Building on a Deep Organizing History, Black Women Are Reshaping the Electoral Landscape
Doug Jones in Alabama. Ralph Northam and Justin Fairfax in Virginia, Phil Murphy and Sheila Oliver in New Jersey: All Democratic wins made possible by Black women's historical capacity for building organizational and structural power. This power -- which was originally cultivated to protect and preserve Black bodies, to protect and preserve Black life -- has commanded victories for the Democratic Party in 2017 and is poised to influence the midterms in 2018.
A timeline of current events centering white women would seem to light the path to these victories: Hillary Clinton's defeat on November 8, 2016. Global resistance that demonstrated the will of pink-capped women on January 21, 2017. Alyssa Milano's #MeToo tweet. But more than half of white women in Alabama, Virginia and New Jersey voted for the Republican, while Black women's votes ushered in the Democratic winners at rates above 90 percent.