Blacks Vote for Race Over the Ability to Lead

“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.


  1. Rogue109 says:

    Blacks vote for race over the ability to lead.

    This reminds me of when I was in east DeKalb County in 2004 and there were signs up everywhere which read: “Vote the Black slate.”

  2. SpaceyG says:

    In addition to explaining the obvious, thanks for those pearls ‘o wisdom Andre2008, this will explain away Snuggles’ victory on August 5th too I suppose.

  3. Rogue109 says:

    In addition to explaining the obvious, thanks for those pearls ‘o wisdom Andre2008, this will explain away Snuggles’ victory on August 5th too I suppose.

    Jealous that Andre can post something about Georgia and you still can’t?

  4. LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

    Blacks vote for race over the ability to lead.

    uh…Human Nature?

    But I agree with ‘Dig Doug’, at least you brought it out.

  5. Game Fan says:

    Some people are sick and tired of this whole “politicians-as-leaders” concept. The way it was set up, we’re the constituents and they’re working for us. This is why some folks are called “sheeple”.

  6. Truthteller says:

    Eldrin was criticizing the fact that Victor Hill is a bad apple and an idiot, yet some black voters still support him.

    It was actually a quite courageous thing to say.

    Good for Eldrin Bell. It’s a Bill Cosby moment for him.

  7. Progressive Dem says:

    It was courageous of Eldrin, and Andre. I admire those who are publicly candid about race.

    The sad fact is that most people don’t know or care enough to vote in local elections. Many voters, if not the majority, base their choice on very thin reasoning: skin color, gender, political labels, hometown. Name recognition is the # 1 factor in winning an election.

    But hell, it has always been this way, and somehow democracy survives.

  8. Chris,

    Both Hill and Kem Kimbrough, his opponent in the Aug. 5 runoff, are black. Whoever wins that race faces Jack Rainwater, a white former APD officer, in November.

  9. LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

    No truth to the rumor that the Swedish-American community came out in droves during Macon’s last city council elections.

  10. Demonbeck says:

    yes, but what about the questionable and yet-to-be-explained Chik-Fil-A employee turnout?

  11. Demon,

    The majority of them are sequestered in a subterranean fortress under the airport’s fifth runway. Through nefarious gerrymandering by the unsworn U.S. Vampire Paul Broun, this hellish prison is considered part of Hapeville, and therefore, is not in Clayton County.

  12. Doug Deal says:

    To show how rediculously powerful the TMC is in Macon, they openned a new Chik-fil-a today. It’s only 2 blocks away from 2 others that are across the street from each other. Plus 100 people camped out in front of it for days to get free food when it opened.

    Erick and his incidious Chik-fil-a masters have this city in a death-grip.

  13. At first I was offended by this article, but then I realized that everything in this article is pretty much true.

    Even though this article singles out black people, there are plenty of other articles to single out white people.

    If blacks don’t want to be singled out like this, in a blog article, then maybe they should stop being ignorant when they chose who to vote for.

    Yes, it is true that other races tend to be very ignorant at times also, but two wrongs don’t make a right.

    It is time for blacks to start taking the high road and start leading by example.

    The days of segregation are long gone, and it is time for all races to assimilate into the proper way of doing business.

    Yes, Hispanics and Asians, that includes you too.

    Skin color doesn’t matter anymore.

    The only thing that matters is voting for the person, of any skin color, who is most likely to do the best job when elected.

  14. flutterbye417 says:

    I just have to say that it really should not be a race issue! This is OUR community and we as the people of Clayton County need to vote for what is right! We need to have a real Sheriff in town! Not someone that is a racist not someone who is a bigot, not someone who is damaging OUR community!
    Since Mr. Hill has been the “Sheriff” we have had more crime in my neighborhood than I have ever seen! I have lived in this same house in this same neighborhood for 29 years and this is the worst that it has ever been! We need a change! Something has to happen and it needs to happen now! I can not go anywhere with out being hassled by beggars and I hear gun shots at night. The first time that I heard the gun shots I didn’t know what it was, but now I am used to it! That is so WRONG! Why do we have a Sheriff that doesn’t do anything about our crime problems? Instead he just wastes our money and builds himself a mini mafia.

  15. bluemcduff says:

    Glad Eldrin Bell said it because it’s absolutely true and I wholeheartedly agree with the other posters that voting shouldn’t be only about race.

    I want the most competent people to win regardless of skin color and as for the local votes today in Clayton County I feel that those who deserved to win, did.

    Except for maybe the school board–it’s like picking between rotten apples and rotten oranges.

    Here’s hoping they lose the certification in September so real change can happen and we get charter schools with teachers that care about the students learning the material.

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