I know many of you are tired of me talking about this. Sorry. But it’s local politics in my city.
I spoke to a friend yesterday who made some sense and thinks Robert Reichert will win, probably without a runoff.
I personally think such thinking is delusional, but given the perceived dynamic that black voters will vote for the black candidate and the white voter will vote for the white candidate, I treat this more credibly because my friend is black and involved heavily in the community.
He says the perception that black voters will only vote for the black candidate is as wrong as saying the white voters will only vote for the white candidate. After all, he points out, only white people will be voting in the Republican primary and Arlan Gibson, the black candidate in that race, is going to stomp the white candidate in the race.
In the Democratic primary, more black voters will vote than white voters. He says that who a black voter votes for has much more to do with who has helped his community than who is from his community. The example he gives is Robert Reichert versus Anita Ponder, though he says it is applicable to the other candidates as well. In Reichert’s case, apparently Reichert has helped the black community for a long time — willing to not just pick up the phone to help, but give money, time, etc. He says he compares this with Anita who, though from the community, has spent most of her time building the Tubman African American Museum and not a whole lot else, other than a once a year feed the hungry event.
The point he was making relates to Christ’s admonition to be private in your charity. Reichert, he says, of most of the candidates, has done a lot for the black community without bragging. A lot of the other candidates have done less, but bragged more. He says, based on that and everyone knowing that, that Reichert can expect sizable support from the black community