Partisan party politics, even in a so-called “non-partisan” municipal election, and even when whites and blacks are largely split along separate party lines, does not equate, necessarily to “racial politics”.
The view from the Stone Mountain of Georgia
Atlanta’s mayoral run-off proves the post-racial politics trend
DeVine Law & Politics has thoroughly examined the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s skin pigmentation obsessions and racist projections from the beginning of the campaign for Shirley Franklin‘s successor as mayor of Atlanta.
The first echo of this rooster’s crowings against this false meme came from all members, left and right, of The Georgia Gang(except when joined by the AJC’s Jim Galloway). All emphasized the record 15+% cross-over racial voting and other echoes of gamecock.
The second to echo gamecock, was the mostly lonely conservative voice of that same AJC, Kyle Wingfield:
But going out of your way to disavow the party of many of your supporters, and likening attendance at its convention to experimentation with hard drugs? That shows considerably bad political judgment.
Several conservatives and Republican activists with whom I’ve spoken wonder whether right-leaning voters will forgive Norwood, when she could have simply said this was a non-partisan election and that she was focused on the issues.
Simply put, Norwood insulted her base. She lost white GOP votes to Reed.
Now comes Jackie Gingrich Cushman(the former Speaker’s daughter, and Atlanta native/resident) with an intimate, inside look at the Kasim Reed, Mary Norwood campaign, (and with a Townhall.com title that warms DeVine Law’s heart), Atlanta Reaching Toward Post-Racial Politics:
Norwood, dressed in black slacks and a royal-blue jacket, appeared at the Varsity near 11 p.m. Her smile never dimmed while she thanked supporters and answered reporters’ questions. Her crowd was diverse in terms of race, sexual orientation and political affiliations. Norwood ran as a grass-roots activist.
Reed, in a dark suit, white shirt and shiny silver tie, appeared on stage at the hotel’s ballroom. Signaling No. 1 with his hand, Reed claimed victory to a large, primarily African-American, crowd. Reed ran as an outsider.
Reed twice served as Franklin’s campaign manager and co-chaired her mayoral transition team. Franklin, City Council President Lisa Borders and Former Gov. Roy Barnes endorsed him. Sounds very inside to this outsider.
The runoff night crowd at the Varsity showed that the dead heat had little to do with race — Atlanta is reaching toward a post-racial state defined not by skin color but by issues, integrity and performance.
The column is replete with numerous examples of cross-racial issues and realities on the ground that rebut the dead-tree drive-by media’s racial convulsions.
The post-racial ground outside of Atlanta
Artur Davis v Jesse Jackson shows the realities of the post-racial politics closer to the people, when the Rev. Jackson’s “not really black Clarence Thomas-like” attack on the only black Democrat House member to vote against ObamaCare, was re-buffed by the Alabama Representative:
“One of the reasons that I like and admire Rev. Jesse Jackson is that 21 years ago he inspired the idea that a black politician would not be judged simply as a black leader,” he said in a statement referencing Mr. Jackson’s 1988 Presidential bid. “The best way to honor Rev. Jackson’s legacy is to decline to engage in an argument with him that begins and ends with race.”
Liberals insist that America still isn’t “post-racial,” notwithstanding the election of President Obama. But when a politician’s skin color is gratuitously invoked in a debate about whether the government should have more control of health care, you have to wonder if the political left has any serious interest in a color-blind society. Former President Jimmy Carter suggests that whites who oppose the President’s policies are racists; Mr. Jackson says blacks who oppose them are betraying their race.
Even in the age of a black President, too many liberals still believe they have more to gain from identity politics than from a post-racial America.
Most post-racial Americans are conservatives and Republicans that have moved on, especially in the South, but we have argued here before, especially is our Obama’s Gates-gate column on the end of white guilt as a major force in American politics.
Reality is showing in Atlanta, and among the overwhelming majority of Americans, that American politics is colored green, rather than black and white, and we are not talking about climate change green.
The Atlanta race was about party, not race, and the Democratic Party’s addiction to party politics as survival mode is no better reflected nationally and locally than by Obama’s Attorney General, Eric Holder’s order, under the Voting Rights Act of 1965, to ban majority black, Kinston, N.C.’s proposal to have the same kind of non-partisan labeled municipal elections Atlanta just had.
The job of governing Atlanta that Kasim Reed inherits, will be colored black only in the sense that he will be judged on whether he can keep the balanced budget inherited from Shirley Franklin, in the black, and for that he will need green, especially from the State of Georgia and whether he can stop the “black flight” to the suburbs, not because they are black voters, but because of the lost green revenue.
Leave the racial obsessions to the left, drive-by media, and Democrats, like Maureen Dowd.
Mike DeVine’s Charlotte Observer, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Minority Report columns
“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson
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