Special News Series: Rising Up For Justice! – Survey Shows Black Voters Are Fired Up to Vote Trump Out
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Introduction To This Series:
This post is one installment in an ongoing news series: a “living history” of the current national and international uprising for justice.
Today’s movement descends directly from the many earlier civil rights struggles against repeated injustices and race-based violence, including the killing of unarmed Black people. The posts in this series serve as a timeline of the uprising that began on May 26, 2020, the day after a Minneapolis police officer killed an unarmed Black man, George Floyd, by kneeling on his neck. The viral video of Floyd’s torturous suffocation brought unprecedented national awareness to the ongoing demand to truly make Black Lives Matter in this country.
The posts in this series focus on stories of the particular killings that have spurred the current uprising and on the protests taking place around the USA and across the globe. Sadly, thousands of people have lost their lives to systemic racial, gender, sexuality, judicial, and economic injustice. The few whose names are listed here represent the countless others lost before and since. Likewise, we can report but a few of the countless demonstrations for justice now taking place in our major cities, small towns, and suburbs.
To view the entire series of Rising Up for Justice! posts, insert “rising up” in the search bar above.
Survey Shows Black Voters Are Fired Up to Vote Trump Out, With Many Planning to Vote in Person
By Anne Branigin, theroot.com
[A]ccording to a new poll from the Black political advocacy group Black Futures Lab, Black Americans say they haven’t been deterred from showing up to the polls, with 81 percent of respondents saying they plan on voting in the general election.
While Black people are more than familiar with the obstacles standing between them and the ballot box—both past and present—there is a clear eagerness to vote this election: three out of four voters saying they are “extremely” likely to vote over the next month.
“What Black voters also know is that there is a power in our participation,” Alicia Garza, who leads the Black Futures Lab, told The Root. The organization is dedicated to building political power across America’s Black communities….
The national survey (pdf) attempts to capture Black voters’ top concerns heading into the November election, disaggregating this influential bloc on the basis of gender, age, and LGBTQ identity. With voter registration closing soon in many states, the data offers a revealing glimpse of Black America’s current political consciousness. Black voters are more motivated to vote Trump out than they are to vote Biden in, plan to vote in-person, and are most concerned about race and discrimination as a national issue, followed by COVID-19 and the economy.
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