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Will Black Ferguson Voters Show Up To Make Historic Change?

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April V. Taylor

After months of upheaval and outrage and for the first time since Michael Browns death, Black residents in Ferguson, Missouri have the opportunity to make historic changes to their city government on April 7th.  Three seats on the six-member city council are up for election, but the big question no one is sure of is, will Black people turn out to vote.

In a modern day system of apartheid, Ferguson’s more than 60 percent Black population has been governed by a city government that is dominated by White people.  Four of the eight candidates running in the upcoming election are Black, making this election “the most diverse campaign…in Ferguson’s 120-year history,” according to the Huffington Post.

Months of voter registration drives have added a total of 526 names to Ferguson’s voting rolls, a 4.6 percent increase. Historically, less than one-tenth of eligible voters vote in local races, a fare cry from the 75 percent turnout during presidential elections.

Candidate Adrienne Hawkins, who is running for Ward 1, echoes the concern many have about Black voter turnout, telling the Huffington Post, “One of my fears is that the people in the community won’t come out and vote. I think we need to have an African-American representative. The city council needs to be more reflective of the demographics of the community.”

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Lee Smith, running the Ward 3, says he wishes young people would have stepped up to run for city council. Many young people say that they are disillusioned with government, and some feel that simply electing a Black representative does not guarantee improvement.

The eyes of of the nation will be on Ferguson April 7th, as many hold their breath wondering if demonstrators will exercise their right to vote with the hope that participating in the election process can effect real change in their community. As of now, no one can be sure what percentage of Ferguson’s residents will show up to vote; the only guarantee is that either way, these elections will be historic.

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  1. childofthesixties

    March 21, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    If they are too lazy to vote, they deserve what they get and should not be complaining. I always vote! Change will only come when and if you have the desire to make it happen, so get out and vote, take your friends along, give those rides that otherwise would have to take a cab or bus this is an important time for your town, as a Black you are the majority!

  2. Dave

    March 21, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Seriously, how many of us believe that we will take the time to vote ?

    Voting for change could’ve happened years before Michael Brown’s and it did not. Secondly, how many are legislatively involved to codify the change?

  3. Joe Neckbone

    March 22, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Although I agree that voting is important, let’s not be so foolish as to think racism hasn’t been in play here when it comes to nullifying votes, discouraging votes, planning voting when people have to work, etc. ALL OF WHICH HAPPENED IN FERGUSON. Now if I could take the time to research that, you could have to.

  4. Carolyn Marshall

    March 22, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Please, Afrrican Americans in Ferguson, VOTE!

  5. J. D. Hill

    March 22, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Whether or not Blacks turn out to vote in Ferguson on April 7 depends a lot on their leadership. If the blind are leading the blind or if white wolves in black sheep’s clothing are directing traffic, the masses of blacks in Ferguson will continue to be disenfranchised and exploited.

    Black America will be angry with Ferguson if they seek only to complain and not do something for themselves. And white Americans will continue top say that black folk are the dumbest people in America.

  6. godfather05

    March 24, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    If they don’t vote I do not want to hear another word about them being mistreated by the police.

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