Life on the Democratic Plantation in SweetHomeAlabama
|Blacks Were Enslaved Well into the 1960s|
So basically white Alabama Democrats (and I use that term loosely) have decided Senator Doug Jones is the only candidate they are willing to vote for in the Alabama Democratic Primary and black Alabama Democrats better vote with them or else be blamed for Republicans taking control of the Senate. Where were all these white supporters for Doug Jones in 2016?
Here’s the thing everyone should know: black women are not voting the right way to save white people or to save the world. We are actually voting Democratic because we know the Republican alternative is unthinkable—for ourselves and the people we love. We aren’t anyone’s mammies or pets and we don’t go to the poll as martyrs for justice. There is no falling on our swords. We know that when Donald Trump says he wishes the police would be “more (physically) rough” with suspects, he actually means it. And we know that it will have a tangible, negative impact on ourselves and our loved ones.In other news, the fight to remove and replace the current leadership that has a documented record of fighting for inclusion and diversity, and replacing them with relative newcomers to the state and the party who won't has gotten downright ugly and nasty.
The chair of Alabama’s Democratic Party accused the party’s national chairman on Tuesday of trying to beat “Alabama into submission” by portraying the state party as in shambles, just the latest twist in an ongoing dispute between state and national party officials.
In a written statement, Alabama Democratic Party Chair Nancy Worley said there has been an all-out attack on the state party since she won last year’s election as chairwoman. She said her opponents include U.S. Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL), who endorsed a different candidate after calling for new leadership.
“From a continuous, ‘the sky is falling’ media assault on the party and its leadership, to the DNC’s withholding $10,000 per month to Alabama, they have bombarded the Alabama Democratic Party from every side” the statement released by the state party and Worley read.
That's right (pun intended) when all the fingers on the hand should be working together to form a mighty fist to fight against the Republicans, Democrats (and I use that term loosely) are fighting against each other.
“The problem is if we had not won that election … there never would have been a challenge,” Worley said. “And so it all had to do with who won and who was mad because we’ve won.”Eye guess the same person(s) who advised Doug Jones to throw his winning coalition under the bus and pander to the Republicans is advising DNC Chair Tom Perez to alienate the traditional, loyal democratic base during a critical election year by depressing the black vote.
She also emotionally suggested her opponents were undermining the legacy of civil rights activists in Alabama by looking to take power away from black Americans in the state party.
“You’re going to be burning in hell for taking away people’s voting rights,” Worley declared.
This escalated the sentiment expressed by Alabama Democratic Party Secretary Val Bright last week when she penned an open letter accusing Jones and the DNC of racism.
“Although blacks have been faithful to the Democratic Party and are largely responsible for electing Doug Jones and any white seeking office in this state, once elected on the backs of blacks, the urgency to remove black leadership begins,” Bright wrote.
“In other words, as long as we’re working in the fields all is well, but when we move to positions of authority, a challenge begins,” she added. “From slavery through Reconstruction, Jim Crow and the Civil Rights movement, we are constantly being shown how little respect blacks receive for being hard working and loyal.”
To garner party support for a run in the South, Democrats distanced themselves from liberal ideas and black voters. Perhaps the most famous example of the latter was Bill Clinton’s “Sister Souljah moment” in 1992, in which he famously lambasted an “anti-white” rapper in an attempt to reinforce his appeal to conservative whites. This came not long after he’d made a show of returning to Arkansas to preside over the execution of a mentally disabled black man. Democrats could only win below the Mason-Dixon, the thinking went, by pandering to white “swing” voters.Stay tuned for the next episode of Life on the Democratic Plantation in #SweetHomeAlabama