One thing 2020 clarified was the alchemy of turning protests into votes. The November election wasn’t merely a rebuke of President Donald Trump and the party he’s fashioned in his antidemocratic image.
For many of the record 81.2 million people who wanted broad change and voted for Joe Biden, the election was also a vote against state-sanctioned cruelty during a year marked by uprisings against anti-Black police violence.
In May, following the killing of George Floyd under the knee of Derek Chauvin, people poured into the streets of Minneapolis to denounce the brutality. The anger was atmospheric: Around the country — the world — others marched in solidarity, and they continued to do so even after the media stopped their wall-to-wall coverage.
“I think that Black voters saw our votes as a form of protest,” Alicia Garza, the co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter and the principal at the Black Futures Lab and the Black to the Future Action Fund, told CNN last month.
“Black voters saw a direct connection between protesting in the streets and protesting at the polls.” Kamala Harris — the first female, first Black, and first South Asian vice president-elect — also will […]