Michigan residents and political organizations march on Rick Snyder's home on Martin Luther King day 2012.
*The election season is getting more and more treacherous by the moment.
The GOP appears to be setting up tactics to legally steal the vote. But, this is yet another example of why it is so important for the nation and more importantly, African Americans, to be proactive in the election process.
Michigan somehow voted in Republican governor Rick Snyder, who has wreaked havoc on the power base of the state’s cities since he assumed his post in 2010.
Now, he and his Republican cronies have locked Detroit in their crosshairs as they attempt (more…)
*Republican Party leaders in central Illinois are calling on their own candidate for state senate to step down following racist remarks he made at a candidate’s forum last week, reports the Huffington Post.
Al Reynolds, who is considered the Tea Party candidate in Illinois’ 52nd District, has been unavailable to the media since saying that African American men preferred dealing drugs to going to college, because it’s “easier.”
“I’ve been in the city and the dichotomy of the women and the men in the minorities, there is a difference in the fact that most minority women, either the single parent or coming from a poor neighborhood, are motivated more so than the minority men,” Reynolds said, when asked what he would do to increase diversity at state colleges. “And it’s a pretty good reason. Most of the women who are single parents have to find work to support their family. The minority men find it more lucrative to be able to do drugs or other avenues rather than do education. It’s easier.”
The room was silent as Reynolds made his remarks. (Watch below) He continued:
“We need to provide ways that are more incentive, other than just sports avenues, for the men for the minorities to want to go to college and get an education and better themselves before the women have to support them all.”
The comments were made at a forum co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Champaign County NAACP, according to the News-Gazette of East Central Illinois.
The comments gave Reynolds’ Democratic opponent, incumbent Sen. Mike Frerichs, plenty to respond to:
“I’ve been in this community for a long time now,” Frerichs said. “I’ve been working in this community for a long time and I’ve worked with a lot of African-American men. They’re not pursuing careers in sports. They’re not trying to sell drugs. They’re trying to support their families. They’re trying to be good people.”
According to the Commercial-News in Illinois, GOP leadership in Vermilion and Champaign counties called on Reynolds to withdraw from the race–but his campaign has yet to respond to multiple calls for comment by various local news agencies, and he has not withdrawn.
“Mr. Reynolds’ opinions are in stark contrast to the core values of the Champaign County Republican Party and are personally offensive to me,” party Chairman Jason Barickman told the News-Gazette.