Black voters in St. Louis County direct their anger at the Democratic Party


FERGUSON, Mo. — Darren Seals experienced waves of disbelief and anger after Michael Brown’s death, but two months later, he has found a way to channel his emotions: Focus on changing an elected leadership that seems deaf to the concerns of African American residents like him.

So on Nov. 4, the 27-year-old assembly-line worker and hip-hop musician from a deeply Democratic community plans to take bold action. He says he will vote for a white Republican.

“Just because they’ve got the D next to their name, that don’t mean nothing,” said Seals, who lives a few blocks from where a police officer shot Brown. “The world is watching us right now. It’s time to send a message of our power.”



From the article:

Even worse in the eyes of some African Americans are Stenger’s political ties to Robert P. McCulloch, the Democratic county prosecutor handling the Michael Brown case. McCulloch, whose father was a police officer killed in the line of duty by a black man, earned the ire of local black residents over his handling of a previous police shooting and a perception that he is particularly hard on black suspects.

They have asked for McCulloch to be removed from the Brown case, but he has declined to recuse himself. McCaskill and Nixon, among other officials, have backed McCulloch’s decision to stay on the case.

McCulloch did not respond to requests for comment. In a previous interview with The Washington Post, McCulloch contested the notion that he cannot be fair in the Brown case.

One of they main reasons they are not supporting Stenger is because he won’t remove prosecutor Robert McCulloch from the case.

Robert McCulloch is an extremely fair and capable DA. His only sin? He can’t be unbiased because his father was killed by a black man.

I don’t for a minute McCulloch is biased against blacks. White people killed my father, should I have bias against white people?


It may be the case that he is a completely competent DA. There are also probably a great number of decent white people involved in the whole issue.

That said, this issue is all about perception. Blacks in general see day to day indifference towards them, extra suspicion, and inequity beyond statistical explanation if you control for anything but race. This is what most blacks see as racism when they talk about racism. Most whites define racism as open bigotry, which has thankfully declined by most measures.

We will only solve this problem once those in a position of privilege understand that the argument is not about them personally but about inequitable treatment. This will allow them to see to the root of the problem.


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