Betrayal?: Blacks backed Amendment 2
A breach in progressive solidarity?
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Amendment 2 carried 13 of 14 black-majority wards in the City of
In both the city and the county, the black-majority wards and townships supported the controversial amendment by greater margins than white-majority areas in those jurisdictions. In fact, in the city, the black wards (excluding the 6th) supported the amendment by a greater percentage than the three most conservative lily-white southwest city wards (where less than 11% of the population cast nearly a third of the city’s Republican primary votes).
The 13 black wards that backed the measure did so with over 55% of the vote. The five county black townships doing so posted a 64% majority for the amendment. Both figures are well ahead of the support percentages for the entire city (where the amendment lost) and the entire county (60%).
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Doug Gray, campaign manager for the Constitutional Defense League, told St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Bill Smith that he was disappointed that those people who historically have supported civil rights issues -- labor unions, African Americans and Democrats -- largely decided to sit out the Amendment 2 election. "Being silent and saying nothing is no longer good enough."