Now that the primary elections have been neatly wrapped up and are now behind us, the Post wanted to remind Montgomery County Democrats that we just nominated a black guy, also known as Ike Leggett, for County Executive. In addition, they wanted to congratulate us for not paying attention to race when we went to the polls because, obviously, we're still the all-white bedroom community we were in the 1950's and it really is a wonder we could muster up support for a black candidate.
I'm not saying racism doesn't exist in Montgomery County. Racist graffiti has appeared on buildings from Poolesville to Burtonsville to the tony Kentlands. As a person of half-Black and half-Indian descent, I've encountered racism in a much subtler form in Montgomery County. It's difficult to escape prejudice, but I would like to think that in a community as diverse as ours - "44.5 percent minority," as the Post says - there is no need to congratulate ourselves for putting people of color in leadership positions.
Race was never an issue in this election. (NeighborsPAC was too busy distracting voters with the "evils of developers.") Why, then, does the Post have to make it one? They've already been doing it with the Senate elections, as MoCo Politics has pointed out. Although I have serious problems with Ike Leggett's policy, I still consider him to be an experienced politician and, according to the people of Montgomery County, he is the best man for the job.
Pity votes don't belong in the County government. We understand that. Why doesn't anyone else?