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Is Electing More Black Politicians the Answer to the Community’s Woes? One Leading Voice Says ‘No’

ABS_Black voteBruce A. Dixon, managing editor at Black Agenda Report, said that voting more Black faces into official positions isn’t the solution to problems facing African-Americans.

His comments, made to Press TV, were in response to the Congressional Black Caucus’ stance after the grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., decision was announced Monday night.

“The Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown is a miscarriage of justice,” CBC Chair Marcia Fudge (D- Ohio) said in a statement. “It is a slap in the face to Americans nationwide who continue to hope and believe that justice will prevail.”

Dixon pointed out that the Congressional Black Caucus is the same group that “originally approved the militarization of police throughout the United States,” he told Press TV.

He disagrees with the idea that electing Black officials is a real solution because the same issues are having an affect on cities with Black leaders, too.

“The same sort of things that are happening in Ferguson are happening in cities and towns across the United States, where the police forces have been led by Black faces, and cities are led by Black mayors – places like Philadelphia, Atlanta, and New Orleans,” Dixon said.

Dixon says that it is a systemic failure that is affecting African-Americans in the United States. Electing “more black faces to high places… does not change the system fundamentally at all,” he said.

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3 thoughts on “Is Electing More Black Politicians the Answer to the Community’s Woes? One Leading Voice Says ‘No’

  1. Arcy Sone says:

    Who are you really voting for in what system? join us black facebook www, and spread the word out we are organizing for the revolution of the mind. www, Peace

  2. Keith Danzy says:

    Voting for, supporting a man or a woman that will reflect what the people – not political party or high financed corporations, is what is needed. We have to beat them at their own game.

  3. Christopher Johnson says:

    I agree that voting more Black people into the political system is not the only way to address this issue. The more immediate thing to do is put more black faces on the police force. If you live in a city that is 80% Black and blacl representation on the Police force is less than 5% then you have a problem. Fix the black representation on the forces that police our communities and watch how it changes.

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