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    Blacks look to choose a bright future; some don’t see it coming through the US elections

    For the Black voters in the United States, the 2020 presidential election is a choice between the perpetuation of racism and hope for better. The present year has seen a new low in terms of racial injustice. It has seen the return of practices dating back to the 1950s and 60s.

    The coronavirus pandemic is most pronounced occurring of 2020. Data shows that Black people have disproportionately borne the brunt of the pandemic. They have lost their job and lives at a greater percentage than any White American.

    The uneven burden on Blacks indicates the institutionalized nature of racism in America. The present year has seen brutalities against the community and also a social uprising in the form of Black lives matter.

    Both Donald Trump and Joe Biden offer different standpoints on racism. They are interacting with voters on the ground, telling their versions. The voters are showing a mixed response of hope and despair over the choices they have.

    A referendum on racial injustice

    The shooting of Breonna Taylor in her apartment, the brutal neck throttling of George Floyd with the knee of a white police officer and the death of Omari Barksdale due to COVID-19 are eye-openers for black Americans. The shooting of a 27-year-old black man in Philadelphia a few days ago is the most recent case of vulnerabilities faced by the Black community in the US. This year is full of racial injustices against the black community and they are voting in good numbers to see better. The 2020 presidential election is a referendum on racial injustices.

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    Data by-poll tracking firms show that a good number of black people are showing enthusiasm in the voting process. Till Thursday, 9% of the total ballots cast were by black Americans. In North Carolina, almost 60% of registered black voters have cast their ballots in the early voting period. Groups are functional all across the country to galvanise black people to turn out in large numbers to tilt the results in the way which suits them.

    Trump won’t condemn white supremacy

    Trump’s record on racism is not very promising. In a highly controversial act, he had asked four black Democratic congresswomen to leave the US and go back to the ‘crime infested’ countries they have come from. Trump also objected the influx of black immigrants coming from African countries, calling those nations as a shithole.

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    In the first presidential debate of 2020, Trump refused to condemn the notorious white supremacy group, Proud Boys saying that they stand by. He also refused to condemn the violence by white supremacists on anti-racism protesters in Virginia in 2017. He said both parties were equally responsible. Trump banks upon his core vote base of Whites.

    Trump still claims that he has done more than any president in US history for black people after Abraham Lincoln. He boasts of his Criminal Justice Reforms and funding for traditionally Black colleges as a breakthrough measure for the black community.

    Biden learnt from his vulnerabilities

    Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden has his own set of vulnerabilities. Biden poorly treated Anita Hill in 1991, after she gave her testimony before his Senate Committee, accusing the Supreme Court nominee, Clarence Thomas of sexual assault. He also supported a crime bill in 1994 that incarcerated a generation of black Americans.

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    Unlike Trump, Biden has moved away from his mistakes and sought apology for his previous acts. He was rewarded in 2020 presidential primary when blacks steered him through nomination. Biden has understood the importance of black voters. He pledged to work for the upliftment of the community. His bait to nominate Kamala Harris as her running mate has paid well for her.

    Hope and despair

    LaTosha Brown, founder of Black Voters Matter Fund travelled across 15 states asking voters to go and vote. Their mandate needs to be reflected in the election results.

    Orlik McMillan of National Action Network has highlighted the fear that if the present situations continue, anyone can be next Breonna Taylor or George Floyd. He hopes to bring a change with his vote. He is reaching out to schools and colleges to prepare black young voters to cast their ballots.

    On the other hand, there are a group of voters, who don’t think that results will change things for them. They expect more or less the same situation with any of the two leaders.

    Jacob Anderson
    Jacob Anderson
    Jacob Anderson is Journalist and Political Analysis of Awutar. You can get him via: [email protected]


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