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How Does A Town With 67% Black Population Wind Up With An All White Police Force?

How Does A Town With 67% Black Population Wind Up With An All White Police Force?  That’s a question I’ve been asking myself every since the Ferguson riots. Ferguson has only three black police officers out of fifty-seven officers on the force. Only one of the five city council members is black and the mayor is white. This doesn’t happen just on it’s own so I’ve been wondering why.

It seems there is a reason beyond just apathetic black voters. The key is when their elections are held and in how the elections are run.

Ferguson holds municipal elections in April of odd-numbered years. In doing so, the town is hardly unique. Approximately three-fourths of American municipalities hold their elections in odd years, a Progressive-era reform intended to shield municipal elections from the partisan politics of national contests, but one that has been shown to have a dramatic effect on reducing turnout.

Ferguson also holds nonpartisan elections (where party labels do not appear on the ballot), another Progressive reform, and one that has been shown to reduce both what citizens know about candidates as well as their likelihood of voting. These consequences are worse for people with less education and less income.

via How Ferguson exposes the racial bias in local elections – The Washington Post.

So it is really apathetic or uneducated voters but it’s also manipulated voters. The cure for Ferguson’s woes is voter education and a strong campaign among the black community in Ferguson to turn out for local elections.

There is a very apparent solution for the people of Ferguson

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch announced on Monday night that Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in a press conference that many found baffling, unwieldy and inflammatory.

via Ferguson Prosecutor Robert McCulloch Gives Bizarre Press Conference.

Honestly, I don’t know if Officer Darren Wilson was justified in shooting Michael Brown and neither do you. All you and I know is that a grand jury in Ferguson refused to indict him for any crimes in the shooting. By doing a little research I also know that the Ferguson PD has only three black police officers out of a force of fifty-three. In a city with blacks making up 67% of the population this will raise an eyebrow.

Since the 2010 census blacks have made up the majority of Ferguson with whites making up only 27% of the population yet whites maintain full political control of the city. Evidently blacks are not running for office in Ferguson or blacks are not  voting in Ferguson.

To me it looks like there is an apparent solution to Ferguson’s problem and it ain’t burning down a Little Cesare’s.