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Black Jesus Watches Me As I Vote

Black Last Supper Triptych Art Print by Wolfgang Otto

My polling place this morning for the Texas primary was in a black church near my home.

Last time I voted it was in a Catholic church.   

Voting is the only thing that gets me into a church.

As I voted today, I was watched over by a black Jesus.

The image above was the picture in the church.

Was Jesus black?  

This article discusses the topic

The painting is by a man named Wolfgang Otto.

March 4, 2008 Posted by | Art, Houston, Politics, Texas Primary '08, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Photo Essay In Favor Of Voting

Hugo Chavez does it ( Regardless of if he is sincere or not)

People have been doing it for a long time–

And, yes, sometimes it is meaningless—

Yet often the right to vote has come at a high cost ( Blacks voting in New Orleans after the Civil War.)

So if you live in a primary state why not take a spin of the wheel tomorrow—

And cast a ballot.

March 3, 2008 Posted by | Campaign 2008, Elections, Politics | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Do “The People” Exist In A Political Sense?—Questions Spurred By A Low Turnout Election

  

Despite a number of important ballot issues and at least a few open City Council seats in Houston, voters in Houston and Harris County turned out at only around 10% of registered persons.

Here are some questions I have based on this terrible turnout. They are questions that would apply to any low turnout election— 

1. Does a political entity such as a city or a county exist in the most meaningful regard of a shared sense of citizenship when so few people vote? No wonder conditions in Houston are so awful for so many people.

2. Are candidates elected by so few people legitimately elected? Why should office holders not vote the way large donors and more affluent voters wish them to vote, when little counter pressure is exerted by an involved public?

3. Don’t you imagine elected officials hold the public in contempt over such low turnout?   

4. If you accept Aristotle’s premise that society existed before the individual, to people delegitimize their very existence by failing to take part in politics? Do “the people” truly exist in a political sense when turnout is so bad?

5. If county and city services would be temporarily suspended unless municipal elections generated at least 75% turnout, do you think people would then vote? I bet a 75% threshold would be met if folks were told police, fire and water service would be stopped until enough people decided they were really part of our society.

The above picture is of people voting in Haiti in 2006.  Imagine that people can line up and possibly face violence to vote in a poor place like Haiti, but people in Houston and Harris County and elsewhere in America will not come out and vote.   

November 9, 2007 Posted by | Books, Houston, Houston Council Election '07, Politics | , , , , , , , | 7 Comments