The Democratic Primary for Mayor in Philadelphia has been decided tonight. I have said nothing about this race because there is truly so little to say. Rarely are politicians of this caliber in the running for anything and rarely are they all black men. Of the five major candidates, three are black men. They are Congressman Chaka Fattah, Former Councilman Michael Nutter, and State Representative Dwight Evans.
Normally brothas of this stature are inspiring. None of these brothas really did anything for me this year. Philadelphia’s politics are complicated and corrupt and I haven’t the time or inclination to decipher it for y’all. Ain’t but so many hours in the day. I know I shoulda said something before now and my sistah rikyrah asked about it awhile back, I just ain’t been in the mood.
The long and the short of it for me is the MOVE tragedy in the eighties and the the steadfast refusal of city politicians to stand-up like grown ups and address the wider racial and political ramifications of those over-the-top police state tactics and assure Philadelphians that they will never occur again.
With 67% of Precincts reporting, Michael Nutter has won the Democratic Primary for Mayor with 36% and 68,221 votes to his nearest competitor’s 28% and 54, 302 votes. The race for Mayor is over and my least favorite candidate-the “brotha” who is in favor of racial profiling and “stop and frisk” police tactics, will become the new mayor.