African-American Politicians Form Fannie Lou Hamer Coalition, Cite Disrespect from Democratic Party

Brian Kelly (@brpkelly)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Some Democratic candidates could find opposition from within their own party from a new coalition of local African-American politicians.

Members of the Fannie Lou Hamer Coalition say they have been disrespected by their own party.

The two dozen members of the coalition, including state reps, local mayors and St. Louis County Council Chair Hazel Erby say they won’t be voting for someone just because they have a donkey behind their name.

Erby says they’ve been disrespected when it comes to the Michael Brown shooting, job creation and the Normandy School District.

“We were disrespected by those who made decisions affecting our children,” Erby says. “We wrote letters, we made phone calls; they were not returned. We’re tired of the lack of respect.”

Berkeley Mayor Theodore Hoskins is among the mayors, council members and state reps in the Fannie Lou Hamer Coalition.

“We’re not against the Democratic party,” he says. “We’re against anyone who does things that are not in the best interest of our community.”

While Erby wouldn’t say if the coalition would endorse any particular candidates, Hoskins named Bob McCulloch and Steve Stenger as among those who “don’t have the best interest of the African-American community.”

When asked if the coalition would endorse candidates or offer write-in candidates, Erby says “everything is on the table.”

Fannie Lou Hamer was a civil rights leader, who fought the racism of white Mississippi Democrats.

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