“This election is more important to Barack Obama than the 2008 election. It was to change the course of the 2008 election and make history. This election is to save the United States,” Richards said, citing concerns about racial justice and the oppression of black voters. “The racial divide that is going on, we need someone who will be a leader not only for his support, but for everyone.”
Across the country, black voters are turning out in large numbers. He says this year’s stakes are particularly high, and nothing less than his health and safety is on the ballot.
Many said this seemed like the most important election of their lives.
Many black voters say they do not trust Trump
By this fall, African American voters are running to the polls at a much higher rate than four years ago when Hillary Clinton was on the ballot.
As of Tuesday, more than 601,000 Black Americans in Georgia had voted in the two weeks before the 2016 election, compared to about 286,240. In Maryland, about 192,775 voted, compared to 18,430. And there were more than 303,145 in California – more than 106,360 two weeks before the election four years ago. According to Catalyst, the data company that provides the analysis to Democrats, academics and progressive advocacy organizations.
Keith Green, 65, went to the polls last week in Overland Park, Kansas – for a number of reasons.
“We have a racist president who lies a lot,” he said. “They keep saying they don’t trust the Democrats. I don’t trust the Republicans, even after everything that has happened with the BJP.”
Sen. of South Carolina. Several prominent Black Republicans, including Tim Scott and Kentucky Attorney General Daniel J. Cameron, have sung their praises.
Green said the Trump administration has kept him concerned about the future of his daughter and her two grandchildren. He believes Trump has encouraged white supremacists and led the country on the path to civil rights and equality.
“The last four years have been very bad,” he said. “We can’t stand four more years than that.”
Other concerns include health care and the courts
Wilburn Wilkins, 61, woke up early October, wearing two masks and heading with his wife to a polling station in Joliet, Illinois. Despite the current conditions of retirement, she wanted to vote face to face.
“We have a president who is tearing down our entire democratic constitution,” Wilkins told CNN. “A lot of people are dying because he’s ignoring the Kovid epidemic, ignoring the fact that people are lazy, need financial resources. We need change.”
Like Green, he believes the White House’s decisions have weakened blacks and other minorities.
Wilkins said, “Nomination to the Supreme Court of Rs. Connexion, stacking of lower courts to keep cronies to carry out Rs. Lesser Consideration ideas, will mostly affect black and brown people.” “They will affect things like civil rights, Obamacare – all of these things are likely to have a negative impact on minorities.”
Washington D.C. Nolan Williams Jr., a 511-year-old playwright and composer who lives in and plans to vote in person on election day, said playwright and composer Nolan Williams Jr.
“For African Americans in this country, voting is the most effective way we look at it. It is crucial for our community to translate our social opposition into political action in light of the events of this summer,” Williams said. The death of George Floyd and Brona Taylor and the ensuing unrest.
“Equal issues, including health care, fair housing, home loans, poverty, the environment, meaningful reforms in our justice system, and improvements in community policing, make this election important,” he said.
Some voters are distrustful after the 2018 elections
Ki-ki Osborne, 42, of Mablaton, Georgia, said this was one of the reasons he voted face-to-face this month – to make sure his voice was counted.
“For me, the outcome of this election will be the difference between truth and deception, etiquette and humiliation, inclusion and intolerance,” said Osborne, who works as information technology manager.
“The words, actions and policies of the current (Trump) administration have increased the margins of black people over the last four years. We need to engage in the community process because we have the opportunity to vote for change. At every level.”
“I wanted to make sure I delivered my vote in person.” “This election is so important to black people because of the recent events that killed George Floyd and Brennan Taylor (and) the way the coronavirus epidemic has disproportionately affected black people.” “This exposes the long-standing institutional racism and racial inequalities that exist in America.”
But for Gakere, the most important issue is to protect health care under the Affordable Care Act.
“We have family members with pre-existing conditions and we feel there is a risk of reversal,” he said.
With election day on the horizon, Wilkins has a message for black voters.