You'd think with all of the ridiculousness surrounding Roy Moore and his campaign, he'd have zero chance of winning a Senate seat.
Astonishingly, Moore grew in popularity and was expected to win in the predominantly Republican State of Alabama. It was especially saddening to see that people doubled-down for their support of Moore, despite the fact that he glorified slavery and wanted to do away with women's right to vote.
So it's wonderfully fitting that African American women were primarily responsible in handing Roy Moore his defeat by showing up for Democrat Doug Jones.
It's Jones: Doug Jones wins the Alabama Senate seat, swept into office by massive turnout among African American voters to beat Trump's enthusiastically endorsed candidate. Jones will be Alabama's first Democratic Senator in 25 years. https://t.co/heevVgelsi— Mark Berman (@markberman) December 13, 2017
It's the first time in 25 years that Alabama's ever had a Democratic senator and the exit poll number breakdown shows an incredible turnout from African American voters, a demographic that is usually not catered to or given a significant amount of attention from politicians.
Alabama is 69.3% white, 26.8% black; according to exit polls from @washingtonpost 30% of all Alabama voters in this race were black (and most of them voted for Jones). That's amazing turnout in the same state that has spearheaded minority voter suppression (see Shelby v. Holder). https://t.co/aNqYSxsAnu— Suraya Khan (@surayakhan) December 13, 2017
The turnout from Black voters might be enough to get Moore thinking twice about the way he handled the race. Alabama has less than half the number of registered black voters, but nearly every single one of them cast their ballots for Jones.
A fact that Twitter is celebrating.
But Twitter user and founder of the grassroots movement Moms Demand Action, has a message for Democrats: that they shouldn't just thank Black female voters in words, but in actions as well.
Dear Fellow White Women Dems:— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) December 13, 2017
Don't simply thank black women.
Listen to black women, hire black women, pay black women fairly, encourage black women, support black women, follow black women - be enthusiastically led by black women - and, for the love, ELECT black women #alsenate
And the rest of Twitter couldn't agree enough.
Users started sharing links to different organizations that help to empower Black female officials.
While others were happy that Black women were finally getting the political recognition they feel they deserve.
Told y'all to believe.We are underestimated.We are loyal, thorough and consistent.We understand double entendres and dog whistles.Our DNA has stress molecules that r attune to danger and stress.We are wired with resilience. #WeVote.we dont waiver #therevolutionwillnotbetelevised— BeingMe (@BeingMe_1) December 13, 2017
Just about everyone was in agreement though: there was no way Jones would have won such a narrow race had it not been for Black female voters, and the socio-historic and cultural impact of the election was not lost on people.
Many want to use the momentum from this election as a jumping off point for increased political involvement and awareness.
Black women are not political mules to be used every time a mediocre white candidate needs to win.— Charlene Carruthers (@CharleneCac) December 13, 2017
No amount of verbal appreciation will do us justice. Turn over the money, resources and power, then we can talk.
Trust Black women enough to donate to our campaigns, support our organizations and get out the way so we can win.— Charlene Carruthers (@CharleneCac) December 13, 2017
Don’t just thank Black women. Support them and elect them.— Sara Benincasa (@SaraJBenincasa) December 13, 2017
For non-Black folks praising Black women in tonight's election - do more. Support Black women. Stand up for Black women. Hire Black women. Vote for Black women.— ReBecca Theodore-Vachon (@FilmFatale_NYC) December 13, 2017
Maybe now politicians, especially in red states, will do more to reach out to previously ignored demographics and be more considerate of their needs before trying to same old campaigning tactics.