they allow themselves to be that way. Sad but true.
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    @cnw95 If you participate in the system, you risk losing your 'victim of racism' club card. That seems to be important to a lot of people.
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    When I was poor, I noticed what I termed as "the beer and cigarettes crowd". For these people immediate gratification was the most important thing in their lives. Many of them still live in my old neighborhood and are in the same situations they were when I moved out some thirty odd years ago. That's their choice. What I discovered is the world is a lot bigger and nicer place.
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    Are you saying that they aren't allowed to vote in Ferguson? What, are they requiring ID there or something? They can vote there, but they obviously don't care to or vote for the ones in office now. You can't go screaming after the fact.
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    Detroit had Black or Liberal Mayors tracing back to 1962 when they took over.

    As a side note, in 1962 Detroit had the highest living wage in the world, and so many Blacks moved there and thought they could do better.

    A Detroit Mayor or two are still in Prison.
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    Giving People Hope ? I thought that "The Obama" was doing that.
    The folks voted for his style Hope and Change...and all they achieved was Nothing!!!
    except weakness and shame for the place called America.
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    @Curmudgeon Huh? That doesn't make sense. Are you attempting to be snarky? Congress has made efforts to not pass bills. It's a big deal the past 6 years, were you not aware of that from conservative media?
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    To vote without understanding what it is you are voting for or how the ideals of the candidate will be achieved is not the answer either. We can not expect political leaders to fulfill their promises if we are not willing to help. The whole truth about every situation is key if we are to grow this society we ALL live in. Anything less will continue to destroy it.
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    It was. My grandparents lived there when the house was built right after WW2 until Mom sold it in the mid 1980's after Gram died. I could walk to Griffith School on Chambers & Day or ride my bike. I'm talking K-3rd grade when I lived there. I lived 3 blocks from W Florissant & Chambers. Mom and us kids would walk to the barber shop on the corner to get my brothers hair cut. Not any more. It's a shame.
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  • #74
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    However the title is misleading. It suggests the article is about electioneering solving problems. The last 100 years of political mob rule mixed with meddling in our personal lives have shown otherwise: politics is overrated. The writer is correct about private initiative and personal values needing changes too, first really.
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    When you do vote though, be careful who you vote for. Having the same skin color doesn't mean you have the same aspirations for your community. Memphis proper is represented almost exclusively by blacks and corruption has run amuck! That's not what we want. We want are leaders aspirations to better our city, which was my city also at the time. I was so disappointed by their actions! They were looking out for number one, not the betterment of our community! Something like HOPE would be great in Memphis and great in Ferguson. Living where MLK was assassinated was a shame to us, even those of us that weren't born yet. My parents could march with blacks during the Civil Rights movement. Whites cannot safely march with the blacks in Ferguson! They want to because of what they believe is right, but it is not safe for them to do so! The criminal element overtaking this in Ferguson is out of control! My cousin living in St. Louis is white and told me she would love to protest with them, but it's not safe for her to do so. She already lives in a predinately black neighborhood. Her own family is integrated. On her parent's side, my maternal aunt there is white, Hispanic, black, Jewish and now Asian! My white cousins and then their children did this. Before I was the only one because my parents adopted me. There does have to be a vested interest in where they live in Ferguson, that does not mean owning your own home; but pride in where you live. An organization like HOPE is greatly needed there! Tearing up businesses that their own neighbors do own is about as counterproductive as you can be. Trashing, looting and burning your own street shows no interest in a solution! Why don't young black men become police officers? Nothing is stopping them! In fact Affimative Action insures they will be hired! Why are blacks not running for City Counsil in that district? If they would show up to vote that person would win! Just make sure that person has what's best for the community at heart! Why don't they run for mayor? Governor? They are not powerless and need to realize this! Don't just aim to get out of the neighborhood. Seek to better it! Take down slum lords! Build a nice park! Ferguson is a suburb of St. Louis, not inner city! They have much more they can do! The rioting is counterproductive! And for God's sake don't listen to Al Sharpton! He has caused more riots than he has ever come up with solutions! Can you think of one solution he has ever come up with? I can't!
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    In every community, white or black, you have poor people. Are they treated like wealthy blacks or whites no. This is a fact everywhere. If they want more Black officers in Ferguson, they should go to school for it and become an officer. Not all officers are the same, some are bad, some are good, the same with people. No matter what color, you have good and bad in every race. I think the worst part is, all the drugs that people are using, causes them to act like someone else. I know a police officer that treats all with respect, but some do not. If these young people want to make a difference, they should school for law enforcement or whatever else they would like to do in their community. I am a poor person, but no one is better then me anywhere. God made us all equal , no matter how rich or poor we are!!
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    He's saying that the disenfranchised need jobs, need to be able to start their own businesses. That's good, but what I don't see is any evidence that this is actually a problem in Ferguson. Is it? If the whites there aren't keeping them from jobs or starting their own businesses, then what difference would more votes make? None. Maybe there is a problem there, I don't know. All's I ever see is people blaming that officer - an individual not community issue - for murder simply because he's white. The poor and middle class in this country are getting poorer, so the economics affect a lot of people, actually, not just blacks.
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    I don't think anybody is going to be stupid enough to start a business in that community again........food desert......
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    @bsking I wouldn't, If they all had scense, all officers and stores would move out and leave them to police themselves. I would not want to work in a community that did not respect me because of my color!!
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    @sherrigibson59 I would not want to stick my future in a business in a community where people will loot burn and steal from you because some race baiter told them its okay
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    Start their own businesses? If you think the murder rate is high, look at robbery and rape. I don't think it is anyplace to open a business or have a woman w/o a chastity belt.
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    If the Democrats are for the "working Man" and "Under privileged" - then why does it happen so often places like Ferguson are run by Good Old Boy White Democrats ?
    The White House has nothing in common with the homes of people of color ! If you don't vote - your still a slave.
  • #195
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    We can't make the mistake of buying in to the view of so-called conservatives that "free" enterprise is more important that true FREEDOM!
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