future of American democracy, should the country ever choose to
practice that form of government, is in Georgia. In the
much-anticipated Georgia Senate runoffs, the respective victories of
Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff over Senators Kelly Loeffler and
David Perdue speak to those two particular electoral races. And yet,
the implications of these Democratic wins speak to the hope of
multiracial democracy and progressive change, and whether Americans
can have nice things.
optics and symbolism of these wins are clear, as a Black man from Dr.
King’s pulpit, and a Jewish man in his early thirties are
headed to the Senate from the bosom of the old Confederacy. On a
basic realpolitik level, these wins are significant because they
provide Democrats with Senate majority rule - with Vice President
Kamala Harris providing the tiebreaking vote - and a fighting chance
to carry out the policies of the Biden administration. Crucial
progressive initiatives such as COVID-19 relief, cancelling student
loan debt, universal healthcare, climate change, voting rights,
judicial reform and other matters hang in the balance. Senator Mitch
McConnell, the majority leader and soon-to-be minority leader, is an
evil reptilian monster who has blocked progress, shut the door on
$2000 emergency COVID payments and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act,
and would have blocked any and all legislation tied to a Biden
state with a long history of civil rights violations and voter
suppression from Jim Crow up to the present day, Georgia is the new
Virginia - once a reliably red state, but now a blue state of sorts
with the election of Joe Biden and two Democrats to the U.S. Senate.
election of these two men reflects a new Southern Strategy. Over a
half century ago, the Republican Party once cemented racist white
support for their party in the South and presided over an exodus of
segregationists from the Democratic Party. But today’s South is
different. BIPOC folks and progressive White folks are forging a new
majority for justice and equality. Black organizers such as Stacey
Abrams of Fair
and LaTosha Brown of Black
brought this victory, not for the Democrats but for the people,
through hard work in registering people to vote and protecting their
voting rights. Certainly, other states such as South Carolina,
Alabama, Mississippi and others will follow suit, as Texas and South
Carolina have flirted with the idea of political and racial
transformation and parting ways with the Secesh, the Klan and the
White Citizens Councils of the Old South.
America becomes a blacker and browner country where younger people
are asserting themselves and already a majority of children in this
nation are of color - we will see more transformation of the South
and the nation as a whole. It is fitting that the day we learn of the
good news coming out of Georgia, the Banana Republicans, Proud Boys
and other assorted domestic terrorists stormed the U.S. Capitol - a
desperate act of Trump-inspired white supremacist insurrection, and a
futile attempt to stop the Biden presidency and preserve their dear
leader. Terrorists were seen carrying Confederate
in the Senate during the coup, and a noose was erected outside the
Capitol building. As this nation attempts - or at least some people
try - to usher in a new America in which all of us are treated as
human beings, the forces of white supremacy are working overtime to
return the U.S. to the 1950s - or the 1850s.
and Ossoff represent the potential for the death of white supremacy
in America. This is why their election is so important.
A. Love, JD - Serves BlackCommentator.com as Executive Editor. He is
a journalist, commentator, human rights advocate and an adjunct
instructor at the Rutgers University School of Communication and
Information based in Philadelphia, and a contributor to theGrio,
AtlantaBlackStar, The Progressive, CNN.com, Morpheus, NewsWorks and
The Huffington Post. He also blogs at davidalove.com. Contact Mr.
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