"In Ferguson Missouri 54 percent of the Black population, and 55 percent of the White population
, showed up at the poles to vote in 2012’s general election. Contrast that with only a 6 percent Black voter turnout (versus 17 percent White voter turnout) for the local school board, city council and mayoral elections…why the significant difference?
Ferguson, unlike many cities, does not hold it’s municipal elections on the same day in November as the general elections. While not unique, that, by design, yields decidedly lopsided results. Ferguson’s important local elections are held on odd numbered years in April. That scheduling tactic is a virtual guarantee for lower voter turnout, which favors Republicans
Ferguson also holds nonpartisan elections, where party labels do not appear on the ballot, and that has been shown to reduce both what citizens know about candidates
as well as their likelihood of voting
. And the consequences are worse for residents with less education and less income."
— Why are Ferguson’s police, school board members and elected officials overwhelmingly White when the city itself is two-thirds Black? QTNA (via odinsblog)
"The mainstream corporate media dances around a basic fact, one that I have no fear or compunction about stating clearly and directly. Michael Brown is dead because the police are empowered by a good percentage of the white American public to kill black and brown people preemptively and with extreme prejudice. If you doubt the glee that the White Right and the silent majority feel for the killing of Michael Brown, a quick examination of the comment sections on CNN and other news sites will disabuse you of that notion."
— We are respectable negroes: The Inevitable ‘Niggerization’ of Michael Brown by the Ferguson Police Department and the Right-Wing Hate Media (via azspot)