To the Editor:
(Plain Press, May 2015) Who is responsible, ultimately, for a justice system more concerned with the livelihood of police officers than the lives of minorities? In regions where Blacks and Hispanics outnumber Caucasians; the answer, ironically, is minority voters. They contribute repeatedly to injustice in justice systems by paying more attention to a candidate’s party label than to his or her job performance. Every voter that blindly follows sample ballots on Election Day rather than voting for candidates based on merit aids the process of transferring power into the hands of those who finance political campaigns. When non-competitive voting regions are created, government of the people, by the people and for the people is easily subverted by corporate money.
It doesn’t make a difference whether the non-competitive district is created through gerrymandering, map-drawing, or naturally (Cuyahoga County). It doesn’t matter whether the region is controlled by Democrats or Republicans. When you create a non-competitive voting district, you shift the power to determine who governs a region from voters to donors.
Because of their intense dislike of Republicans, violation of the public trust by Democrats seems to matter very little to Black and Hispanic voters. Using the same voting method for decades — following the Democratic sample ballot blindly – they naively expect to achieve different results. Black and Hispanic voters repeatedly put Jimmy Dimora and Franks Russo and the rest of the Democrats sent to prison recently into office. Black and Hispanic voters repeatedly elect the judges and prosecutors who form the core of Cuyahoga County’s New Jim Crow system of justice.
Cleveland was not only recently voted one of the worst cities in the United States, again; it was voted one of the worst-run cities in the United States, again. Yet, Black and Hispanic voters see no connection between these unacceptable outcomes and their less than thoughtful voting habits. Maybe, the emergence of the Green Party will help turn Cuyahoga County into a more competitive voting district. I, a Democrat, pray that this happens because, unlike many others, I will put people before party as long as the Good Lord continues to bless me with sound mind and body.
Jeff Mixon, Democratic County Executive Committee