Democrat Joe Biden won the election battlefield in Michigan, the third state President Donald Trump made in 2016 that the former vice president ousted. (November 4)
As the presidential elections unfold over the past two days, Crystal Webster heard colleagues in the academic world and white progressive friends express their frustrations that President Donald Trump initially took the lead. leaving early and is still in distance with Wednesday’s re-election.
Webster, an assistant professor of history at the University of Texas at San Antonio who specializes in race relations, is hardly surprised at the level of support despite Trump’s polls, even amidst Trump’s polls. pandemic scene and economic recession.
“For people of color, like me, who have lived in this reality for a while, we have a more skeptical view,” said Black Webster.
The protest against racial inequality and injustice has grown across the United States following the death of George Floyd, and also renewed momentum following the fatal shootings of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, Raising hopes for big changes in the way America deals with race.
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Many expect those changes to begin with Trump’s refusal to vote, who during his tenure attracted white patriots and far-right groups like the Proud Boys, whom he advised. should “stand and stand by” in the first presidential debate.
Instead, Trump defied predictions that left him 8-10 percentage points behind in the general election and lost most of the battlefield states – possibly even defeated. Instead, he led what was likely to have strong support from white voters to the finish line in the race against Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
Contrary to what some Republicans feared, Trump did not pull down the ballot and the GOP appeared ready to maintain control of the Senate.
Webster found the notion that about half the country supported Trump’s stance as “very alarming”, and was worried about her loved ones living among those who shared those ideas, even as Biden. finally win.
“It feels as though we’re having a backlash to our racial progress,” Webster said. “I think some of this is a backlash against President Obama’s election and the changing demographic of this country, and even the mobilization of the progressive movements that we have. spend this summer with Black Lives Matter. I think the Trump facility has actually mobilized that and has carried out its call and accepted white supremacy without his flinch. ”
Webster notes that there have been no elections historically that have denied white supremacy in a country where whites make up about 62% of the population and control most of the levers of power.
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According to CNN polls, 1 out of 3 voters ranked economy as their top concern, with racial equality ranked second but significantly farther away, for every 5 people. called the top issue.
Alvin Tillery, director of the Center for Diversity and Democracy Studies at Northwestern University, said he did not expect widespread calls for a systematic end to racism resounding through the seasonal demonstrations Summer will be delivered to the ballot box.
“I have always been in doubt about the transition of Millennial activism and Generation Z activism into votes, ” says Tillery. “For them, protest, vote and post online, it’s all in the same field. So you can have people who have been out and protesting for 30, 40, 50 days, but not voting. ”
Tillery says the polls show Millennials – people between 24-39 years old – take 18-25% of the vote and will need to raise that number to almost 40% for Biden to win. battle some people predicted.
However, Tillery was supported by black voters who were believed to have played a key role in the Democrat victory in Michigan – with almost 90% of the vote for Biden – and yes could help the party topple Georgia.
While votes are still being counted in key states like Pennsylvania, Arizona and Georgia, the Black Lives Matter Global Network released a statement from chief executive Patrisse Cullors.
“We have to fight to make sure every vote counts, because there is so much risk to Blacks and so,” Cullors, who highlighted the election wins of Black candidates across the country. Our movement must stop fighting. “We don’t know who won the presidential race, but we can celebrate the victories that have allowed us to put power back into the hands of the people. ”
That’s how it is supposed to operate in a democracy, but the Tillery warns that its US version will continue to be dragged down by the country’s deep divisions, including race but also party. extremists and urban versus rural perspectives.
“It will be really hard to maintain multiracial democracy together if we have this deep polarization,” said Tillery. “That is worrying, though I think Biden will take power. ”
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