Black People Are Not Coming to Save You

The less obvious problematic commentary on the Black Vote has been the boldness with which others (read white) are prepared to take the liberty of interpreting these actions through their own worldview. Posts surfacing on social media already exude 2020 white guilt book club-level wokeness:

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The truth is that Black people’s actions are continually circumscribed to serve as a convenient means for perpetually mending society’s unfulfilled needs. And society’s imaginings of Black life remain so small as to envision our civic action as more altruistic than emancipatory.

What is more likely, is that Black people turned out to vote for many of the same reasons other people did: they see that their core values are on the line in a way they have never been before.

Black people voted in record numbers to say no to human rights violations and police killings while reeling from devastating losses as 1 in every 1,000 Black Americans has died from COVID-19. Black people voted in record numbers to say no to senseless loss of life, lies, and willful ignorance while facing residual and renewed disenfranchisement.

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