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    of minorities in Mississippi is much higher than the nation as a whole.  Why is it that there is even this problem?  Who votes for these guys?  I think a major get out the vote push is needed in the southern states.  

    •  Proportion is not the issue (0+ / 0-)

      The proportion may be high, but the general population is roughly 60/40 white. And minority proportion is largely irrelevant because the voting districts have been created to pretty much ensure the minority vote is diluted, a sad trait that is not unique to Mississippi.

      A more serious and sadder aspect of the political structure in Mississippi is low minority voter turnout. It is shameful for Black voter turnout to be <75% for any election - it is downright inexcusable for Blacks not registering to vote. A scant 50 years ago good people died in order for Blacks to be able to register to vote.

      I live in Hattiesburg, a city that is 52% Black and 42% White. H'burg recently went through a contentious mayoral election - the incumbent was Black, the major challenger was White. Both candidates were qualified for the job and both were worthy of my vote. (The state and city would have been much better off if DuPree had defeated Phil "Good Hair" Bryant in the 2011 gubernatorial election.)

      The first election was extremely close - the margin was 37 votes - and there were serious irregularities. A special election was called. The mayor won re-election by ~200 votes. Total voter turnout in the first election was an abysmal 37%. The percentage jumped to 54% for the special election; however, turnout in most of the traditionally black precincts was below 50%.

      This is the city of Vernon Dahmer, whose epitaph reads: If you don't vote, you don't count.

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