I’ve been dying to talk about this, and will on today’s show.
As a conservative white Republican running in a district whose voters are overwhelmingly black Democrats, the odds seemed overwhelmingly against him.
Then he came up with an idea, an advertising strategy that his opponent found “disgusting.” If a white guy didn’t have a chance in a mostly African-American district, Wilson would lead voters to think he’s black.
And it apparently worked. In one of the biggest political upsets in Houston politics this election season, Wilson — an anti-gay activist and former fringe candidate for mayor — emerged as the surprise winner over 24-year incumbent Bruce Austin. His razor thin margin of victory, only 26 votes, was almost certainly influenced by his racially tinged campaign.
Everyone has the wrong take on this.
First of all … genius!
Second of all … he isn’t the racist. If anything, he’s proven the community’s overwhelmingly black population is racist.
Here’s the deal … 24 year incumbent Democrat, Bruce Austin (a black man), lost to white guy newcomer Republican, Dave Wilson. That simply CAN’T HAPPEN in a heavily black Democratic district. So how’d he do it?
He launched an advertising campaign that had many voters believing he was black. He didn’t specifically lie about his race. He just used a lot of black people in his campaign mailers. He also used a real cousin’s name, and said he’d endorsed him (he actually did). However, the voters might have confused his real cousin’s name with a former state representative. That apparently is super evil. So far, no mention of the voters not doing their research.
Naturally, this has led to accusations of voter disenfranchisement, lying, fraud, and … of course … racism.
The sad truth is that this guy did highlight racism. Many people voted for Barrack Obama because he was black (well, half black anyway). Far more did so than voted against him because of his race. That’s racism … period. Voting for someone because they are black means you are voting against someone because they aren’t. That’s undeniable racism. Favoring one race over another in any manner is considered our societal definition of racism.
Dave Wilson just proved that this community is only interested in the candidates color, not the content of his character. In other words, the voters are racist.
There is something else to consider though. A 24 year incumbent Democrat black guy lost an election. He has the name recognition to easily be known by the voters. Yet, they chose another guy. Why? We know it wasn’t about race. Could it be the incumbent sucks at his job? Perhaps the voters were just waiting for someone to come along and offer a better option … as long as that option was another black dude.
So a community of primarily black people didn’t like the incumbent, so they decided to replace him with a better candidate. His race should be immaterial.
The victim-hood being peddled here is laughable. If the voters just didn’t like the incumbent, and voted him out, they got what they wanted. If they would have made a different decision because they won’t vote for a white person, then those racists got what they deserve.
Of course, we could all be wrong here. Maybe the voters didn’t give a damn about race. Maybe they just wanted a new person for the job. Perhaps, it’s just the sore loser opponent and media who are peddling the racism. Because, after all, black people will never vote for a white Republican right? Sounds like the media and the loser are saying the black community are a pretty racist bunch. How very ignorant and sad.