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Our Separate Ways

By Rev. Donald L. Perryman, D.Min.

It never ceases to amaze me: people who claim to want to help people who in fact don’t like people. 

 -  Renita Weems


Rev. Donald L. Perryman, D.Min.

The Supreme Court of the United States will consider the case of Ohio voter-rolls purging practices in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute on January 10, 2018.  The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund has warned that the Court decision could have a momentous impact in making it more difficult and costly to vote – extending well beyond Ohio.

Since 2011, the state of Ohio has purged two million names from voter rolls, more than half of which targeted people merely because they were “infrequent” voters (despite “limited voting hours, erratic job schedules, child care needs, closing of neighborhood polling places, inadequate or inaccessible transportation, and the costs associated with obtaining a photo identification,” all obstacles which make it harder for disabled, low income, elderly and minorities to vote).

Yet, while the community desperately tries to survive the War on Voter Rights and other major conflicts such as the war on black youth, the war on women and the war on the LGBTQ persons, Lucas County Dems appear more interested in attacking each other than fighting the wars being waged upon their constituents.

The Implications?

With Lucas County still a pivotal county in a pivotal swing state, the much-ballyhooed Democratic Party re-takeover of power a/k/a the 2018 Blue Wave stands to become nothing more than a myth.

As a result, with reorganization of the central committee scheduled for May, 2018, Lucas County Party Chair, Josh Hughes could also find himself on the hot seat unless he can demonstrate that he has the ability to keep the party unified.

Remnants of the old A and B factions still exist as well as other in-group/out-group dynamics. Candidates still carry grudges from unhealed past wounds. In addition, the Party still suppresses diversity of thought and “assumes exclusivity over inclusivity, denying the opportunity to attract more people into what needs to be a wider tent,” says one elected official.

Because of the infighting, many potential but powerful donors are sitting on the sidelines. “We’re embarrassed,” said another Party regular, “They (donors) give money to a few select candidates, but they won’t give money to the Party. Somewhere along the line they’ve got to fix that,” he adds.

Where Do We Go From Here?

“I don’t know who in the world would want the job of Party Chair. There’s no money in it and it’s pretty thankless. Although he came in as labor’s guy and caused a lot of the fractions himself, I don’t see Hughes as a leader but at least he’s doing something, the elected official reasons.”

Yet, the old saying is: “Healing is a Function of Time that must run its Course.”

More than likely, by May 2018, newly-elected Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz will become the de facto leader of the party and will have the opportunity to choose the Party’s chair.

If so, look for Mike Beasley and a few other people to have a larger role in Party decision making, especially if the building trades shifts their priority from running the Party to a focus of financially supporting individual candidates.

In the meantime, we shall see if current leadership can make the decisions needed to move the Party forward while driving out the “Me First, You Not At All” Self-Serving spirit that is currently prevalent.

 Contact Rev. Donald Perryman, D.Min, at drdlperryman@centerofhopebaptist.org



Copyright © 2018 by [The Sojourner's Truth]. All rights reserved.
Revised: 08/16/18 14:12:13 -0700.



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