The Importance of Minority Communities for Political Parties
Black women's communities have become the fundamental voting bloc of the Democratic Party in the United States.
The Woman Post | Carolina Rodríguez Monclou
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However, the issues that affect these women the most are rarely at the center of campaigns or platforms. Black women stand out as courageous citizens, resilient leaders, and strategic visionaries at the forefront of these communities' battles for a more perfect union.
Many groups have influence in politics, and all are essential to the democratic process in the United States. Movements like Black Live Matter demonstrate the significant influence of black women in politics. The three leading women who initiated this call to action were Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi.
The Black Lives Matter movement grew stronger after the murder of George Floyd. The founders of this initiative have been fighting to be heard since 2013. Their message stems from the urgent need to address police brutality. According to Mapping Police Violence research, "blacks have been 28% of those killed by the police in 2020 despite being only 13% of the population."
Black women continue to excel in the political process in the past, present, and likely in the future, outperforming their racial and gender counterparts. The United States began this decade with a record turnout for the first black president, Barack Obama, and several landmark elections at the local, state, and national levels.
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Now This Politics assures that "Obama won the elections in 2008 and 2012 thanks to black women who voted at a higher rate than any other demographic group." According to Presidential Gender Watch, "more than 70% of black women voted in 2012, white women (65.6%), white men (62.6%), and black men (61.4%) did not vote”.
In addition to representing the majority, these women voted more consistently, with 96% voting to reelect Obama. Once again, black women cast 11.4 million near-unanimous votes in the 2012 election, where Obama only won by 4.9 million votes.
In 2016, the community showed its strength in its support for the Democratic Party when they also voted in dramatically more significant numbers than their white counterparts for Hillary Clinton.
Now This News claims that 94% of black women voted for Hillary Clinton. From politicians and celebrities to businesswomen and more. Women united across the country to mobilize and secure the popular vote.
Black women's participation in the political process has garnered national attention with hashtags like #TrustBlackWomen and #BlackWomenVote.
This community leans on Fannie Lou Hamer, Shirley Chisolm, Michelle Obama, and all the black leaders who have fought for the participation of black women in politics.
When black women win, they demand meaningful action now. In the vice-presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris, the policy said that "black women are 3 to 4 times more likely to die in relation to childbirth in the United States. When the children of black women die from violence armed more than any other cause of death and when black women earn 61 cents on the dollar compared to all women who tragically earn 80 cents on the dollar, the question has to be, where have you been and what are you going to do. "
In this regard, a spokeswoman for the Black women's community told Now This News, "we need specific and intentional initiatives from the Democratic Party that will benefit everyone, but will be overwhelmingly felt by the African American community."
Being such an essential part of America's democracy, the voice and vote of black women significantly impacts the lives and futures of different communities