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Election 2020

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Stacey Abrams, former candidate for Georgia governor, speaks at campaign event for Rev. Raphael Warnock, Democratic candidate for Georgia senate. Photo: Tom Williams/Getty Images

Mobilizing Black voters continues to be crucial and yet somehow elusive to many candidates in key states.

As Jewel Wicker writes for ZORA, “For many organizations and grassroots organizers, mobilizing Black voters in the South — which helped a state such as Georgia vote for a Democratic president for the first time since 1992 — has been a decade’s worth of work. But, organizers say tactics to get out the vote don’t differ much than it would for mobilizing Black voters elsewhere.”

All eyes are on the Georgia runoffs, which in January will determine the majority of the U.S. Senate…


Former House Minority Leader and Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams spoke with the New York Times about the struggle to organize progressive support in her state.

She details the Democratic losses…


Acknowledging their work is a good start, but it’s not nearly enough

“And while it’s important to acknowledge the work Black women have done and continue doing, we can’t just keep simply thanking them every time they come through for us. Appreciation is meaningless if it doesn’t come with something tangible and transformative. What are we going to do to show them that they are appreciated and valued beyond the labor they can do for us. Congratulations aren’t enough. Especially when the same people thanking Black women are turning around and posting Meg Thee Stallion memes and harming women in their own lives.

We need to create a world in which Black…


There’s still much work to be done, but we can celebrate Biden’s presidential victory

“The joy many feel — especially Black Americans — is not rooted in some idyllic, fairy-tale fantasy. Biden stepping into the role of president is not the answer to all…


It’s not on the former first lady — or Black women— to fix the nation’s problems

A person watches former First Lady Michelle Obama speak during the opening night of the Democratic National Convention.
A person watches former First Lady Michelle Obama speak during the opening night of the Democratic National Convention.
A person watches former first lady Michelle Obama speak during the opening night of the Democratic National Convention on August 17, 2020. Photo: Chris Delmas/AFP/Getty Images

In a post-election interview for Vulture, filmmaker Michael Moore suggested that Democrats would have scored a more decisive victory against President Donald Trump if they’d run former first lady Michelle Obama as his opponent:

Nominate Michelle Obama. Draft her for the good of the country, and tell her we’re really sorry, because we know how much you don’t want to do it.

Though complimentary in spirit, Moore’s remark underscores a pervasive—and toxic—tendency among White liberals in the U.S. to place the implicit burden of the nation’s democracy on Black women’s shoulders.

To be sure, Black women have played a critical…


Don’t expect us to lower the volume while celebrating this victory.

“For the last four years, you’ve been scolding protesters. You’ve insisted we respect the president and give him a chance, suggesting our patriotism depended on an unwavering loyalty to him…


Trump received almost 70 million votes. Some of those included people who you consider to be partners in the fight against anti-Black racism.

“When I imagined this moment four years ago, of a Trump-less presidency, it didn’t feel like this. This feels like winning a fight that was unnecessary, full of pointless, permanent scars. But another realization swept over the country like the blue wave that never came: Trumpism is here to stay in America. When all the votes are counted, Donald Trump will end up with somewhere around 70 million votes. Over half of all White people in this country, knowing exactly who he is, decided to re-up. And now we know that this is the very best White Americans have to…


Here’s what the Southern Poverty Law Center had to say about the Biden-Harris win

Celebration over Biden’s win.
Celebration over Biden’s win.
People react as media announce that Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden has won the 2020 U.S. presidential election during a rally for a fair vote count in McPherson Square. Photo: Yegor Aleyev/TASS/Getty Images

Several organizations sent out messages about the Biden-Harris win for the 2020 United States presidential election. The SPLC, however, specifically called out the White supremacy stoked by the presidency and what needs to happen to temper it as the nation looks to new leadership in 2021.

Here is the full statement provided by SPLC president and CEO Margaret Huang:

The American people have spoken and they have chosen their new president. By turning out in record numbers for this historic election, voters have given us so much hope for the future of our country. …

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