We are in the midst of primary season. With just a few months until the midterms, there is dramatic potential this year to elect a record number of women to office, including many black women and other women of color. There is also a great opportunity for women of color — along with other voters of color — to not only elect these leaders, but to take back this country by turning traditionally red states blue.
As Alabama’s December special election between Doug Jones and Roy Moore showed, when black women turned out in droves to elect the state’s first Democratic senator in 25 years (and helped avoid letting an accused child molester into office), the collective votes of this group can turn the tide in our nation’s politics. Leadership from women of color is emerging as what may be the strongest counterpoint to Trump-era politics. By the chairman of the Democratic National Committee’s own admission, black women have been the “backbone of the Democratic Party” for decades yet have received scant recognition for their service and roles. (Still, the organization announced this year that it will endorse a slate of nearly all-white Congressional candidates.)