Saturday’s incomplete tally appeared to split along racial lines, based on results in the November primary and interviews with voters. In the midterm election, Ms. Carter, who is also black, was the clear choice of white voters by more than seven to one, while blacks voted for Mr. Jefferson by about five to one.
Remember this the next time that someone tells you that southern whites are all racist and would never vote for a black candidate.But some black voters looked past the accusations. In interviews, several bristled at the suggestion made by some whites that sending Mr. Jefferson back to Washington would cast the city in unflattering light.
“He’s worked it hard down there over the years, and they haven’t proven anything yet,” said Freddie Robinson, a retired bus mechanic, after casting his ballot for Mr. Jefferson. “He’s done so much for us.”
Oh, but only if that were true and the fact that Jefferson was not running in a heavily black populated district. Your own quote of the NY times also supported against the assertion you've made. He was voted in with a heavy split along the racial divide.Remember this the next time that someone tells you that southern whites are all racist and would never vote for a black candidate.
"I just wish we could one day elect someone who wouldn't look ridiculous to the rest of the country," said Betty Holahan-Smith, 45, a white voter from the Lower Garden District. "First, we had 'Chocolate City' Nagin. Now we have 'Dollar Bill' Jefferson."
The last one really gets me. She concedes that hes guilty of taking a $100,000 bribe. She rationalizes it by saying that "everyone does it." And then she says that she didn't vote for the other person cause she acted white."He hasn't done anything the rest of the folks up in Washington haven't done -- he just got caught," said Sharon Williams of Mid-City.
She said Carter seems to have forgotten who she is, Williams said.
"Sometimes when you are an African American and you get too high on yourself, well, Karen Carter thought she was a Caucasian," she said. "You have to always remember where you came from."