ovember 4, 2014 is Election Day, and early voting ends October 31st. It is disappointing to think about the fact that only a very small percentage of the citizens in our community will actually cast a ballot in these important elections this year. It is important for each citizen to vote in every election, and the very thought that many African Americans will not vote is especially depressing when we think of the struggles and sacrifices our forefathers endured to give us the right to vote in America. People were threatened, beaten and jailed just for attempting to register to vote, and heroes like Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner were killed as they tried to help Blacks get the right to vote.
This year, those who want to roll back all the gains that Blacks have achieved have had some major successes thanks to the unfortunate decisions like the U. S. Supreme Court judgment to weaken the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by striking down the requirement that certain states with histories of restricting Blacks from voting must seek Federal approval before making changes in their voting laws when there is the possibility that the proposed changes will discriminate against minorities.
Obviously, the fact that so many African-Americans will not vote, or understand the importance of voting, is a source of grave concern and frustration to us at The Savannah Tribune. Voting is a responsibility of citizenship. It is our duty to help select our leaders and let our voices be heard on issues facing our community and nation.
This year, we will elect a new Senator to represent Georgia and a new Congressman from the 1st Congressional District that covers most this area. We will also select a Governor and several other constitutional officers for the State of Georgia. For us at The Savannah Tribune, we believe that Michelle Nunn is the best candidate for Senator. Her opponent outsourced jobs to avoid paying American workers a living wage and condoned a policy of paying the networkers less than male workers who formed the same jobs. We are supporting Brian Reese for Congressman for the 1st District because his views on all of the major national issues are compatible with those of most of our readers. For Governor, we believe that Jason Carter would reverse Georgia’s unfavorable trends in employment, education, and public healthcare. Additionally, this election is very special to us since there are 5 African American females running for statewide constitutional offices. We should rush to the polls to show them our support.
Some of these races are hotly contested and the results will be very close. Every vote is important. You should vote, and also make sure that your family members, friends and associates vote. With this one election, we could help reverse the hatred in our State and Nation. Many election observers and some candidates believe that African-American voters in Savannah and throughout America will not understand the importance of this election. They also say that we will not even vote because we have a history of not voting and because African-American community leaders and elected officials are not doing enough to encourage us to vote. Some candidates are counting on us not voting. They have dismissed African Americans totally and aggressively support policies that are detrimental to us and of community.
At The Savannah Tribune, we are working hard until November 4 to disprove this idea. We owe it to our forefathers.