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Last night I was at a Black History Month event in Alabama which focused on Black suffrage and the power of the Black voting bloc. When the issue of Hillary Clinton's 2016 election loss was brought up, I spoke my piece that she'd won the popular vote but was defeated by the Electoral College decision. The Electoral College is the law of the land Black historian Ed Vaughn reminded me, and Republicans took special care to win critical Electoral College numbers in swing states like Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida, etc., while Clinton alienated critical Black voting blocs in states like Michigan by snubbing Detroit in favor of trying to win votes in white Betsy DeVos land like Grand Rapids, and by snubbing Black voters in Black suburbs around Cleveland, Ohio, while Republicans were doing their very best to make it difficult for Black voters to register to vote as well as suppressing Black votes in all of those states.
As we can see from the dramatic win by Doug Jones in Alabama in 2017, the Black voter dynamic can no longer be ignored by the Democratic party. White women voters cannot be wooed into voting Democratic even if it means electing an alleged child molester like Roy Moore or a sexist swine like Donald Trump.
The Democratic Party must be active in enabling Black suffrage by making it easier to register to vote, by making it easier to vote for working voters who often cannot afford to lose a working day's income in order to vote.
Doug Jones' win in Alabama is a lesson for Democrats. Had it not been for dynamic role of Black women voters in Alabama who refused to vote against their own interests by voting for an alleged child molester, Jones might not have won.
And, as a white woman, I often find that my own interests are more often aligned with those of the Black Caucus in Congress than they are with the interests of the DNC.