I have been holding on to this 2018 midterm recap waiting on the outcome of the Andrew Gillum and Stacey Abrams race. Now that those are both over, I can offer my take on the 2018 midterm election cycle. It is officially one for the books. I’m so impressed and inspired by Stacey Abram’s nonconcession speech. She spoke with such passion, conviction, and determination to set things right in the great state of Georgia. She spoke not just on behalf of democratic voters disenfranchised but for all the citizens of Georgia that experience voter suppression and disenfranchisement.
She went out as we say in the streets “swinging”. She is, in fact, ready for round two and plans to sue the state of Georgia in Federal Courts for “gross mismanagement” of the electoral process of this years election. One thing’s for sure evidence is on her side.
Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum recently conceded to Republican Ron Desantis. This race was also marred with voter suppression. In my opinion, neither candidate outright won. They cheated to earn their seats, I hope they are prepared for the drama that will most likely ensue. For the conservative Christian base who deemed this to be of God, stop it. If you got God you don’t need to cheat, whip up fear or anger, nor suppress peoples votes. Which both the DeSantis and Kemp campaign did. One day those voters will have to come to terms with the hatred in their heart towards African-Americans and how it is in direct contradiction to the chief commandment to love one another. Black men and women will be governors in the United States of America. Deal with the hate before it deals with you.
Both Andrew Gillum and Stacey Abrams are the real winners.
My hope is that through successful court litigation, banning the practice of gerrymandering districts, state initiatives that attack voter suppression, and strengthening the Voter Rights Act, that elections can be fair and transparent. Just maybe a mighty blow can be delivered to the Southern Poverty Strategy that continues to be a stronghold over “conservative” voters. The Southern Strategy “refers to a Republican Party electoral strategy to increase political support among white voters in the South by appealing to racism against African Americans”.
Despite this chaos and clear voter suppression, there were some bright spots from This year’s midterm elections. Maxine Waters is now the chairwoman of the house financial services committee. Amendment four passed In Florida. Resulting in 1.4 million Floridians having a chance to vote. Democrats regained control of the House – they have the power to subpoena and hold #45 accountable. AdamSchiff now heads Intelligence Committee – Has the ability to investigate #45. Two Muslim Women- Rashida Tlaib out of Michigan, and Ilhan Omar out of Minnesota won their races Democrat Tony Evers defeated Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
Ninety-five women have been elected to the U.S. House. Twelve women to the U.S. Senate. Nine women will now serve as Governor. Nineteen black women were elected as judges in Harris County (Houston, Texas). Colorado will pass an amendment that creates a redistricting commission (thwarts gerrymandering).
This midterm election cycle has driven home the message of why every vote matters. The need for voter reform at every level of government must be a priority.