The diverse group of Democrats that will lead the City-County Council the next four years intends to champion race issues, but their options are limited by tight budgets and shrinking tax collections.
Half of the 16 Democrats elected Tuesday are African-American. Newly elected members Vop Osili, Leroy Robinson and Steve Talley will join holdovers Monroe Gray, Maggie Lewis, Vernon Brown, William Oliver and Jose Evans on the council in January. Talley is back for a second stint on the council.
The council also gained its first openly gay member, Democrat Zach Adamson, but lost its lone Hispanic voice, Angel Rivera, a Republican.
Interesting side-note, the second I saw a flyer in my mailbox with Zach Adamson on it I said to myself, “Oh. A gay guy’s running.” He’s either just that gay or I’m just that good at noticing.
Regardless, the point of the story is this: social issues can’t be tackled because there is no money.
Really? Seriously? Someone on the council has to explain to me why money is necessary to achieve harmony with blacks, gays, hispanics and other folks.
“Sorry, Indianapolis, we can’t buy things from a minority-owned business because there is no money. We have to buy it from the white guy instead.”
“Sorry, Indianapolis, we can’t do our part to work out matters with the Indiana General Assembly to allow gay people to get married and help us build Indianapolis’ reputation as tolerant because the city’s a little strapped for cash.”
Really? It doesn’t cost money to be a champion for those among us that could use some help. Money isn’t everything. Evidently to the Council Democrats, it’s a requisite just to think about it.