Is the Doug Jones Senatorial win only a symbolic one for the Left?
A former federal prosecutor, Doug Jones, beat former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, in a special election to fill the Senatorial seat formerly held by now Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Jones won the nod to become Senator-Elect for the State of Alabama by a one-percent margin on Wednesday.
Many progressives and liberals are rejoicing over the hair-splitting victory for the Alabama senate seat, and even gloating over the prospect they’ll have the opportunity to rub the nose of their right-wing counterparts into the political dog dropping. But what does this win really represent? Some suggest that the election of Jones illuminates a victory for the Black community and the #MeToo movement; a win against racism and sexual assault. Is this truly the case or are people being hypnotized by the optics instead focusing on the substance? Let’s take a deeper look at the implications of the voter breakdown and what it means.
Doug Jones win by Race and Gender: Black and White
In the chart below, here’s the breakdown of the voter demographic that narrowly gave the senate seat to Doug Jones:
Doug Jones beats Roy Moore by marginal votes
In this second chart (below), Doug Jones wins the 2017 Alabama Senatorial Election (run-off) by an extremely small margin; one small enough to trigger a vote recount by Roy Moore:
What the poll numbers and demographics say about Alabama voters and the country at large
First of all, it’s clear that by looking at the poll numbers that the Democrat Doug Jones won this Senatorial election by the proverbial skin of his teeth. With a margin at just over 1%, this was far from a landslide victory and it’s obvious that determination in voter turnout by the Black community played a major role in putting Jones over the top. Most of all, when you look at the demographics, the high majority of whites (men and women) voted for the Republican Roy Moore, despite the allegations railed against him, in regards to racism and pedophilia. The black voter turnout for Doug Jones was overwhelmingly in his favor; as a result, Jones rolled to victory. With all of this being said, it’s quite clear to see that the weight of voting continues to fall more along racial lines, rather than gender and sex.
Last, Roy Moore received votes from the white female majority in Alabama; Moore received those votes irrespective of the sexual misconduct claims coming out and the spread of the #MeToo movement. This phenomenon isn’t an unfamiliar one, as Donald J. Trump, now the 45th President of the U.S., received approximately 53% of the white women vote. According to The Atlantic, Trump received “45%” of the white women vote from college-educated women and “62%” from non-college educated women. Trump is also a target of many sexual assault and misconduct allegations but still received the majority white female vote. The overwhelming majority of the charges of sexual misconduct are by white women.
The lesson learned from the Alabama Senate Election
In conclusion, It’s only a symbolic win for the Left. This marginal win says more about what’s wrong with the populous than what’s right. It says that gaining and maintaining power still overrides justice, even in the event of racism, sexism, and abuse. And women are certainly no less guilty of this; black or white. There’s still a lot of work to do. A lot of work in regards to making a better country, but we all must first be honest with ourselves. Do we want justice for all or we still only want it for a select few? Until we find a way to truly come together, this divide will continue as it always has.
Electing one man in one state certainly won’t change this because, as we move one step forward, we can move five steps back. We’ve been stepping back for quite some time. The poll numbers and the demographics tell bitter truths we all need to swallow; the red pill; not the blue one. The enemy remains determined so don’t throw up the confetti yet. The war continues.
The real enemy may be the person in the mirror.