This Is What Happens When Black Voters Are Fed Up
Y’all, we showed up and showed out. On Tuesday, Black voters around the country made it known that they want to see America move in a more positive direction.
We elected local candidates who we think will actually listen to our concerns. We told the country that we won’t stand for police brutality, racial discrimination, or white supremacy. And we said it LOUD.
Black voter turnout in local elections is usually low. However, many believe the rise of Donald Trump has pushed African-Americans to demand more from their local government officials. So, for the first time ever, we have something to thank Donald Trump for.
Follow below for some of the Election Day 2017 highlights.
We are witnessing history right now! On Tuesday, voters elected Andrea Jenkins to Minneapolis City Council. Jenkins is the first openly transgender Black woman elected to public office in the United States.
Jenkins won a whopping 73% of the vote in Minneapolis’ Eighth Ward, where she has a reputation for addressing youth violence and improving neighborhoods. Her goal is to bring resources to the city’s underserved, under-invested communities.
The town of Framingham, MA is set to become a city in 2018. To bring the transition in right, voters elected a Black woman, Yvonne Spicer, to lead the way. Framingham decided a Black woman is the best person to lead their young city to a bright future. We agree!
Charlotte, NC witnessed a 20% higher voter turnout than expected. The result? They elected a Black woman, Vi Lyles, as the city’s mayor. Lyles emerged as a leader in 2016 as the city protested the police-caused shooting death of unarmed Black man Keith Lamont Scott.
Also in Charlotte, citizens elected Braxton Winston to the city council. Winston went viral last year during the protests for Scott when he led and live-streamed the protests for the world to see what was truly happening on the ground in the “Queen City.”
New Jersey and Virginia both elected Black lieutenant governors; Sheila Oliver is New Jersey’s first, while Justin Fairfax in Virginia is the second African-American to win statewide office.
The Black voter turnout in Virginia was huge. After white supremacists mobbed through the streets of Charlottesville in August, Virginia’s Black voters wanted to make it known that they did not support people or policies that threatened their way of life. Before the election, over 90% of Black voters polled said they were planning to vote.
“With their ballots, African-American communities across the nation sent a loud, resounding message to Republicans who stand with Donald Trump and try to use his hateful rhetoric as a vehicle for political success—you do not represent us,” said Democratic National Convention Political and Organizing Director Amanda Brown Lierman.
The 2017 elections were a huge win for candidates and communities who stand against the hateful policies and rhetoric spewed by Donald Trump. However, we still have work to do. The 2018 elections are right around the corner, and the stakes are even higher.