Presidential Vote 2020: Racial Justice and Economic Equity Critical Topics for African Americans

Marc H. Morial. Photo: Flickr.

Angela Lang, Executive Director of Black Leaders Organizing for Communities put it this way: “You want our vote, come get our vote.”

The nation recently experienced a midterm election of historic dimensions: more than 47% of eligible voters cast a ballot in November – the highest percentage since 1966.

Black voter participation was a significant force in driving that turnout, and in electing the most diverse Congress in history.

But, as the presidential primary cycle begins, candidates cannot expect to see an equal level of enthusiasm unless issues of racial and economic justice are addressed.

In fact, Black voter turnout fell seven percentage points in the last Presidential election, falling from a high of 66.6 percent in 2012 to 59.6 percent in 2016. National…

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