On Wednesday, a leaked audio recording of Montgomery, Alabama Mayor Steven Reed dismissed the importance of the “black vote” in the city’s elections. The recording, which was obtained by the Montgomery Advertiser, shows Reed speaking to a group of Montgomery business leaders about the city’s upcoming mayoral election.
In the recording, Reed says that the “black vote” is “overrated” and that he does not believe it will be a deciding factor in the election. He goes on to say that the “real” vote will come from “white Montgomery.”
The comments have sparked outrage among many in the city, who believe that Reed is dismissing the importance of the African American vote in the city. Reed is running for mayor against two African American candidates, and the comments have been seen as an attempt to undermine their chances of winning the election.
Reed has since apologized for his comments, saying that they were taken out of context and that he was trying to emphasize the importance of all voters in the election. He also said that he was “deeply sorry” for any hurt that his comments may have caused.
While Reed’s comments have been widely criticized, some have argued that they are not surprising given the history of racism in the city. Montgomery has a long history of discrimination and segregation, and many African Americans feel that their voices are not heard in the city’s politics.
The comments have also highlighted the importance of the African American vote in Montgomery’s upcoming mayoral election. African Americans make up a large portion of the city’s population and their votes could be decisive in determining the outcome of the election.
No matter the outcome of the election, Reed’s comments have sparked a much-needed conversation about the importance of the African American vote in Montgomery. It is clear that the African American community must be heard in order for the city to move forward and continue to grow.