Weren’t we told that by electing Barack Obama our country could finally undergo “racial healing?” Isn’t the “importance of electing the first African-American president” the reason that a lot of people gave for voting for Mr. Obama? Personally, I never bought that and I still don’t. I make my voting decisions based on voting records, political ideology, and whether the candidate typically displays good or bad judgment…you know, the things that actually matter, NOT race. Race is, or should be, irrelevant…shouldn’t it? At least that would make for a truly “colorblind” society, which, ironically, the racially obsessed Left says they want. Anyway, here’s an interesting story out of Alligator, Mississippi:
In a shock result in Alligator (population 220), Tommie “Tomaso” Brown, 38, defeated Robert Fava, the mayor since 1979, owner of the general store and once his opponent’s boss, by 37 votes to 27.
“They wanted a black mayor,” said a philosophical Mr Fava, 71. “Another Obama – I think that’s what brought it on. I ran on ’30 years of dedicated service’ and he ran on ‘Change.'”
Mr Brown was the first black man ever to stand for Mayor of Alligator and it took Mr Obama’s election to galvanise him into action. “Obama was a major influence on everybody,” he said, almost drowned out by the chirping of crickets in the sweltering afternoon heat. “He inspired me. I’m not going to take that from him.
“After 30 years, I didn’t think an African-American would be able to be mayor. I didn’t think the position was open to me. When he won, I decided that I knew the changes that needed to be made here and I thought that I could make those changes.”
I am sincerely happy that Mr. Brown was able to draw inspiration from Barack Obama. As far as the racial healing goes, though, I just don’t see it…
“Some youngsters ran into Mr Fava’s store to taunt him. ‘They was pulling down their pants, shouting, ’Kiss my black ass, because we got a black mayor’, swinging their things around and throwing stuff,” said Jennifer Green, 31, a black mother of 10.
As an aside, I think we can safely assume the new mayor is a Democrat. The CHANGE he ran on? Says former mayor and opponent Robert Fava, “He promised a swimming pool and a recreation centre.” Says newly elected Tommie Brown, “I just want the people to be comfortable. Small towns like this depend on government funding and that’s what we’re seeking.”