This Week in White Supremacy #149: How Black women organized voters to secure Joe Biden’s victory

Megan Botel, Opinion, USA Today – About 90% of Black women voted for President-elect Joe Biden over Donald Trump, making them Democrats’ most loyal bloc. For the past five presidential cycles, they have shown up to the polls at higher rates than any other group.

This year, experts say their nationwide voter mobilization efforts led to the historic turnout that secured Biden’s victory and that of the first Black, female vice president in the nation’s history.

But being the “backbone” of American democracy, an identity activists say is rooted in a history of racial oppression and gendered disenfranchisement, comes at a cost.

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  • The Root on Twitter: “Black Man Who Spent 25 Years Incarcerated for a Murder He Didn’t Commit Has Been Exonerated
  • NAR President Charlie Oppler Apologizes for Past Policies that Contributed to Racial Inequality
  • SafetyPin-Daily on Twitter: “Adrian Tam defeats local Proud Boys leader, becomes 1st gay Asian American in Hawaii House || Via: nbcnews
  • Zoe Tillman on Twitter: “New: Black voters in Detroit and a voting rights group, repped by @NAACP_LDF, are suing Trump in federal court, accusing him of violating the Voting Rights Act by trying to undermine the election results in Michigan” / Twitter
  • Khaled Beydoun on Twitter: “New Zealand, the anti-France – NZ Police Introduce Hijab to their Official Uniform
  • 2020 election brings most women of color ever to 2021 Congress – Los Angeles Times
  • Can We Make Our Robots Less Biased Than We Are? – The New York Times
  • Jackson Free Press on Twitter: “Noah Harris, a 20-year-old from Hattiesburg, Miss., has become the first Black man to be elected student body president at Harvard University.
  • 12-year-old boy genius accepted at Georgia Tech, has dreams of going to Mars – ABC11 Raleigh-Durham
  • Cori Bush on Twitter: “6 years ago today, we found out that Mike Brown and his family would not receive justice. That same night, I was stomped by police in the streets of Ferguson. 6 weeks from now, I will be sworn into the House of Representatives to legislate in defense of Black lives.” / Twitter
  • Black women continue to be the Democratic Party’s most powerful weapon
  • Ayanna Pressley on Twitter: “Black Lives Matter also means: 1) Any vaccine must have efficacy for those w high blood pressure & diabetes 2) Priority distribution to communities hardest hit by COVID-19 3) A strategy to combat Black Americans vaccine fears & skepticism because of the Tuskegee Experiment etc.” / Twitter
  • This young, Black, female scientist from NC Kizzmekia Corbett leads efforts to find a COVID-19 vaccineNIH coronavirus team | Raleigh News & Observer
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: The Ghosts of Segregation – The New York Times
  • 50% more Black fatalities from COVID-19 than to U.S. Troops of African Descent in the Civil War: Fifty percent more African-American fatalities have been caused by the COVID-19 virus since March than the number of deaths to U.S. Troops of African Descent during the Civil War, according to the new December 2020 Journal of Black Innovation.
  • Crystal Mason, Texas woman sentenced to 5 years for voting illegally, appeals to state’s high court | TheHill


  1. AMA: Racism is a threat to public health | American Medical Association
  2. No, this election did not go “smoothly.”
  3. Blacks, Hispanics and Asians are still dying from covid-19 at higher rates than Whites – Washington Post
  4. Kristen Clarke on Twitter: “This is Tagan Drone, 5 yrs old. She was diagnosed w/ #COVID19, discharged from hospital & told she’d be fine. She died 15 hours later. #rip Trump spent 3 days in the hospital-> rec’d oxygen, steroids & experimental antibody treatment. For most, this treatment would cost $100K+.
  5. Ritchie Torres on Twitter: “About an hour ago, I was traveling from the Capitol to the Hyatt hotel when a MAGA demonstrator, screaming from a microphone, called me a “homeboy in a suit.” Sorry MAGA but the name is Congressman-elect Ritchie Torres.” / Twitter
  6. Lucas Brown Eyes on Twitter: “88% of the missing children in South Dakota are Native. That’s systemic. That’s racism.” / Twitter
  7. White House killed deal to pay for mental health care for migrant families separated at border
  8. Anger builds in Black community over Trump’s claims of voter fraud in big cities – The Washington Post
  9. Some California housing policies hurt Black people, Latinos – Los Angeles Times
  10. Facebook Cannot Separate Itself From the Hate It Spreads | by Chris Gilliard | OneZero
  11. Honestie Hodges, Whose Handcuffing Changed Police Policy, Is Dead at 14 – The New York Times
  12. Black asylum seekers say Trump officials force deportations – Los Angeles Times
  13. @ananyaUCLA · It’s exactly 6 months since the #1 public university let police use its iconic #JackieRobinson Stadium as a field jail to hold #BlackLivesMatter protesters as prisoners. Hear for the first time from detainees held @UCLA & organizers demanding #CopsOffCampus #AbolitionNOW !
  14. Novella Coleman on Twitter: “.@Stanford quickly took steps to implement this unlawful executive gag order. CRT OG Charles Lawrence explains why he wasn’t surprised. #TruthBeTold #UnderTheBlacklight
  15. Prosecutor threatens charges, property ban for BLM preacher | Raleigh News & Observer
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