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Since we last met Blacks country wide won some and lost some political elections. Blacks at last became sophisticated enough to elect Harold Washington, a Black Congressman, to run for the Mayor of the major city of Chicago over two white candidates Mayor Byrne and State Atty. Gen. Dailey who spent 12 million dollars to defeat him.

We lost a couple of spots when Mayor Tom Bradley lost his bid by a thin margin of some 5% to a white candidate to become Governor of the State of California and Richard Clarke lost his race to become the first Black Congressman from the Mississippi's Delta.

Although the situations were different in California and Mississippi some boys in the know, now say that if Bradley and Clarke had paid a little more attention to their Black base the results might have been different.

Blacks country wide also showed sophistication when they went to the polls to vote out those legislators in the congress who followed the Reagan's line and did not hear the cries for aid from Blacks and the suffering minorities; and these victories now have the people around the oval office saying "lets talk."

In New York Blacks pooled their votes to elect Mario Cuomo governor over a most insensitive Ed. Koch. However, vindictive Mayor Koch struck back when Gordon Davis, his Black Parks Commissioner decided to quit his administration to seek his fortunes elsewhere. Mayor Koch lost no time in appointing Henry Stern an old friend, who is about to lose his job as one of the cities councilmen at large, to Gordon's spot.

When his Chancellor of Education announced his desire to move on, the Mayor announced that he would back Robert Wagner, Jr., another of his deputies, for the position. This of course set up a lot of opposition by Blacks & Hispanics because Mr. Wagner has no educational credentials to qualify him for the job; but this did not matter to the Mayor who wants to surround himself with friends.

It matters little to the Mayor that there is a Dr. Minter, an Education Deputy and a Mrs. Daisy Hicks, two Blacks with impeccable credentials already in the Board of Ed. who could serve the needs of a 70% Black school population. 

The mayor also was taken to task by the Black sitting judges for his failures to appoint some Black judges for the 42 spots he had opened. The Mayor answered this one by telling the judges that he had offered judgeships to some ten Black lawyers whom he know and they had turned him down. The judges wanted to know why the Mayor had not contacted them for recommendations. But Old Ed had beaten a hasty retreat to visit Lebanon and even there created some disention with the State Department.

Then the present Manhattan beep got into the Chancellor's picture by saying he was going to back Dr. Minter for the job. But the folks in Harlem remembered that this Beep also promised when he first came into office to back Ron Evans, a Black school principal who had supported him at his peril for a spot on the board of education,

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