Thursday, March 25, 2010

Don't believe the hype

Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong era. When I look at my parent's cohort, they fought for what they believed. Even being "Negros" in the deep south, they with their communities were able to exert their power through protests, sit-ins, and voting. My activist parents taught me to fight for what is right and for what I believe. The 2008 elections have renewed my faith that the people, specifically OUR people, are not apathetic.

Congress Heights on the Rise has a great blog post about Slick Willy Fenty. Apparently while she was shopping at the Congress Height's Giant, someone asked her to sign a petition to recall Mayor Fenty. There is a buzz around town that Slick Willy Fenty doesn't care about us East of the River. I've also heard that he doesn't have to care because: 1) we don't vote and 2) he doesn't need our votes**raises brow**. A very power tool to "control" people is to tell a lie, tell it often, and the people will eventually believe it.

Miss V questions everything. I looked at the voter turn out for the 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2008 elections available on the DC Board of Elections and Ethics website... Here are some truths:
  • In 2004 and 2008 primary election Ward 7 and Ward 8 had the 2nd and 3rd highest voter turn-out, respectively. (Note: the link for the 2006 primaries is not working).
  • In the 2004 and 2008 primaries, Wards 7 and 8 comprised 31% and 28% of the total votes, respectively. (Note: the link for the 2006 primaries is not working).
  • In the general elections from 2002-2006, Ward 7 had the 5th for highest voter turn-out.
  • In the 2008 general elections, Ward 7 had the 4th highest voter turn-out.
  • Ward 7 has the 3rd highest number of registered voters (as of November 2009)
  • Wards 7 and 8, make up 24% of the registered voters (as of November 2009).
As we all know this is a very Democratic city (partly why Congress is hating on our Statehood), so the winner of the primaries will win the general election. Wards 7 and 8, we are not as powerless as they would have us believe. As the data show, we have some of the highest voter turn-out in the primary elections.

We have a little less than 6 months to send a message to Slick Willy. In my little DCtopia, Wards 7 and 8 would have a record high voter turn out and unanimously not vote for Fenty. Even if Fenty is re-elected, think about how powerful of a message that would send. We can continue to accept the okie doke from this administration, or we can hold them accountable and fight for what we believe.

1 comment:

  1. Im so glad you looked that info up about voting as I did to. It's amazing how privilege will find ways to support privilege while diminishing the voices of others (in this case the other is the EotR residents), even when the facts that support that privilege are fabricated, untrue, and/or grow out of ignorance. Good post!