After Democrat Doug Jones upset his opponent Roy Moore in the election to choose Alabama’s next senator, the celebration on Twitter featured a recurring theme: white people thanking black women for voting en masse to deny Moore a victory.
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Exit polls show 98 percent of them cast a ballot for Jones, and many election observers credited his surprising win to black women’s turnout. Most black men also voted for Jones, but two-thirds of white women and nearly three-quarters of white men chose Moore.
Black women, in other words, became the symbol of resistance in an election that captured our attention with the horrifying prospect that Alabamians would send to the United States Senate a racially divisive candidate accused of predatory sexual misconduct with teenage girls. Read more…
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