September 28, 2012
Race and Politics
In 1990, a little known Tacoma lawyer challenged Justice Keith Callow for his position on the Washington State Supreme Court. Callow was highly qualified and broadly endorsed for re-election. Charles Johnson hardly campaigned, had no judicial experience and few endorsements yet he won. Why? Were the voters uninformed, stupid or just prejudiced? Did all the Scandinavian-Americans vote for Johnson because of his surname?
This year, Steve Gonzalez, with Callow like support, was opposed by another non-campaigning, no endorsements candidate, Bruce Danielson. Gonzalez won thanks to the enlightened totally unprejudiced voters in Western Washington as opposed to those racist yahoos in the eastern part of the state. Proof of this is contained in a Seattle Times op-ed by an attorney and a professor of political science. They state that a precinct-by-precinct analysis showed Gonzales beating Danielson by 2 to 1 in Latino communities while he received only 25% of the non-Latino white votes in Yakima County. This is called "racially polarized voting" by the authors. They also claim, "In nine counties across central Washington, Latinos constitute more than 33 percent of the total population, yet hold less than 4 percent of local elected offices."
To correct this imbalance, they support the proposed Washington Voting Rights Act that would allow challenges to the form of elections in elections where racially polarized voting is charged. For example, if a county commission is elected at large, the Act could require creation of geographically defined commissioner districts. The expected outcome of these ghettoized gerrymandered districts would be the election of more officials from whatever ethnic/racial group considered shutout of elected offices due to race or ethnicity.
As with so many do-gooder proposals, this one has its unintended consequences. Rather than foster integration into the wider melting pot of society, it encourages separation and division based on factors we are trying to eliminate from our candidate selection process. Better that we encourage people to join churches, service clubs, PTAs and other avenues of acceptance and participation in community life as a base for seeking elective office. Yes, it may take longer than forcing it through election law but the respect that comes from winning on one's own merits is a lasting building block of a truly tolerant society.
Large counties like King elect council members by district but primarily for reasons associated with the number of constituents per council member. One King County council district is weighted toward minorities and is represented by an African-American. The 7th Congressional District, prior to the 2010 redistricting, was supposedly intended to provide an advantage for minority candidates, as is the new 9th Congressional District. Jim McDermott has held the 7th for over twenty years and Congressman Adam Smith is expected to win the seat in the new 9th - both white guys. The Seattle City Council is elected at-large and has had numerous African-Americans and other minorities as members. If an African-American, Mormon woman married to a white man can make a credible run for Congress in Utah without fiddling with the election process, there must be Latinos in Washington State that could do the same.
Let's work toward electing our leaders without regard to race, national origin, religion, or sexual preference.
Posted by warrenpeterson at September 28, 2012
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1. As I stated once already to the bufoons on "The Strangeer" website that actually came up with this theory, a simple Google search of Danielson's name at election time was extremely positive with actual endorsements.
You would think Mr Savage would understand how Google works after his efforts to change Santorums name.
This is just another example of Prog fascism.
Yeah -- Who ever heard of Republicans redistricting an area to get a better result from the voting population?
I think they called that 'gerrymandering' in 8th grade civics class.
Well, Dork, we're really good at it now. Slimy, corrupt democrats taught us everything we know.
It's like how the democrats gerrymandered the CTran tax district here in Clark County back in 05. You know, sit down with a Clark County precinct map and an exacto knife, cut out every single "no" precinct (60-70 thousand of us) make sure every store in the county is in the district so everyone, in or out of the tax district has to pay (occasionally leading to a district that was one street wide in places) so that a few democrats could vote to raise everyone's taxes while tens of thousands of us were excluded from voting... but not from paying it.
In fact, it was Pridemore's bill that made it happen.
Democrats all, BTW.
Like that, you mean, Dork?
It's amazing how delusional the left is when it comes to their own side. Like only the GOP makes bad decisions or screws up and the left is perfect and operating on motives as pure as the driven snow.
It would appear that Democrats are always on the cutting edge of race first politics. When do people actually stop being African-American, Hispanic-American, Asian-American, Italian-American and simply become Americans?
5. Actually some of us in E. Washington looked up both Gonzalez and Danielson and like what we read about Daneilson better. If Hispanics vote overwhelmingly for one of their own are they racist? Oh that's right only whites can be racists.
With the evil, unpatriotic collusion going on now with the blatant voter suppression from the Republican, something should be done other than just witness it happening. It should be criminal.
Legions of valiant hearts made the ultimate sacrifice so we may have that right. What these buffoons are doing is treasonous.
Actually, Joe, it is illegal... and a bunch of your fellow ACORN leftist thugs are locked up because of it.
Odd you didn't mention that.
When do people actually stop being African-American, Hispanic-American, Asian-American, Italian-American and simply become Americans?
Short answer? As long as Democrats benefit politically from dividing people along those lines, NEVER.
@8 - That is why I rarely if ever refer to different ethnicities as hyphenated Americans. The left originated this speak in the first place, with vision of divide and conquer in the back of their minds. It is all part of the political correctness meme under the guise of self-esteem, non-offensive or one size fits all - as in Obamacare.
The results are elevating and making this issue way worse than before. The best way to get rid of this is to change the culture and somehow reduce the influence of Hollywood. That will take a concerted effort and a new generation and getting rid of this president for starters.
10. For conservatives, we try very hard to achieve equivalence, meaning we think the way to combat racism and sexism is to promote equality, color-blindness, and gender-neutrality. This is why conservatives are against Affirmative Action.