Let’s Not Forget The Pivotal Role Black Women Played In Getting Doug Jones Elected

"For non-Black folks praising Black women in tonight's election - do more. Support Black women."

In the aftermath of Democrat Doug Jones' surprising win in the Alabama senate race against GOP candidate Roy Moore, voting data made one thing abundantly clear — black voters, particularly black women — played a pivotal role in securing Jones' once unlikely victory.

As an increasingly popular infographic from The Washington Post shows, 92 percent of the black men who voted in the special election cast their ballots for Jones. For black women, that figure rose to an even more impressive 98 percent. Overall, black turnout was at 30 percent — two points higher than the turnout for former President Barack Obama when he ran for a second term in 2012. That's an especially noteworthy feat when you consider turnout for a presidential election is typically much greater than turnout for a special congressional election.

Conversely, both white men and women voted overwhelmingly for Moore despite his anti-LGBTQ stance, an array of racist comments, and numerous allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior with multiple women.

That's why, not long after Jones declared victory and the voting data become public, "Black Women" began trending on Twitter. Within hours, millions offered thanks to the group of people who showed up and voted for the candidate they felt would best represent their interests and the interests of the country. Take a look at some of the poignant #BlackWomen tweets below: 

However, as many social media users pointed out, it's hardly enough to simply thank black women for voting for Jones. We must now listen, support, invest in, and elect them with the same vigour typically reserved for white men.

See their observations below:

Cover image via Shutterstock / Sean Pavone.

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