They say politics makes strange bedfellows. White cops shooting black teenagers makes for the downright oddest of odd couples. Since the August 9th shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, we have seen rioting that makes any conflict in Los Angeles look like they are throwing Shirley Temples not Molotov cocktails. We have seen the inevitable arrival of race pimps Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, et al, just sliding through town long enough for drive by refueling of racial tensions. We have seen protesters take over what might possibly be the whitest place in town, the St. Louis Symphony. What’s next? Protests at the Quick Trip in maybe the most Caucasian municipality in St. Louis County, Ladue? Even better, blacks endorsing a Republican.
The Fannie Lou Hamer Democratic Coalition is a group of African-American leaders made up of clergy and elected officials, who say they are tired of the status quo, and are angry about “years of disrespect” by Democrat Party leadership. Recently, the Fannie Lou Hamer Coalition endorsed Republican Rick Stream for St. Louis County Executive in a race that is a statistical dead heat. While this may sound as though a group of black Democrats have suddenly become enlightened and feel compelled to carry the message of conservatism to the inner city, wait just a minute. There is a method to this madness.
As was stated in the beginning, let’s start, as all things seem to nowadays, with the shooting of Michael Brown. Many black leaders are still demanding that St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCullough be dismissed from the case. The reason, McCullough’s father, a St. Louis city cop in the 60’s, was gunned down by a black suspect. Therefore, this makes McCullough automatically biased in this case, and cannot be trusted to carry out justice. It does sound a bit automatically biased, just not the way McCullough’s detractors think. The last time McCullough was up for re-election, he was strongly supported by Steve Stenger, Democrat candidate for County Executive. Stenger’s unpardonable sin seems to be, to have the nerve to run against current County Executive Charlie Dooley, an African-American, and win, not to mention, be a friend and supporter of McCullough. One of the members of the Fannie Lou Hamer Coalition, County Council Chairwoman Hazel Erby says that Stenger’s campaign was just a “disgraceful and organized effort by certain Democratic organizations to taint the reputation of the first black County Executive.” One could argue however, Dooley managed to do that on his own.
So the Fannie Lou Hamer Coalition has endorsed Rick Stream for County Executive. Could the million dollar question be, who thinks this is really going to happen? Hazel Erby says that Coalition members have been “too long dismissed and taken for granted”. Maybe there are 2 million dollar questions. The second being, are they just now figuring this out?
Of course Rick Stream is humble about the whole thing, thanking the group for their endorsement. But news flash for the Fannie Lou Hamer Coalition; the Democrat Party has been taking you and your vote for granted for 50 years! Since the war on poverty began in the 1960’s, virtually nothing has changed in the black community as far as job growth, education, and out-of-wedlock births. It has all gotten worse. Liberal Democrats even had blacks convinced that the first black president would completely eradicate things like poverty and racism, he would even pay for your gas and your mortgage. Well not exactly. Fewer blacks are homeowners, than when Barack Obama took office, and no one but you is paying to fill up your gas tank. Democrats learned early on that if they kept on making those promises to blacks every four years or so, they could keep them coming back to the voting booth. And they have been successful year after year. In recent years, more black conservatives have tried to reach out in their communities to make people see what has been happening to them. What have they gotten for their troubles? Being called names like Sell-Out, Uncle Tom, and worse. Fifty years of Democratic brainwashing is hard to simply discount so easily. Don’t be fooled.