“Democrats Are Ready to Abandon Black Voters, Again,” by Elie Mystal | The Nation

@ASoulAFire @JaniceOCG Abandoning Black voters is happening before our very eyes reports @ElieNYC of @thenation as @davidshor encourages Democrats to embrace non-college-educated Americans as a way of holding power.  Join Thursdays, 8 pm ET, from 1/13/22, “If America Fails?:  The Coming Tyranny.”

What if Black people and our allies took the energy we spend on electing Democrats and invested it in building a party deeply committed to a multi-racial, multi-ethnic democracy?  Just wondering.  It’s not a new idea…just one that seems to never fully pan out.

I was also wondering recently what Black Republicans must feel about the open racism in the Republican Party.  I suppose it’s not much different from what Black Democrats must feel about the open racism in the Democratic Party.  Or is it.

Whether your racism comes fast or slow, hard or soft, open or closed – what real difference does it make to Black voters?

American democracy is in crisis, and clearly, the Democratic Party is back-burnering the needs and interests of Black people…as Elie Mystal notes…again.

How do you feel about that?  What do you think about that?  What should be done about that?  Talk to me.  — LMO

A few excerpts from the article highly recommended by Our Common Ground host, Janice Graham, follow:

“We have come to a familiar crossroads of American politics.  Democrats, who cannot win national office without the overwhelming support of Black people, are facing rejection from perpetually aggrieved, poorly educated whites…a chorus of powerful Democrats has risen up inside the Beltway to tell Democrats that abandoning Black people—the very people who put them in power in the first place—and making performative efforts to win the support of racists, is the only way to stay in power…

“And Democrats are, predictably, listening. Black people, our concerns, and our agenda, are always the first ones to be thrown overboard, even when we’re rowing the damn boat.

“…an interesting profile of David Shor, a data analyst who became famous by warning Democrats that taking Black people seriously after George Floyd’s murder would lead to whites’ leaving the Democratic Party…There have been Democrats making Shor’s argument every election cycle since World War II. Black people are always told that progress toward a fair and just country must be deferred for fear of losing white voters. Shor’s twist on the classic tale is to include non-college-educated Blacks and Latinos as among those potentially willing to bolt the Democratic Party should it actually produce policies that help Black and Latino voters. But even that data point is hardly new or revelatory.

“…it turns out that open misogyny and hostility to LGBTQ rights and social acceptance has purchase in communities held together by their church and not their Starbucks.

“Predicting how a majority of white people would react to a demand for social justice was easy. Warning that a vocal minority of people of color would go along for the ride was obvious to anyone who can appreciate the diversity of viewpoints within communities of color. Figuring out what to do with that entirely obvious data is where there should be debate…I disagree with Shor not on the problems but on his proposed solutions…figure out what the racists want and give it to them…

“It’s not as easy to isolate and denigrate Black leaders for white applause as it used to be…Perhaps more troubling for the Shor wing of the Democratic Party is the fact that Black people can see what white Democrats are trying to get away with and are not impressed.  While the Times was having its grand debate about the wisdom of white pollsters, there was a five-alarm-fire report in The Washington Post highlighting Black organizers, on the ground in Georgia, who are having difficulty justifying the Democrats’ total inaction on issues of racial and social justice…

“…there’s an even more obvious problem with these type of white appeasement strategies: Democrats will never out-racist the modern Republicans in the eyes of racists…The swing voter Shor speaks of will always gravitate toward Republicans offering white pride over the Democrat offering racism as a guilty pleasure.

“…so—it’s possible to draw a completely different electoral conclusion. The only way out is up:

Democrats have to turn out every Black or brown voter they can find; they have to turn out every white college educated voter who rejects bigotry; and they have to ensure that those voters will have frictionless access to the ballot and that their votes will actually be counted…Overpowering Republicans with enthusiasm and turnout is the only way to beat them, because trying to appease them is both morally intolerable and strategically foolish.

“Shor’s not wrong about white America. He’s not wrong about non-college-educated America. He just doesn’t have any useful ideas about what to do about it.”  — Elie Mystal, The Nation

READ | Democrats Are Ready to Abandon Black Voters, Again | by Elie Mystal | The Nation | 10/13/2021



Published by Loga Michelle Odom @Odomanian

Founder/Host, Reading Changes Lives; Senior Producer, OUR COMMON GROUND Media / TruthWorks Network / If America Fails?: The Coming Tyranny

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