“Democracy Demands We Participate”: Black Voters Mobilize for Midterms Amid GOP-Led Voter Suppression
STORY OCTOBER 21, 2022
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- Kimberlé Crenshawprofessor of law at UCLA and Columbia University, and co-founder and executive director of the African American Policy Forum.
- Barbara Arnwinecivil rights attorney and advocate, and the president and founder of the Transformative Justice Coalition.
Image Credit: Julia Sharpe-Levine
We speak to law professor Kimberlé Crenshaw and civil rights attorney Barbara Arnwine, who are on an Arc of Voter Justice bus tour of 26 cities across the country to increase Black voter turnout at critical midterm elections in November. They discuss fighting voter suppression and racial gerrymandering, and the high stakes in states where Republicans have instated bans on what they describe as critical race theory. “African American voters are key to all these races,” says Arnwine. “They’re going to vote what’s in the best interests not only of their community, but the entire nation.” Crenshaw says she is handing out banned books and education to voters because “when racism is unspeakable, then democracy — a full multiracial democracy — is unachievable.”
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