Everyone these days seems to be promoting racial equality, and discussing our politics with the language of anti-racism. Black Lives Matter seems to be on the lips of Blacks, Whites, Youngs, Olds, and everyone in between, and the cries for Justice reverberate from here around the world. The death of George Floyd was not a singular act, but was just one of many acts in a series of injustices that reach back into the antebellum age. Casual murder of Black Men in America is as old as America itself, and the rage that followed such cavalier abuse of a black body, and the smug, arrogant snuffing out of human life, was merely a reflection of the White Rage that has caused such acts to become commonplace.
This serves as the back-drop for the selection of Joe Biden’s Vice Presidential running mate. When he began his search, all of the pundits in the Very White Media had much and more to say about the necessity of choosing someone from the Midwest, from a rural state, that could bring voters from those places, or even carry a state like Wisconsin. If you read between the lines, it was clear as day what they were saying: “Black Women can’t deliver White Votes, we NEED a White Woman.” No matter how many times I pulled out my handy dandy little chart showing that reaching out to Black voters, other POC, and White Women with college degrees was more beneficial than outreach to rural White working class voters, they continued spouting that nonsense.
Since April, we have received polls that indicate much higher enthusiasm for a Black VP candidate among Black voters than if Biden chose a White VP candidate. Black PAC conducted a poll with 800 Black voters in several states that showed 55% of Black Voters would be more enthusiastic for Harris or another Black Woman, and some non-voting Black people even said they’d be liklier to vote. In June another survey showed Black Voters had higher enthusiasm for a Black VP, and in July 72% of Democrats said it was important for Biden to choose a Woman of Color. These voters indicated that they will vote for Biden regardless, so there won’t be any shedding of support for Biden if he does choose a White Woman. There also won’t be any increased enthusiasm from Black Voters–in fact, there may be the opposite. Demoralization and feelings of marginalization would be normal coming from the group who saved Joe’s campaign being told to go to the back of the line and wait 4 to 8 more years for another chance. Regardless, he’ll have our support.
Support is great.
Support, although very important, is not enthusiasm, and without enthusiastic support from the Black Community, there will not be a resulting increase in Black Voter turnout that will bring our levels back up to where they were for Obama. While some may argue that there is no evidence that a Black Woman VP candidate will draw Black voters to the polls, there is also no evidence that a Black VP candidate won’t cause the necessary enthusiasm to bring out Black Voters at 2008 levels. Because, quite frankly, we have never once had a Black Person chosen by a White Person to be their running mate for the Presidential Ticket. Not once. The one time a Black man DID have the opportunity to choose, he chose Joe Biden. Maybe Biden should return the favor.
While many Black Women are pushing for one of our own, there are some Black Women who have gotten swept up in the Leftist arms of Liz Warren, and seek to push back on the idea that Black women actually support the advancement of other Black women. In an op-ed recently, one such Progressive Black Blue Check tried out the stale idea that Warren would be better for Black Women than any and all Black Women, perhaps even including their own Mamas, I’m not sure.
From The Grio:
What’s more, the Massachusetts senator couldn’t name 5 Black people that politically inspired her, and spent years lying about her Native American ancestry. However, there are some Black people who’d have no problem with Biden picking the former alleged Cherokee over Senator Skee-wee.
These are facts that Warren supporters tend to gloss over, and if pressed, will likely simply put their fingers in their ears and holler, “RIGHT WING TALKING POINTS!!!” until their fragility causes them to block everyone, or resort to Old School Racism.
Activists Phillip Agnew and Angela Peoples went so far as to pen an op-ed in the Washington Post on Wednesday entitled: “Biden Needs a Running Mate Committed to Black Lives: That’s Elizabeth Warren.”
On the scale of hot takes, the 70 plus-year-old progressive white woman cares about Black lives more than the woman who is actually Black is right up there with Terry Crews decrying the dangers of encroaching Black supremacy and Kanye West being just as good for Black people as Biden.
This is that part where people just start lying their asses off to try to trick people into giving them the result they seek. When I ask people who say this shit about Liz having a lifelong record of being committed to Black Lives, the only evidence I ever get is told is she started the CFPB, she wrote a thing against Segregation in the 70s, and she gave a BLM speech in 2015. Also, the proof is in her plans, they say, yet they cannot point to anything specific.
One thing you’ll notice eventually is that Black Leftist activists are nearly always completely wrong about what Black Voters will do, its almost stunning how wrong their can be about their own people. Mainstream Black Dems, however, have their fingers on the pulse of the community.
“Biden understands that he’s running against Beelzebub, and he’ll get 90% of the Black vote. But I will say in terms of the level of enthusiasm, in terms of volunteering? I ain’t making no donations, or phone calls or volunteering if he picks Elizabeth Warren. I’ll still vote though.”
This is actually a common refrain from women in my circles; they will vote to rid themselves of Trump yet they resent the idea of Liz being elevated on their backs and will choose to forego the usual fundraising and GOTV operations they usually partake in. Even I have held back, and while I will vote to save myself from Trump out of pure pragmatism if the VP happens to be Warren, I will not be able to participate beyond the act of voting.
Janet, activist and consultant: “I want it to be a Black woman but I wouldn’t be mad if it’s Elizabeth. My concern is that for a lot of people they don’t just want a Black woman they want it to be Kamala. If it’s another Black woman [Val Demmings, Stacey Abrams] will all of these K-Hive people stay home? I supported Elizabeth and support her now because she represents my hopes and values.”
Janet seems to be a bit upset at the idea that a group that was started for Kamala Harris seems to support her over all other candidates. Strange. I have only encountered a few KHive who will boycott the election, and those will only do so if Liz Warren is chosen over ALL the Black Women candidates, so, Janet can fuck off with her bullshit, quite frankly. While Janet is fucking off somewhere, she can also prepare for the scenario of Joe choosing the Woman she supports, Liz Warren, by getting her ass in gear for getting out the Black Vote for Liz and Joe, phone-banking in swing states, and raising all the money we ignorant KHive peons will not be raising for her MeeMaw’s elevation to the secondary throne. The denigration and dismissive attitudes towards a group started by a Black Woman for a Black Woman, from the women who support a White Woman is not particularly welcoming and may not encourage us to dedicate all of our free time to a Biden-Warren campaign. Many of us will jump in and help no matter who Joe chooses, so it’s likely that the absence of 5 or 10 thousand women and men who normally volunteer will not effect voter turnout, and Biden will win regardless.
Sure, Biden can win no matter who he chooses, most likely, and he may not be depending on Black Voters to turn out at a higher rate than we did in 2016. But if he is depending on higher Black Turnout rates for the GE, Liz Warren as VP will absolutely not get him over the finish line, and honestly, it’s not clear what group she will draw to the polls for Joe. If they were to lose such a winnable election, the blame from the media would fall squarely on Black Voter Turnout. Since we will be blamed regardless, I don’t see why we shouldn’t be represented on the ticket so that at least there will be some reason we get the blame.