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Plantation Politics in Syracuse, NY

If Stephanie Miner lost the mayoral election this past Tuesday it’s not entirely her fault. The Kimatian Campaign effectively placed diversity at the forefront of their last minute effort to wrest away some of the traditional African-American voters from Democrats. Even if it’s a close race she just has to look at Mayor Matt Driscoll’s Administration and its less- than-colorful list of influential
employees.

In the forums and debates it was clearly stated by Kimatian that his Administration would look like the population it was elected to serve. This has been stated in the past by Democrat after Democrat, election after election, until frankly the African-American community doesn’t even care enough to vote in large numbers. Why vote when it’s simply taken for granted every single time, and then not ultimately responded too.

As the African-American population has increased we’ve become increasingly invisible to our Democratic plantation owners, yes, I said it P-L-A-N-T-A-T-I-O-N, a term reserved for the way we’ve been treated for the last 40 years by successive Democratic power elites in CNY.

There are people in place at City Hall that should be hauled out with the next leaf collection bagged up and recycled for political mulch. As I sat in church the last few minutes of this past Sunday I was in shock as my Pastor stated, I can’t endorse anyone for public office, but if I could I’d vote for the “woman running for mayor.” I had no problem with his endorsement of a church member. But I come to church to hear the word of God; I make my own political decisions. He continued, “I can’t vote in the city because I don’t live in the city, but if I could …”

Wait a minute! If you don’t live in the city as many of our clergy don’t, then don’t say anything but, “go out and vote.” Endorsements from the pulpit harkens back to a day when we as African-Americans couldn’t decide for ourselves, could not address authority figures like a mayor without a preacher standing up for us.

Many of us who spent thousands of dollars for an education and spent years working in one party or another didn’t do so with the thought that our pastor or neighborhood preacher who doesn’t live in the area would trump our community and civic involvement.

It’s time that this activity comes to an end. I had a conversation with a Kimatian Campaign worker who argued passionately that “all the preachers on the Southside are for a curfew.” Well, if that’s the case then let them leave their split level ranch homes outside city limits and come and live amongst those who’ve chose to remain in Syracuse. The next politician who tells me that a pastor from the suburbs represents me I’m gonna smack them in the head with a Bible.

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