Now that the midterm elections of 19459004 (19459005) are largely over and we know how the majority of the competitions got out of hand, we can look at the results and understand how the political landscape has changed and how In the two years since Donald Trump was elected president in 19459005, he has stayed the same.
I see writers, analysts, experts and regular people tweeting about the election and formulating the results as a referendum on President Trump, as if the indicator of whether America rejects the president's agenda is the number of seats, the Democrats in Parliament and the Senate. And while it is good news that the now-majority Democratic House is more diverse than ever, this is not the whole story.
The most important take-off of this election is as it revealed the multitude of suffrage choices endemic in our current system.
The interim weeks came five years after the Supreme Court disempowered the Voting Rights Act and allowed nine states, mainly in the south, to amend their electoral laws without federal approval. . This led among other things to the fact that hundreds of surveys were closed. In several states, Republican leaders increasingly engaged in obvious attempts to suppress voters, with the vast majority of them being colored. Suppression tactics included reversing districts, turning off polling stations, voter electoral voters, and creating tax revenue in the form of electoral rolls.
While Experts, Activists, and "Voters" Stress Enthusiasts alike The non-voter key to democracy-which, of course, is a part of it-is, I think, the biggest obstacle to the blossoming of democracy is not the non-voter, but the power structure that oppresses and denies the right Choose those who want to participate. We have seen it again in this election:
- A new law of North Dakota required voters to submit IDs with a street address, which meant that local voters lived in the state, many of whom lived on Reservations with street addresses are unusual and may have been disfranchised.
- In Georgia, Brian Kemp, who stepped down as Secretary of State last week, has cleared voter registration lists and discontinued 53,000 voter registrations (19459026) Black Georgians) by forcing the so-called "exact match"; Advocacy groups filed a lawsuit in October, claiming enforcement had contributed to unfair voter oppression. Numerous people and organizations, including Barack Obama and the NAACP have accused Kemp of participating in the suppression of voters. NAACP President Derrick Johnson said Kemp is involved in the "Suppression of Textbooks for Voters," with tactics aimed at "silencing the voting rights of the color communities of the state."
There, the voters also dealt with long lines and 19459304 on election day. Kemp's opponent, Stacey Abrams, refuses to admit until all remaining votes in this very close competition are scored.
- In Kansas (the epicenter of a national electoral suppression crisis ), according to an article in  Columbia Journalism Review residents had to submit documents proving their citizenship, meaning potential, for voting Voters who had registered for eligibility (as per the Motor Voters Act) as long as they provided proof of residency to produce citizenship documents that many did not have.
These are just a few examples of what people have experienced when they wanted to participate in the most fundamental building block of democracy.
And then there were violent acts and threats that led to the elections that have contributed to an environment in which many voters, especially black people and minorities, lived ups, increasingly disempowered.
While all this was happening, the president used Twitter to threaten potential voters that law enforcement agencies pay attention to "illegal voting" and that "anyone caught is subject to maximum felony penalties by law "This climate of fear was caused by a series of terrorist attacks that led to the election, many with racist motives: first, a man sent bombs to known Trump Democrats and critics, some of whom he targeted, such as George Soros and Representative Maxine Waters, both were addressed by people with racist rhetoric (Trump himself repeated anti-Semitic rumors ) that Soros paid people to enter the country illegally and he referred to Representative Waters as " low-ranking person IQ ", which was described as racist dog whistling e mail bombings quickly followed the murders of two black shoppers in a Kroger in Kansas by a man who had heard racist remarks and had reportedly attempted to enter a predominantly black church before joining Kroger , Shortly thereafter, an armed man entered the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, calling for anti-Semitic appeals and killing eleven Jewish worshipers. In all three cases, the perpetrators represented views that reflected white nationalist points of discussion, many of which found in interview points of right-wing candidates and elected officials . This type of violence is not new, but is similar to other eras in American history, especially when black Americans insisted that racial equality and voting rights are only met by violent, violent counter-reactions by whites.
In the meantime, the 2018 interim elections also showed us that candidates who are advocated by white nationalists are certainly candidates.
In fact, election results also show the persistence of hatred and white supremacy in America. Far from rejecting Trumpism, the majority of white voters in the South again embraced Republicans, some of whom advocated racism either directly or indirectly, openly or coded. Voters in Louisiana's first congressional district re-elected Steve Scalise who has referred to himself as " David Duke without Luggage ". In Iowa's fourth congressional district, Steve King, who advocated a white suprematist for the mayor of Toronto won his election. According to by Vox King reported, "conducted interviews with right-wing extremist branches, attended events alongside right-wing European groups with Nazi gangs, and even kept a small version of the Confederate flag on his desk." In other races, the candidates, who were advocated by white nationalists, also received a disturbing share in the votes of their districts. For example, when I started writing, Ron DeSantis seemed to have won the Gubernatorial race in Florida. At one point in time, DeSantis' campaign was backed by a white nationalist group that sent racist attacks on its opponent Andrew Gillum, the Black. (DeSantis & # 39; camp condemned the appeals, but they at least indicated who appealed to his campaign.) DeSantis also told voters that if they voted Gillum, they would "monkeying the situation until " , what many perceived as a racially coded warning. Following this letter the vote in Florida is retold .
North Carolina is home to a house candidate named Russell Walker who said, "God is a racist" and Jewish people all descended from Satan " received 37 percent of the vote . In Illinois, the third congressional district, Arthur Jones, a Holocaust denier and former leader of the American NSDAP, 19459004, received 26 percent of the vote in his election . In other words, candidates whose views theoretically contradict the ideals of our country were remarkably viable candidates in 2018.
Even under these conditions, which should overcome the will of the people, there were a few bright spots to celebrate last Tuesday.
I am not surprised that a system that can be manipulated and manipulated to overcome the will of the people would wear down the citizens, who are increasingly feeling deprived. And yet people did the work. In fact, all evidence suggests that people are more committed and active than ever ; It turned out that in the intermediate elections of 2018, significantly more people voted than in the previous elections without presidency. In fact, turnout in the 2018 in-between elections was higher than the turnout of all midterm elections in more than 100 years . Closer scrutiny of events in many land and local elections shows the success of the grassroots organizers who have been working year-round to activate and strengthen the disenfranchised and oppressed. Some examples:
- In Florida, the organizers were able to resolve the largest extension of voting rights within a decade, restoring the right to vote for 1.5 million people with crime.
- Voters in Louisiana crashed. a Jim Crow law that did not allow unanimous jurors to sentence people.
- In Massachusetts, voters passed a referendum to uphold a law passed in 2016 that extends the protection of non-discrimination to transgender people. In North Carolina, where I live, we successfully break the republican grip in power while at the same time builds the independent political power Black . We are dealing with Republicans who took over the state legislation in 2010 and started with the attack on voting rights in the state in 19459004, as well as with a conservative agenda including the reduction of spending on public education the expansion of Medicaid, cut unemployment benefits, billions in tax cuts, and set back hundreds of environmental regulations. The 2018 halftime election reflected the years of progressive organization in the state. I'm not just referring to the Democratic Party, but the strong network of progressive and revolutionary organizations across North Carolina. We successfully broke the republican super-majority of this election cycle and also won seats at the state Supreme Court. We also picked seven black sheriffs across the state.
Throughout the South, new fusion movements similar to those of reconstruction are emerging, calling for an end to white supremacist systems, the expansion of democracy, and a national political agenda for the working majority and not the few.
If the midterm elections tell us something, then our democracy, as it is, is in jeopardy, and there is as much work to do as it has ever done to ensure this expropriation is really the law of the country.
The reality is that we do not have to look at the results of that election to know what most Americans feel like. After all, the majority of Americans did not vote for the current president . What the election results show is the extent to which people have been able to organize and mobilize in large numbers to overcome the massive strategies of electoral reduction used against them.
With the population shift, the nation is shifting more and more to Black and Latino. The republican party sees in its predominantly white support a shrinking portion of the voters. So, is it surprising that we have seen so many cases of voter suppression tactics actively undermining the democratic aspect of the nation? As an activist, I have also seen that many of the works of fighting the suppression of voters bring to the polls the voters most affected by the suppression of voters and participate in elections grassroots organizations . While the Democratic Party says they have a plan to fight the suppression of voters in the future they could not prevent them from leading to this election, even though they did some work in court filed in 2016 filing lawsuits for suppression of voters in 2016. This, in combination with the predictable reputation of Representative Nancy Pelosi after "Two Party Business" at a President of a reporter, calls for the support of white nationalism by the Republican Party "racist" the The only hope for the future democracy is, in my opinion, an organized people's movement that builds on a local level.
No matter what the consequences look like Problems that have brought the nation into the highly polarized political state in which we find ourselves today could never have been resolved by Tuesday's elections. These are issues that have existed since the founding of the nation, including the central conflict between the ideology of white supremacy and the ideal of democracy. But numbers simply do not lie, and those who want to dominate American wealth and American institutions know that the numbers are against them. Their only recourse is to develop a white apartheid system, much like many southern governments during Jim Crow, where black populations were denied election while subjugated to the rule of the whites. I do not think they will succeed, but if the past is an indication, we can expect them to fight the changing tide with every breath of hatred they possess. The confrontation between the past and the future continues, but the mid-2018 is an important sign of where we are currently in the ongoing struggle for freedom in America. While the Midterms have led to democratic control of the House and more Dems in office, if these elections have shown us anything, it is still a lot of work on our democracy as it is now. Our work as activists and organizers continues.
Bree Newsome is an artist who garnered national attention in 2015 when she boarded the flagpole in front of the South Carolina Capitol building and lowered the flag of the Confederate flag. The flag was originally set up in 1961 as an opposition to the civil rights movement and lunch bar occurring at that time. The massacre of nine black parishioners by a white Supremacist in the Episcopal Episcopal Church of Emanuel African in Charleston rekindled the controversy surrounding the flag of South Carolina. Bree's act of defiance against a symbol of hate has been commemorated in photographs and works of art, and has become a symbol of courage, resistance and the empowerment of women. Follow her on Twitter here .
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