Doug Jones defeated Republican candidate (and accused pedophile) Roy Moore in a historic race for Jeff Sessions's former Alabama seat in the Senate. Jones's victory is not just one for Democrats, but the state's dignity — and according to polling data, black voters saved the day.
Would you look at that. pic.twitter.com/nG3WPWQpeu
— Merry Katmas (@kat_blaque) December 13, 2017
Twitter has taken note of how African-American voters overwhelmingly supported Jones in the race, unlike white voters, who stood by Moore while he faced sexual assault allegations.
— Ben (@mrbenjiweb) December 13, 2017
— OKAY... but are you happy? (@kalenstar) December 13, 2017
black women of Alabama walking into work tomorrow knowing they defeated their MAGA coworkers. pic.twitter.com/aUxxba3hkt
— . (@_Vaun) December 13, 2017
Black women carry this nation on their backs.
— Lydia Polgreen (@lpolgreen) December 13, 2017
Black women are what happens when God shows off and flexes his muscle. They will save the world if you let them. #AlabamaSenateElection
— Corey Townsend (@JarrieBradshaw) December 13, 2017
Omarosa: They sent me in to tell you, Roy Moore lost. Black people really showed up...
— Mistletoe Bleesus (@BleesusCrice) December 13, 2017
An adult Roy Moore sexually targeted white teen girls, Alabama white women voters said, "So?" Doug Jones went after the Klan for killing 4 black children, Alabama #blackwomen said: pic.twitter.com/dF7m7DWPrn
— Helena Baptiste (@sumbodysbabygrl) December 13, 2017
— Blake (@Official_Lov) December 13, 2017
The polls have unleashed a valuable discussion on the role of black voters in American politics, and how they deserve more power in government rather than a "thank you" on Twitter.
"Thank you Black voters, you're our heroes! Go on home now, we'll call when we need you again!" pic.twitter.com/QuDnYMZaYm
— Torraine Walker (@TorraineWalker) December 13, 2017
Black women are not political mules to be used every time a mediocre white candidate needs to win.
No amount of verbal appreciation will do us justice. Turn over the money, resources and power, then we can talk.
— Charlene Carruthers (@CharleneCac) December 13, 2017
TWITTER: black women!! they did that!!! yaaaas!!
BLACK WOMEN: we’d just like to say-
TWITTER: y’all need to support black women more!! let them speak!! who run the world???
BW: you can support us by-
TWITTER: [tune of ‘moon river’] blaaaaack woooomeeeeen
— demi adejuyigbe (@electrolemon) December 13, 2017
The black vote/black women's vote is a practice of refusal and a personal one. We are not trying to save America, we end up doing so in the process of refusing to allow continued assaults on our being. Black people vote to try and save themselves and their children. Not America.
— Amy Sall (@amy_sall) December 13, 2017
Framing AL election result as Black voters "saving AL" instead of acknowledging it as Black voters protecting themselves from the ramping up of a racist police state helps us avoid discussing the reality of the racist police state.
— Bree Newsome (@BreeNewsome) December 13, 2017
#BlackWomen helped elect a Democrat to the US Senate in AL for the first time in more than 20 years. But we need to do more than congratulate them. Let’s address issues that disproportionately affect Black women—like pay disparity, housing & under-representation in elected office
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) December 13, 2017
Black women have been @TheDemocrats’s most dependable supporters for decades. They were key to Doug Jones’s victory in Alabama. Activist @MsPackyetti lists concrete actions that can be taken to show appreciation, beyond the tweets sent last night. https://t.co/hwJHmyStId
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) December 13, 2017
After the voting results in Alabama, the last thing we need to do is allow the dominant society to divide Black women and Black men along gender lines. We need to focus how Black men and women can leverage our voting power TOGETHER. We fell for that gender divide in the 60's
— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) December 13, 2017
Black voters mobilized to save America from the nightmare of a Moore victory. How about some thinkpieces on GOP voter suppression and the importance of the black vote, instead of more interviews with racists? https://t.co/8woertqcV1
— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) December 13, 2017
Thanking Black women is not enough.
Trust black women.
Follow black women.
Elect black women.
Defend black women.
Support black led organizing. With $$.
Hire black politicos and staff. SENIOR positions.
Fund massive voter registration.
— Faiza N. Ali (@faiza_n_ali) December 13, 2017