When Black Women Rock the Vote

Let’s be clear, the black vote is crucial in each and every election. And as history has shown, when it comes time to vote, black women get the job done.

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“The black woman’s voice is, in fact, the black vote,” said political commentator Symone Sanders. “I know the political apparatus or many folks in the media just woke up to the prowess and the power of black women. But to be clear, there is no blue wave in 2018 without black women.”

November marks the 2018 midterm elections in the United States. With black women like Stacey Abrams and Ayanna Pressley running, we hope to see history made before our eyes.

“This midterm election is monumentous, it’s monumental, it’s massive, and it’s a must. We’re all at risk, we’re all under fire, all under assault here politically,” said history-making director Ava DuVernay.

As The Root staff writer Anne Branigin noted, black women have transformational power. Just look at Alabama—you’re very welcome, Doug Jones.

“Black women always show up. So it’s not even a question. You need to ask the white women who didn’t show up last time what they’re doing,” said DuVernay.

The Root took to the Black Girls Rock! red carpet to ask your faves about the importance of the black woman’s vote. See the entire video above.

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Black Girls Rock! airs Sunday on BET.

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DISCUSSION

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In general, women vote more than men. Black women vote more than white women. Both vote more than black and white men. Voter turnout in general is still way too low in the US compared to other countries though, and basically half of all eligible voters don’t vote.

While I agree with the general gist of what you mention in your article (yes, white women have a lot to answer for, and yes Democrats have a huge debt toward black women), there are a lot of inaccuracies and the article you link to to in the post above doesn’t include data from the last election, which seems odd considering that data is available. In the 2016 election, black voter rates dropped, falling below that of whites for the first time ever. White women voter rates actually increased in the last election. Obviously, they voted wrong since 53% voted for Trump but this is about showing up to vote. And if you’re writing an article about that, you should at least have updated data and real numbers that show what happened during the last election, no?

The voter turnout rate among women was 63.3% in 2016, mostly unchanged from 63.7% in 2012. The rate increased among white women, to 66.8% in 2016 from 65.6% in 2012. But it decreased among black women (64.1% in 2016 versus 70.7% in 2012). Among Hispanic women, the turnout rate stayed flat: 50% in 2016, compared with 49.8% in 2012. Meanwhile, among men, the voter turnout rate stayed flat (59.3% in 2016 versus 59.7% in 2012), trailing the rate among women.”

More info here: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/05/12/black-voter-turnout-fell-in-2016-even-as-a-record-number-of-americans-cast-ballots/