Democrats Lose One Voter They Can’t Afford to Lose

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of David Harris Jr.

Over the past eight years, Democrats have lost a lot of voters. That is why more republicans hold seats in states and federal than any other time in their history. There is one group of voters, whose approval of democrats dropped from 85% last year to just 74% this year. Black women voters.  The 9th Annual Public Policy Forum on Wednesday that was organized by the Black Women’s Roundtable and Essence Magazine held a poll like they do every year but for the first time the number of black women supporting the Democratic party dipped sharply.

The poll found :

“The majority of Black women continue to believe in the Democratic Party, although the support dropped significantly in a year. In the 2016 survey, Black women overwhelmingly (85 percent) felt the Democratic Party best represented their interest.” 

Melanie Campbell, President of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation said:

“We found this survey to be quite revealing, regarding the shift in the attitudes Black women have toward the current political environment. These results may well be a ‘wake-up call’ for our mainstream political parties and the folks currently holding office.”


Saira Rao, Democratic Party supporter, social justice activist, and co-founder of In This Together Media wrote an oped:

“My own ‘liberal’ white congresswoman in Colorado has given me a hint as to why.

At the congresswoman’s town hall in February, Neeti Pawar, the brown female founder of the South Asian Bar Association of Colorado, was one of the only people of color in a room of nearly a thousand. She asked about immigration and DACA protections. The congresswoman scoffed. When Pawar pressed on, she was told to remain silent or she’d be asked to leave. During a follow-up, staffers told Pawar that civil rights weren’t the representative’s “issue.” Brown and black people don’t have the luxury of sidelining civil rights. It’s life and death for us.

And it didn’t stop there.

I was organizing a fundraiser for a U.S. senator earlier this month, and had planned to use the opportunity to highlight women of color by having black women introduce him. The congresswoman’s staff caught wind of the event and asked if she could introduce the senator. I explained my position but invited her to come as a guest. No response. When pressed on her stance on racial inclusion, her staff didn’t respond to me directly but tattled on me to the white women co-hosting the event.”

Let’s face it, Democrats don’t care about black women unless they’re illegal or gay or both.


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