Reprint: Aug. 7, 2003
Living black in Mississippi
Another Mississippi election day has come. This election chooses party candidates who will vie for victory in the Nov. 3 General Election pitting Democrats against Republicans and Independents. For African Americans voting in this year’s ballotings, they may be enjoying their last voting in the state. This state will certainly be in the forefront of states seeking to revoke the Voting Rights Acts of 1965 when it comes up for reaffirmation in 2007.
The Voting Rights Act was bitterly contested
in 1982 in its first reaffirmation cycle. In Mississippi, the job of the racialist in Mississippi will be made easier by the large number of elitist blacks extant in the state who preach a doctrine of “what’s white is right”.
The elite Negros have run off with all the marbles and left hordes of destitute blacks to struggle through the poverty, despair and racism inherent in living black in Mississippi.
A few years ago, Fannie Lou Hamer, Aaron Henry, Mrs Susie Ruffin, Gilbert Mason and a few others inspired the flames of freedom in the hearts of long sleeping blacks in Mississippi; so asleep that during slavery they did not resist slavery even when they possessed superior numbers! During the recent past, black voters became rejuvenated but made the mistake of electing black elitists to the positions that they control due to their numbers. They thus became literal slaves to the elitists as much as in the past.
Although African Americans have a vested interest in what happens with the Voting Rights Act, the fact that the educated (or miseducated) elite have so misused the emolument flowing from it, that the black masses haven’t benefited from their own struggles, is a problem. Serious reform in the cost benefit ratio is desperately needed.