Politics with Amy Walter: The Impact of Black Voters: “When We Show Up, We Transform How Power Operates”

The Takeaway

When it comes to elections there’s always a key voting bloc that gets the media attention. If candidate X wins the FILL IN THE BLANK they’ll win the election.

Over the past few years, we’ve heard a lot about the Latino vote.

The white working class vote.

The suburban women vote.

But a core constituency of the Democratic electorate, since Barack Obama was elected has not gotten the same level of attention: African Americans.

Will this change before 2020?

According to the strategists we talked to, if Democrats want to win back the White House, it better.


Alicia Garza, a founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network, and the head of the Black Futures Lab

Bakari Sellers, former South Carolina state representative and a CNN contributor

Thelisha Eaddy, South Carolina Public Radio reporter

Theodore  R. Johnson, Senior Fellow at the Brennan Center

Aimee Allison, founder of She the People