If blacks don’t vote in the District Attorney’s race, we have no one to blame but ourselves
Written by Solomon Jones on April 19, 2017
Sometimes I feel as if freedom is slowly slipping away from African Americans.
Not because someone is violently attempting to take it from us. No. Our freedom is slipping like sand between our fingers, and it is doing so because of voter apathy.
I felt our freedom slipping away after the presidential election, when the winning candidate thanked blacks for not coming out to vote for his opponent. I felt it slipping away in the last mayoral primary, when Democrat Jim Kenney won with only 27 percent of eligible voters casting ballots.
But perhaps most troubling, I feel our freedom slipping away now. Monday is the final day to register to vote in the May 16 Pennsylvania primary. That election will likely decide Philadelphia’s next District Attorney. If blacks don’t participate, apathy will have won the day again, and black voters will have no one to blame but ourselves.
We are, after all, the people most likely to be victimized by an unfair criminal justice system.
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