"They worry they might be perceived as racist if they don’t vote for a black candidate."
Obviously she is black or the whole article would never have seen the light of day anywhere in the mainstream media and the topic is D.C.'s dysfunctional local government, not its dysfunctional national government.
Jonetta Rose Barras writes, "Many African Americans, particularly those older than 50, remain hung up on race. They didn’t give serious consideration to Wells and the other white candidate, council member Jack Evans (Ward 2), although both are more experienced than Bowser.
"Older whites with whom I have spoken are just as stuck in the past. They worry they might be perceived as racist if they don’t vote for a black candidate."
That last is an observation that few make anymore, but it's quite accurate. There is a category of white voters who vote on contra-racial grounds as reflexively as some black voters vote on racial grounds.
"The racial paranoia and neurosis underpinning this election defies logic. Since an elective government was established in the District, I can only recall a few white local politicians who may have injured the African American community. However, I have witnessed plenty of black officials who repeatedly hurt African Americans, either through personal greed, neglect or incompetence — sometimes all three.
"So, isn’t it time for District voters of all races to acknowledge that reality while joining the 21st century? After all, a black man, twice elected, sits in the White House. White mayors now lead such predominantly African American cities as Detroit and Gary, Ind. Before Martin O’Malley became Maryland’s governor, he was Baltimore’s mayor.
"When I spoke with Bowser about this whole black-white discussion, she said she’s “the best” candidate for mayor “period.” She couldn’t offer a cohesive, global vision for the city, however. Instead, she strung together issues: affordable housing, infrastructure needs, government transparency, finally adding, “We’re going to have a government we can be proud of.”
Sound familiar? Think national government in D.C., not local government in D.C.