Thursday's HOT MIC
Alabama Democrats want to goose black turnout next Tuesday in an effort to put their nondescript, faceless, colorless candidate Doug Jones over the top in his race against teen heartthrob (well, he thinks so) Roy Moore.
But the way they went about it shows that they haven't forgotten their racist heritage in Alabama. They sent around the flyer below thinking it would motivate blacks to go to the polls.
The reaction was less than enthusiastic:
Someone, probably a white man, thought that the image would resonate with black people and motivate them to get out the vote. It’s as if black people were considering voting for the child molester until some brilliant strategist posited, “What if he were black, though?” The flyer is reductive in its oversimplification of the black mind as only caring about black issues. While it might not be racist, it is certainly racist adjacent.
It is also the Democratic Party.
So, is it better to be treated like dirt by actively looking to oppress black people as the Democrats did for 100 years after the Civil War? Or would blacks rather the be ignored, their vote taken for granted?
Now that Dems think Doug Jones has a decent chance to pick up a Senate seat, they have turned to Alabama’s black electorate as if they were in the state the entire time. Furthermore, the only argument they have made in their efforts to convince black voters to vote for Jones is that one thing he did for black people that one time. Every solicitation is the same: “Remember when he convicted the racists who bombed the 16th Street Baptist Church? See? He’s down!”
Edward Bowser, a Birmingham resident, said it best:
Maybe it’s because, like most reasonable, thoughtful Alabamians, I really want Jones to win—and believe me, scandal or not, his victory is far from guaranteed. This state is redder than the bottom of Cardi B’s shoes, after all. But Jones’ campaign has done such a poor job speaking to the black community that my passion has fizzled. Severely. And this isn’t a new predicament. WashPo and other news outlets might now just be picking up on the trend, but black voters have long been discouraged.
I appreciate what Doug Jones did in prosecuting KKK members in the deaths of four innocent girls. But when that’s the one and only message of black interest coming from your campaign, it shows an extreme disconnect.
Racial insensitivity is not a condition confined to Democrats, but it demonstrates a very special hypocrisy because of the long history by Democrats of being a virtual one-party state that oppressed the rights of black people. Apparently, southern Democrats haven't learned much in the last 50 years.