The special election for the US Senate in Alabama which took place last night on December 12, 2017, to fill a vacancy arising from the resignation on February 8, 2017, of Jeff Sessions, to serve as U.S. Attorney General was indeed a “stunner”.
In a surprising setback for the Republican Party, Democrat Doug Jones was elected Alabama’s next senator, flipping a very red state after a grueling, contentious campaign which featured the expanding power of sexual misconduct allegations and the limits of President Trump’s political influence.
Jones’s victory in a part of the deep South which has not elected a Democratic senator since the early nineties, was a significant rebuke of his opponent, Roy Moore, a controversial former state judge twice removed from office. Moore vehemently denied allegations he made sexual advances towards teenage girls when he was in his early thirties and further described his campaign as a “spiritual battle” against a conspiracy of Republican and Democratic leaders in Washington.
So why did black women overwhelmingly vote for Doug Jones? In a nutshell…
Black women don’t possess the privilege nor the luxury of voting for blatant racism, discrimination, bigotry, xenophobia, sexism or misogyny. This would literally be a suicide mission. Our vote for a Doug Jones is about our quality of life and survival in America.
What’s the matter with white women?
Nearly two-thirds of white women voted for Moore, despite a campaign which was riddled with allegations of child molestation. Just over 50% of white women with college degrees also backed Moore while over 70% of white women without college education voted for Moore. These numbers mirrored a similar statistical breakdown for President Trump.
The metrics of this race, makes it quite clear who the keepers of our democracy will be and who they won’t be. Further, Democrats MUST stay true to it’s base which is largely black women instead of trying to appeal to voters whom are only interested in preserving white privilege and supremacy while pretending to be economic populists. Anything less than this is definitely a losing strategy for Democrats in 2018 and beyond.