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Georgia, Michigan Elections Raise Questions About Race and Voting

Georgia, Michigan Elections Raise Questions About Race and Voting
Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp attends the Election Night event at the Classic Center on November 6, 2018 in Athens, Georgia. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Monday, 26 November 2018 01:32 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Washington Post national desk reporter Vanessa Williams offered “analysis” Friday, with the headline saying it all. Purporting to analyze the Georgia gubernatorial race, the headline asked, “What’s up with all those black men who voted for the Republican in the Georgia governor’s race?”

Williams began by slamming white female voters for not supporting Democrat Stacey Abrams. The implication being that by supporting Republican Brian Kemp they were a traitor to their sex as well as racist.

“White female voters in Georgia showed little interest in helping black women fulfill their dream of electing Stacey Abrams as governor, which would have made her the first African American woman to head a state in the nation’s history,” Williams wrote.

She observed that 75 percent of white women were Kemp voters. Then Williams got to the heart of her piece.

She reported that while 97 percent of black women supported Abrams, 11 percent of black men supported Kemp, “a data point that drew gasps and rebuke on social media and news commentary,” she wrote.

She added that the “numbers are reminiscent of the double-digit level of support that Donald Trump got among black men in the 2016 presidential election.” Accordingly, by her own admission, Williams shouldn’t have been surprised by these figures.

Williams found support from Boston Globe columnist Renée Graham who asked, “How can so many black men still align with a party that, now more than ever, is unified by white identity politics?”

This, of course, is backwards. It’s the Democratic Party that relies on identity politics — the black vote, the Hispanic vote, the LGBT vote, the women’s vote, and so on.

The notion of race-consciousness (or sex or any other kind of consciousness) runs counter to the color-blind society envisioned by the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Graham ramped up the rhetoric by adding, “this Republican Party is not the party of Lincoln. This is unabashedly the party of white supremacy, migrant family separations, racist fearmongering, and Brett Kavanaugh.”

Actually, it is the party and the president whose policies resulted in: The lowest black and Hispanic unemployment in recorded history; that seeks to correct the migrant family separations implemented by the Obama administration; and, supported Kavanaugh when he was wrongfully accused without corroborating evidence.

Moving from the Peach State for a moment, one of the most exciting U.S. Senate races this season took place in Michigan between incumbent Democrat Debbie Stabenow and her black conservative Republican challenger, John James.

James ran a dynamic, issue-driven campaign against Stabenow, who has held elective office for 40 years — more than 20 in Congress — with no real accomplishment short of being the first woman that Michiganders sent to the U.S. Senate.

Although James, a successful businessman and former Army officer, began the campaign with a huge double-digit deficit, in the end he lost the race 52 to 46 percent.

There can be little doubt but that race contributed to his loss — that people voted against him solely because he was black.

But it’s just as racist to criticize black men in Georgia for not 'voting their race,' and it smacks of the very identity politics condemned by the Boston Globe columnist quoted by Williams.

Oliver McGee III, a former Clinton administration official who made the switch to the GOP, tweeted what he believed was really at play.

“11% Black men voted 4 @BrianKempGA’s rugged free-business policies over @StaceyAbrams’ social controls,” he wrote. “It’s self-determination & economic power with men being men, more so with cohorts of black men aiming to get big government out of their way.”

Young black conservative activist C.J. Pearson, who self-describes as “the left’s youngest nightmare,” gave his own analysis of “What’s up with black men” in Georgia.

“We’re free,” he tweeted. “That’s ‘what’s up.’”

The #Blexit (“Blacks exiting” the Democratic Party) movement is a fairly recent phenomenon, coming fast on the heels of the #WalkAway (from liberal politics) movement.

It wasn’t yet strong enough for Republicans to retain control of the U.S. House of Representatives, but it’s still growing.

In the meantime, Democrats should recognize that voting for a particular candidate solely because of his race is just as racist as voting against one for the same reason.

Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports - Click Here.

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Moving from the Peach State for a moment, one of the most exciting U.S. Senate races this season took place in Michigan between incumbent Democrat Debbie Stabenow and her black conservative Republican challenger, John James.
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