It will be interesting to see the results of the elections in Ferguson, Missouri today where leaders and activists have been asking residents to support Mike Brown and go out to vote. It’s important to note the demographics of Ferguson when it comes to Election Day. The city is 70% African-American, but the elected officials and police officers of the city are almost all white. To be more specific, the mayor and 5 of the 6 city council members, 6 of the 7 school board members, and 50 of the 53 police officers are white.
After Mike Brown was fatally shot by a police officer, the majority of city’s residents did not feel as if their elected officials really represented them or underwood them. How did that happen? Well, most of the African-American residents of Ferguson did not vote. In fact, only 6% of African-American voters actually voted in last year’s city election.
People around the country, especially in Ferguson, need to vote to make change and to make a difference. One can vote by feet marching or by organizing and pressuring, but one must vote at the voting booth change the status quo.