“If Victor Hill was [white], we would have already run him out of town, hung him in effigy, and we would’ve cussed his grandma out even if she were already dead. We would have not tolerated it. I’m worried about the fact that we vote for race over the ability to lead.”
Clayton County Commission Chairman Eldrin Bell as quoted in the Creative Loafing article “Clayton County’s tribulations”
The “We” Eldrin Bell is referencing is black voters.
There’s no other way to sugarcoat it, so I’m going to just come out and say it.
A significant number of black voters cast their ballots based on putting more blacks in office rather than electing someone who can do the job and do it right. And, to make matters worse, it is like pulling teeth to get a corrupt or ineffective black elected official out of office.
In south Fulton, despite being the target of ethics investigations, state Rep. Sharon Beasley-Teague won her re-election bid. In Clayton County, Sheriff Victor “Walking Small” Hill almost won re-election without a run-off despite costing the taxpayers of his county millions of dollars.
Do you know why this is so?
It’s because when campaign season rolls around, these black incumbents start labeling their black opponents as “Uncle Toms” or “Aunt Janes” sent down by whitey to take power from black folks. When campaign season rolls around, these black incumbents stroll into town hall meetings and imply that whitey is trying to get back in charge; and if whitey gets back in charge on Tuesday, they’ll have all the darkies back in the fields picking cotton the following Wednesday.
Case in point, Clayton County District Attorney Jewel Scott called her run-off opponent, Tracy Graham-Lawson a “hanging judge.” Scott is black and Graham-Lawson is white. In May, Dougherty County Commissioner Art Searles accused candidate for sheriff Benita Childs of running to split the black vote in order to keep another candidate, James Williams, from winning the election. Searles, Childs, and Williams are all black [Source: WALB-TV, “Sheriff candidate fires back at newspaper publisher”, May 14, 2008].
Blacks vote for race over the ability to lead.
Yeah, I can agree with that, and unfortunately black voters lose a little respect each time a black elected official –who obviously needs to be sent home– gets re-elected by an electorate that is majority black.