U.S Election: Black Americans Agitated With Black Lives Matter Movement And The COVID-19 Pandemic Are Going En-Masse To The Polls

by Duke Magazine

Black Americans, motivated by the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, the coronavirus pandemic, and largely, President Donald Trump’s entire first term, have been voting in record numbers.

Many Black Americans have sat and stood outside of polling locations for hours to vote in-person due to doubts about mail-in and absentee ballots.

“The pandemic did not scare me,” Dave Richards told CNN. “The way that 45 (Trump) was talking about mail-in voting and lying about it, I wanted to do it (vote) in person.”

According to Catalist, a data company that provides analytics to Democrats, academics, and political organizations, more than 601,000 Black Americans have voted in Georgia. In Maryland, more than 190,000 Black Americans have voted and in California, more than 303,145 Black Americans have voted. In 2016, voting totals in all three states at this time were significantly lower.

Meanwhile, President Trump continues to claim that he has done more for Black Americans than any president since Abraham Lincoln, however, his four years in office have been with the peculiarity of his racial separatism. 

Between the Charlottesville incident in 2017, Trump getting former National Football League (NFL) quarterback Colin Kaepernick blackballed from the league for his anthem protest, and his shocking inability to condemn White supremacy, Trump has largely fought against Black Americans. Trump also has repeatedly attempted to tear down everything former President Barack Obama has done including the Affordable Care Act, which is still in danger due to Trump’s newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett. Many Black Americans believe this election is the most important in the country’s history and their last chance to save it.

Additionally, many Black Americans still remember what happened to Stacey Abrams in 2018. Abrams, the Democratic candidate for the governor of Georgia, lost by less than 60,000 votes amid widespread voter suppression by then-State Secretary Brian Kemp who ran against Abrams.

In furtherance, Politico reports since October 12, the first day of early voting in the state, a staggering 2.7 million voters have voted, an approximate 110% increase from 2016. Democrats in the state are also organizing caravans, volunteering as election workers, and serving as poll watchers.

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