Lesley McSpadden, a 39 year old, is among three candidates that are currently running in Ferguson’s 3rd Ward. She is facing up against Fran Griffin and Keith Kallstrom.
She is more politically active than ever after continuously bringing forward racial arguments and indicating that the majority of the white population of the entire nation is apparently racist, all on the heels of her son, Michael Brown, who was shot by a white police officer on August 9, 2014. This led to protests where she was actively involved for the better part of a year.
“I wanted to go back and do something right in a place that did something so very wrong to my son, and I think that’s what my son would want as well,” McSpadden said.
She has been at the center of the national Black Lives Matter movement and pushed hard for Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016.
When it comes to police accountability, she said: “I think they should work much harder to prove that they are there to protect and serve, because no one believed that in August 2014 and people are still skeptical.”
While protecting and serving is indeed a requirement and an agreeable one for just about every American regardless of race, Lesley has continued to turn it into a race comparison by repeatedly indicating that race is the sole reason behind her son’s death, and it was not related to his previous crimes that night which included robbery.
According to ABCNews, “Not everyone believes she’s ready for a council seat. LaTasha Brown, president of the Southeast Ferguson Neighborhood Association, said she was concerned that McSpadden has largely run for office from afar rather than getting in touch with the community.”
“The 3rd Ward needs somebody who’s going to mingle with the people,” Brown said. “You can’t make change from a distance. If you don’t know what your constituents are going through, if you’re not there to hear what they’re saying, how can you lead these people and make decisions for these people?”
Kallstrom, her opponent, would like to increase funding for the Ferguson Police Department “to get their pay up to where we will quit losing officers to better-paying agencies.”
“I wanted to come back to a place that caused me so much pain and did me so wrong, and to do something right,” McSpadden said. This may be a call for vengeance as she could have the direct capability to influence the police department greatly, and hold people “accountable” in her mind for events that happened to her son. This may be too large of a conflict of interest for someone who may not be ready for this office.
I know I wouldn’t be ready if I was in the same position.