CHATTANOOGA, TN--Johnny Holloway, Rainbow PUSH Coalition Director, believes the election commission dispute shows blacks are not getting the same support as whites in the Democratic Party.In taking this position, Mr. Holloway said, "I am a member of the Democratic Party, and there is just something about black people that they are really loyal to Democrats.
I don't understand why, but they are."Mr. Holloway believes the controversy surrounding the Hamilton County Election Commission and County Commissioner William Cotton has exposed a racial rift among local Democrats.
believes that blacks are not getting the same support as whites from the Hamilton County Democratic Party.He
believes there is a lack of support for Commissioner Cotton by the Democratic Party
.Unfortunately, Mr. Holloway
believes that lack of support is due to race.
is probably wrong about the different treatment between blacks and whites in the Democratic Party
.Regardless of whether he
is right or wrong, Mr. Holloway
believes that the divide exists.It is now incumbent on the Democratic Party
, and this community, to work to eliminate these beliefs.However, Mr. Holloway
must understand that moving to eliminate this "racial rift" is a two-way street.Mr. Holloway
needs to take steps to make sure that no African American believes that he
is "not supported" because of race.In fact, as a leader of the African-American community, Mr. Holloway
should be the first to take action.In taking action, Mr. Holloway
must offer to:
A. Call for a full investigation into the election irregularities.
must ask the Democratic Party
to declare that the investigation be fair and unbiased--without regard to race or political affiliation.
D. Mr. Holloway must ask the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
to remain objective, conducting an investigation without regard to race, political affiliation, or political pressure.Mr. Holloway
should ask the Hamilton County Democratic Party to support him in his
request. Mr. Holloway
must understand that he
is politicizing the investigation by playing the race card.
If Mr. Holloway
is not careful, many will begin to believe Mr. Cotton is directing Mr. Holloway's conduct so Mr. Cotton can "dodge a bullet."