team, I must confess that i expected Moore to win Alabama’s
special Senatorial race. As a result, I was shocked this morning
when I awakened and received a text from one of my best friends
celebrating Moore’s defeat. I immediately went to msn.com to
read about the election results.
I subsequently went to Facebook i saw a posting from an African
American who was, in effect, treating the Jones victory as a victory
for white people, i.e., that African Americans had placed no demands
on the campaign and we gained little from the victory.
struck me about the results–besides the fact that the election
was so close–was that initial analyses indicated that African
American turnout was comparable to 2008 and 2012, In other words,
Presidential years when Obama ran (and won). African Americans in
Alabama understood what was at stake in this election and this
turnout demonstrates that, under the right circumstances, voters who
normally don’t vote in non-Presidential elections can be
Jones a revolutionary? Certainly not. But the election was not a
choice between revolution and counter-revolution. It was an election
against misogynism, right-wing populism, irrationalism and racism.
It’s significance cannot be underestimated given Alabama’s
history as a home of the former Confederacy and a state that voted
for Trump by an overwhelming margin.
the book is not closed, and not simply because there will inevitably
be a recount. What is so essential is the building and
strengthening of progressive organizations in Alabama that can take
advantage of the voter mobilization toward the achievement of longer
term, progressive strategic objectives. There are organizations
popping up all over the country that are advancing progressive
electoral work with an “inside/outside the Democratic Party”
orientation that are making a difference. My hope is that such
organizations will proliferate in Alabama.
to the people of Alabama who have rejected irrationalism! The war,
however, is far from won.