Failed Violent Insurrection
On January 6, Trump supporters stormed the United States Capitol building in an attempt to undermine the democratic process and keep their chosen candidate in power. They failed because consensus was not built in the right places to support what they wanted to do: overturn the election results. 70 million people voted for President Trump, and even though they did so at the expense of democratic norms, it still was not enough for them to maintain their grip on power.
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Voting Alone Is Not Enough
Voting in and of itself will not accomplish the political objectives needed to end our shared and continued social marginalization. It is viewed by too many of us–incorrectly–as being the panacea to our political and economic disenfranchisement, and is the reason why so many of us no longer vote; we feel it has not yielded constructive results. But voting in and of itself is not the problem; the problem is our ineptitude at effective, political engagement. The paragraphs below highlight what we need to do to effectively engage in politics so that our votes are effective at enacting legislation and policies that support our political objectives.
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Social Media For Political Empowerment
Black people, like all other groups, have taken to social media. It is an essential way in which we communicate.
Like other groups, we use social media to socially connect with others, but what are some of the things we are socially connecting over: news, music, gossip, celebrity, conspiracy, activism? We are barely connecting over, if at all, efforts to form effective, political blocs.
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