A flyer sent by Georgia Democrats is making headlines for using the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, to urge blacks to vote. But the attention only underscores the surprisingly low profile that Ferguson has had so far in the midterms.
After the August shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer sparked weeks of angry and sometimes violent protests, African-American political leaders and organizations have seized on the tragedy — and the epidemic of police violence it underscores — to mobilize minority voters. But in terms of the mainstream campaign debate that most voters hear, Ferguson has barely penetrated.
"It's really not an issue overall," said one leading Democratic pollster who asked to remain anonymous. "But it is an issue that's playing some role in African-American turnout efforts."The Georgia Democratic Party flyer, posted online Tuesday by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, shows two young black children holding signs saying "Don't Shoot." The main text reads: "If you want to prevent another Ferguson in their future ... vote." On the back, it notes that though blacks make up two-thirds of Ferguson's population, its government and police force is overwhelmingly white.
"It’s really not an issue overall. But it is an issue that’s playing some role in African-American turnout efforts."'