Word on the street

William T. Robinson, Jr.

William T. Robinson, Jr.

African Americans in Nashville are still trying to recover from what they see as a major disappointment during the mayoral election Aug. 6. Many are so disillusioned by Bill Freeman’s defeat they are vowing not to vote in the runoffs. They say they are just not feeling Megan Barry or David Fox. They cannot see either one working in the best interests of the Nashville’s Black community, especially since it was apparent that neither one went after the Black vote in the previous election.

However, if forced to pick between what Nashville’s Black community considers one of two evils, they would pick Megan because David Fox is basically seen as an undercover Tea Party supporter. That doesn’t mean the Black community doesn’t find flaws with Megan Barry. Meagan’s extreme liberalism, especially in supporting same sex marriages is a negative factor to the Black community where many are fundamental Christians, not easily swayed from the basic teaching from the Bible which they unapologetically see as God’s ‘unchanging word.’ Regardless of contemporary changes by some in promoting what some feel as illicit lifestyles, when all is said and done you find most African American’s stance as nonnegotiable when compared to other groups.

African Americans in Nashville for the most part, support a person’s right to live and love whomever they please, but are adamant in their personal opinions when it comes to same sex marriages—unapologetically regarding it as wrong. This sentiment is expressed to their children and loved ones because homosexuality is not relegated to one particular group. But make no bones about it; this doesn’t stop African Americans or any other group from loving their children and supporting their loved ones dreams.

Many African Amer-icans in Nashville are also extremely cautious when they hear that Megan Barry is supporting neighborhood schools, which many Blacks see as flawed, supporting re-segregation. Because of past practices they see neighborhood schools in disadvantaged neighborhoods as being targeted and denied resources and good teachers. Regardless of voices of impartial and corrective changes, the past is still settled in the minds of many of Nashville’s African Americans. They know for a fact, that some schools in opulent areas literally guarantee their students an outstanding education when compared to other schools in other zip codes.

Now most African Americans in Nashville, identify David Fox as a person with strict conservative values, common to those of the Tea Party, a party most African Americans feel is prejudiced and insensitive to the needs of the poor—especially African Americans. The blatant racists attacks by the Tea Party toward our African American president, Barack Obama, only fuel African Americans beliefs because they feel vicious verbal attacks on the President are attacks against all people of color. Many Blacks in Nashville are also leery of David Fox’s commitment to foster more charter schools, which they feel cater to private organizations or people. They feel this money could better be used to make all public schools successful.

The bottom line is that many Blacks feel that David Fox will cater to big businesses and organizations with little inclusion for uplifting the common man or woman in Nashville’s prosperity and booming growth. Many African Americans verbally express that they just don’t trust David Fox because they just can’t relate to or identify with him personally.

The mayoral candidate that can better offer the Nashville Black community financial and economic inclusion in Nashville’s impending future will gain their support or vote. Regardless of the disappointment many Blacks are feeling, they cannot afford not to vote. The lack of their vote may aid in more ‘overlooking of the Black community’ by the city as a whole.

African Americans in Nashville cannot afford to stay away from the polls or they will surely lose. When all is said and done, Megan Barry is looking like the only viable option for mayor of our city for the African American community. Let’s make it happen.