by Kashana Cauley, New York Times, DEC. 13, 2017 (print title: “What Democrats Owe Black Voters,” 12/14/17). Doug Jones, now Senator from Alabama, owed his upset victory to Black voters (despite a state voter ID law designed to cut down on Black participation). The lesson (conclusion of the article):
…To be competitive nationwide, Democrats need to fight voter ID laws, pass automatic voter registration, restore the Voting Rights Act to its full strength and work to re-enfranchise ex-felons, who deserve to be fully reintegrated into society. Democrats should also make policy appeals aimed at black voters and support promising black candidates like Stacey Abrams, who’s running for governor of Georgia in 2018.
The Alabama election results provide a great opportunity for the Democratic Party to make a stronger effort to reach out to black voters. We are just like white voters in that we like to be courted and told that our participation matters. If Democrats want to win more elections, they have to integrate black voters into the heart and soul of the party.