I count myself among the many nervous Americans, or global citizens if you will, that waited for results of the second of two U.S. Senate races in Georgia between incumbent Republican David Perdue and Democratic newcomer Jon Ossoff. Even though my fingernails were basically gone, superwoman Stacy Abrams remained optimistic.
“With new votes joining the tally, we are on a strong path,” she tweeted. “But even while we wait for more, let’s celebrate the extraordinary organizers, volunteers, canvassers & tireless groups that haven’t stopped going since Nov. Across our state, we roared. A few miles to go…but well done!”
When Stacey Abrams became one of the most influential unelected politicians in America, despite narrowly losing the 2018 race for governor of Georgia, she changed both the trajectory and history of the disenfranchised vote during the 2020 presidential election. She has been touted as the architect of the Democrats’ unexpected victories in both of Georgia’s U.S. Senate runoff elections; she gave the party control of both houses of Congress and ensured the elections of the state’s first Black senator with Raphael Warnock and first Jewish senator with Jon Ossoff.
This doesn’t even scratch the surface of the moment when then Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., accepted the Democratic party’s nomination for vice president, marking her official place in history as the first Black woman and first person of Indian descent to be nominated for national office by a major political party.
“While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last,” said Vice President Harris, the daughter of immigrants from Jamaica and India, during her victory remarks on Nov. 7. “Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities.”
Can you begin to fathom the importance of her becoming the vice president of the United
“As a Black woman myself, I am counting on it, that we will take this watershed moment and use it as an opportunity to break down barriers for women of color,” said Dnika Travis, Vice President of Research at Catalyst, a nonprofit research organization that focuses on the advancement of women in the workplace.
Travis may honestly be right on the money. Seeing the #BlackGirlMagic hashtag sprinkled on the elections by Abrams served as the wind beneath Harris’ unicorn wings, which has all the Black women and little girls beaming with the idea of seeing themselves elected into positions of power. My melanin pops a little bit brighter, sparkling like diamonds that have been polished with Shea moisture when I see more Black women take the other office. Another jewel to add to my Sister Queen crown of righteousness came when I heard the following news.
The representation of Black women in office does not end at the White House, but extends to our local officials. For many years, Alameda County progressives searched diligently for qualified candidates that would be able to successfully unseat Sheriff Gregory Ahern and Country District Attorney Nancy O’Malley in the 2022 elections. On Wednesday, Jan. 20, San Francisco police officer JoAnn Walker and Oakland civil rights attorney Pamela Prince answered the progressive call.
According to Eastbay Express, Walker announced her candidacy for Alameda County sheriff, and Price announced she will mount a second campaign attempt to unseat O’Malley as the Alameda County…