In the Heart of Dixie, Black Women Said, “No Moore!”

 

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.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/doug-jones-black-voter-turnout_us_5a311f3be4b01bdd7658d464

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/12/13/twitter-thanks-blackwomen-voting-democrat-doug-jones-alabama-senate-election/947403001/

http://www.newsweek.com/who-voted-doug-jones-black-women-supported-democratic-senate-candidate-98-746358

https://www.vox.com/identities/2017/12/13/16772012/alabama-election-black-women

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/politics/a14425349/doug-jones-black-women-voters-alabama-senate/

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/alabama-senate-election-roy-moore-black-female-voters-doug-jones-democrats-republicans-donald-trump-a8107041.html

http://mashable.com/2017/12/13/alabama-roy-moore-black-women-doug-jones/

 

 

 

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About TheQuirkyEccentric

The Quirky Eccentric is an author and licensed registered nurse in the state of Florida with over 15 years of experience in multiple areas of the healthcare industry. I received my Associate of Science in Nursing from Florida Community College at Jacksonville and my Bachelor's Degree from Jacksonville University-news/politics junkie, urban, Mama's girl, cat woman, socially lazy, loner, liberal. I firmly believe you can learn something from anybody, I respect people from all walks of life, equality for all. Check out my page on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B073YKYGL7
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5 Responses to In the Heart of Dixie, Black Women Said, “No Moore!”

  1. Boujeeratchademic says:

    Love the title of this post. It really captures the essence of this whole story. Because like you said, we don’t have the option of just letting bigotry reign.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. bethanyk says:

    2/3 white women voted for him….shaking my head. How repulsive.
    Thankfully those with good sense voted the right man in!!!!!

    Like

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