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Just gonna drop this here: Trump messaged more to Black communities in this one #SOTU2020 speech than Dems have in the last 4 years. I’ve been saying this for a long time but it bears repeating — Dems cannot afford to lose Black communities, but MUST do the work to win us back.
The work that we do at the @blackfutureslab is based on what we’re seeing tonight. If progressives don’t make sure Black communities are at the core of all of our issues, we leave a lot on the table for opportunists who don’t have our best interests at heart. #SOTU2020
Taking Black communities for granted and using us for symbolism and not substance — the issues we care about, our experiences in the economy and democracy, etc — is a poison pill for progressive governance. #SOTU2020
If nothing else you should be clear now that our opposition gets identity politics very well. And they’re integrating it into their strategy. But by all means let’s keep saying it doesn’t matter 🤷🏾‍♀️ #SOTU2020
I don’t say any of this to just talk shit about the Dem Party. I say this because A LOT is @ stake and it feels like those of us who have been giving this warning for years have been told that it’s all good and under control. You can’t address a problem you won’t admit. #SOTU2020
Do Black folks see this as pandering? Some do, but some see it as attention they aren’t getting from the party they show up for over and over again but who fails to show up for us.
Just remember perception trumps facts every time. Black folks are no exception to this. After tonight Dems should be very clear — with dissatisfaction with the Party at an all time high, Black folks are not a slam dunk vote for Democrats.#SOTU2020
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