LOUIS 'HOP' KENDRICK

LOUIS ‘HOP’ KENDRICK

Every four years we hear the same prediction: “This presidential election is the most important election in history.” The two major political parties in this 2016 election did not create a larger divide between the Black and White voters, but they did highlight how serious the ongoing problems are.

I was compelled to reflect on my years in politics many years before we ceased to be “colored”, and became Black and how much has not changed for the better. In 1956 a colored man decided to run for the committeeman in the 9th district 3rd ward against a White man who had been in the position for at least 20 years, and colored voters physically attacked him and accused him of being out of his tree for having the incredible nerve to challenge Mr. Charlie. The colored candidate was defeated, but the third time he ran all colored politicians Republicans and Democrats joined forces and elected him. The election of the colored individual was a total disappointment, because we realized early that the only difference between him and the White person we defeated was his color of skin, because the party owned him and the people were still secondary.

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