Mia Love, pictured with her family
In a previous post about the November 2009 Utah local elections, I posed this question about Saratoga Springs' first Black Mayor Mia Love: Would she be a Condolezza Rice, or a Maxine Waters?
According to a November 9th, 2009 Salt Lake Tribune story entitled "Mia Love: Race not a factor for Utah's first black female mayor-elect", it appears she has modeled herself much more after Condolezza Rice. Love, whose given name is actually Ludmya Love,says that while taxes, growth and quality of life were issues in the campaign, her race was not a factor in the campaign, nor is it a personal factor with her. "It is a physical feature," Love said, sitting in the dining room of her home in the Sunrise Meadows neighborhood. "I am proud to be a member of this community." An additional story has since been published in the Provo Daily Herald.
The 33-year-old mayor-elect, who is married with three kids, also said she's never experienced racism while living in Utah, first in Salt Lake County, then in American Fork before moving to Saratoga Springs in 2001. "I don't have that victim attitude," said Love, a Connecticut native. "If someone doesn't like me, I think it is because of something I did." She hopes that her election would help dispel stereotypes that Utah is racially intolerant. Since being first elected to the Saratoga Springs City Council in 2004, Love has developed a reputation for caring passionately about people. If someone brings a concern to her, she presents it before the council. Love said she has a simple guiding principle for governing: What is in the best interests of the city? While she is willing to give an ear to a resident's concerns, she balances it against the city's best interests.
Further supporting Mia Love's portrayal of the area as racially tolerant is the fact that Love defeated challenger Jeff Francom by a vote of 861 to 594 in a community which, according to City-Data.com, is 92 percent White and only 0.6 percent Black. In contrast, imagine how difficult it would be for a White person to get elected mayor of Detroit, which is 89 percent Black. In American racial politics, what's Black must remain Black, but what's White is always considered up for grabs. But another factor contributing to Saratoga Springs' tolerance is the city's relative "newness". Saratoga Springs was incorporated in 1997, and most of its residents are relative newcomers who share a common experience of living in a fast-growing community during challenging economic times. Thus no long term divisive group mentalities have had an opportunity to germinate.
Naturally, Salt Lake NAACP dominatrix Jeanetta Williams, who is not known to have contributed any support to Love's campaign, was quick to latch onto Love's coattails. Williams said Love's win was "remarkable" and a testament to the work others have done for a century in breaking down prejudice. She credited Love with preparing herself in advance to take advantage of the doors being opened to Black participation. But perhaps the NAACP could increase its own credibility if they would focus more on issues hindering Black empowerment, such as the 70 percent illegitimacy rate within the Black community and disproportionate Black crime, and obsess less with symbols such as the Confederate Battle Flag and "nooses".
Issues confronting Love during the next four years include broadening the city's tax base so it can better weather economic storms, dealing with growth that will come from the National Security Agency's data center at Camp Williams and the impact of the proposed Utah Lake bridge, widely panned as a "Bridge to Nowhere", which would link Saratoga Springs to Orem. As a council member, she supported the $62 million water-delivery contract the city entered into on behalf of the LDS Church, characterizing it as a brilliant long-term planning move. The LDS Church will pick up the tab for the water under the agreement, and it secures a large supply of water for the city in anticipation of future growth.
And this begs another question - is Mia Love LDS? Examination of numerous references does not reveal her religious affiliation. Consequently, she must consider it a private matter, and I would agree, since if religion should not be an issue for Mitt Romney, it should not be an issue for other candidates. In addition, while Mia Love applauds Barack Obama for becoming the first American president of African descent, she does not agree with his politics.
Take note that Utah's progressive bloggers, who claim to be so "anti-racist", have not celebrated or even referred to Mia Love's victory on their blogs. That's because anti-racist white progressives are not interested in promoting black empowerment, but only in perpetuating black entitlement. They know that promoting genuine equality would deprive them of one of their key issues - and perhaps their platform, so they promote false doctrines of white guilt and white privilege to continue to stir up the racial pot. Progressives use charges of racism not to promote dialog, but to suppress it. West Jordan Senator Chris Buttars recognized this in 2008, refused to cave in to it, and got re-elected.
I can understand why the NAACP, the National Council of La Raza, and the ADL play the race card; they're at least advocating for their groups, misguided though they be. But there is no excuse for white progressives bashing the white community - nor can there be any forgiveness for them. Because of their chronic White-bashing, Mormon-bashing, Palin-bashing, hetero-bashing, Utah-bashing, and general America-bashing, progressives aren't merely wrong; they're evil. And one NEVER compromises with evil.