‘Black Lives Matter’…
Black vote in South Carolina delivers for Joe Biden….
Black vote in Georgia help’s Biden pull off a win…
A Black/Mixed Vice President on the way in 4 years after a Black/Mixed President for 8 years…
Voter suppression efforts by Republican overran….
There is always More….
But even with Donald Trump around?
There HAVE been strides in political power for Black folks in America…
It goes without saying that 2020 ranks as one of the all-time worsts, particularly if you come wrapped in melanin. Goodbye and good riddance to 2020’s cascade of horrors: a once-in-a century global pandemic. A pandemic disproportionately slamming people of color. Worldwide recession as a result of said pandemic. Not to mention that 400-year-old epidemic—American-style racism—laid bare for all to see.
But something else happened in 2020. It saw the gestation of a new kind of Black power, the political maturation of a people who decided collectively that a change was gonna come. And that meant voting by any means necessary, damn the pandemic….
The key phrase in all these viral moments: “… to the Polls.” Vote, vote, vote. Organize, organize, organize. Black political power in 2020 was the culmination of four years of intense activism—and intense pain. It was the year Black voters finally felt their power—and the year the Democratic party felt it too. And that, as we face the Georgia Senate runoffs on Tuesday with record early Black voter turnout, could shape the political landscape for years to come.
“Black people are both taking and being given more agency within the Democratic Party,” said Howard Franklin, a Democratic strategist with Ohio River South. “And that’s a conversation that’s a long time coming. The tectonics of racial politics are shifting.”
Black Americans, deprived of the vote for centuries, have always taken that right seriously. They have also been stalwart Democratic voters for decades and helped put Obama into office in 2008 and again in 2012. But the horror show of 2020 was different—it brought a new intensity for Black voters, and a new intensity of focus on them, too.
In 2020, Black voters, particularly Black women, who vote at higher rates than men, were seen as the saviors of the party, of a campaign, able to pull off political upsets with a single bound. It was the year Iowa became irrelevant as a president maker. Instead, Rep. Jim Clyburn in South Carolina and Stacey Abrams in Georgia marshaled Black voters to deliver wins for Biden in the primaries and the general election….