Identity Politics

RECEIVED Tue., Feb. 17, 2004

Dear Editor,
   "Age notwithstanding, two old-guard Davis supporters, former state Rep. Wilhelmina Delco and former Mayor Gus Garcia, point to Precinct 1's traditional identity as an African-American seat. It's true that Hispanics outnumber African-Americans in the precinct, but, as Delco points out, 'This particular precinct has the greatest number of blacks. African-Americans have been a part of the political scene for a long time, and I think we've paid our dues and we should have representation. People say there's already another black on the Commissioners Court (County Judge Sam Biscoe), but he's in an administrative position; he represents the entire county.' Garcia echoed those sentiments: 'I know Celia quite well and I like her and under any other circumstances I'd be supporting her – but not for Precinct 1.'" ["Identity Politics Color County's Precinct 1 Race," News, Feb. 13].
   I thought the great "civil rights campaign" demanded one person one vote no matter what their ethnicity. And that American law required that the person with the most votes be declared the winner. The principality of Austin seems to have very different rules. "Tradition" was appropriate to Fiddler on the Roof, or perhaps that is what Austin politics is, a musical fairy tale.
William Roberts
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