A brand new report is shedding perception into the political views and aspirations of greater than 31,000 Black voters because the nation prepares for the 2020 elections.
Alicia Garza, who co-founded the Black Lives Matter motion in 2013 and is now a principal with the Black Futures Lab, launched a report titled “Extra Black Than Blue: Politics + Energy within the 2019 Black Census.”
It’s the primary in a sequence of stories billed as the biggest survey of Black individuals carried out in the US since Reconstruction. The doc was printed in partnership with Coloration of Change, Demos, and Socioanalítica Analysis.
The Black Census Mission (to not be confused with the U.S. Census), launched in early 2018 with an formidable agenda to ballot tens of 1000’s of numerous Black individuals. Respondents embody voices not at all times represented in conventional survey methodologies, together with LGBTQ individuals, at present and previously incarcerated people, Black immigrants, the homeless, Black conservatives, and combined race individuals with a Black mother or father.
The report confirmed that respondents had been strongly aligned with key Democratic coverage priorities, equivalent to closing vital gaps in high quality of life by way of a residing wage, high quality public training, and healthcare. However the findings additionally confirmed that sentiment doesn’t translate to instant, strong assist for the get together or sure candidates.
To place it bluntly, greater than half of Black Census respondents mentioned politicians don’t care about Black individuals.
BET lately spoke with Alicia Garza by telephone. The interview has been edited for size and readability.
BET: Why this report and why now?
Alicia Garza: I’m nonetheless shaken by the outcomes of the 2016 election. And one of many issues that was actually difficult for me, significantly throughout that course of was definitely that when once more we noticed not solely the misalignment or the assaults on the rising motion to make Black Lives Matter, however on the similar time we had been seeing an actual lack of deep and trustworthy and significant engagement with Black communities who had been in an uproar for a number of years at that time concerning the circumstances in our communities. And oftentimes I might say to candidates and to individuals who inquired, Black individuals deserve the issues that each one individuals deserve and albeit we’re being shortchanged by seeing candidates who need our votes on discuss reveals however not having them convene city halls on points which can be essential to us.
BET: The press launch concerning the report had a quote through which you famous the playbook for reaching Black voters is typically insincere, even embarrassing?
AG: Oftentimes I might really feel like [candidates and consultants] can be like `Yeah, yeah, no matter, that is how we at all times interact Black voters.’ And actually made loads of assumptions that Black voters had been going to go alongside to get alongside it doesn’t matter what. And if 2016 wasn’t the impolite awakening that folks wanted, I don’t know what’s.
I desire a candidate that may not solely interact and encourage Black communities—despite the fact that Black communities turned out in drive in 2016 it was definitely decrease than the earlier elections. So for me this challenge and the Black Futures Lab as a complete is admittedly an extension of the final 5 years of organizing and mobilizing and protesting. And what I do know and what we all know is that Black communities need to be highly effective in politics. Our job with the Black Census challenge and definitely with the Black Futures Lab is to make it possible for Black communities have the instruments that we should be highly effective in each side of our lives, making politics no exception.
BET: You may have many collaborators on this nationwide.
AG: So we determined that this may be a challenge that we hoped would contribute to a bigger motion. And we conspired with Coloration of Change, Demos and Socioanalítica Analysis — these powerhouse organizations — and likewise collaborated with greater than 30 grassroots organizations, equivalent to PushBlack, throughout the nation to achieve Black communities who are sometimes marginalized.
One, we wished individuals to grasp that Black communities are complicated. At any vacation gathering you see this. We bought our bougie cousins, cousins within the hood, the Black Energy uncle, now we have a large span of identities and experiences. If political campaigns are participating Black individuals as they’re [currently doing], they can’t hope to achieve success.
Look: when are [candidates] gonna transfer previous this fried hen dinner image and go away the recent sauce alone and get on with the purpose? Black individuals don’t care if in case you have scorching sauce in your purse. We care about our points. How can we maintain a household; we care about accessing reasonably priced well being care. We care about ensuring that now we have entry to training and might ship our youngsters to school. Let’s really take care of the problems that Black of us are being impacted by.
BET: What’s subsequent?
AG: Our subsequent stories — one is forthcoming in June — will take a look at points from the attitude of the LGBT group, gender and millennials.
Right here [https://blackfutureslab.org/black-census-project-2/] are different key findings from the report:
Low wages are thought of probably the most urgent amongst Black Census respondents, with 90% viewing it as an issue, together with 85% who take into account it a significant downside.
Greater than three-quarters assist rising taxes on people incomes $250,000 or extra.
Practically half (48%) report residing in a family that lacked sufficient funds to pay a month-to-month invoice within the final 12 months and 31% reduce on meals to save cash.
Political & Civic Engagement:
73% of respondents report voting in 2016 and a 3rd (34%) of respondents additionally report participating in different electoral exercise, i.e. fundraising, volunteering, and/or canvassing.
Regardless of the notable stage of electoral participation, 52% of respondents say “politicians don’t care about Black individuals and pursuits.”
62% of Black Census respondents have a good view of the Democratic Celebration (in comparison with simply 6% with a good view of the Republican Celebration), however a fifth of respondents have an unfavorable view in direction of the Democratic Celebration.
87% of respondents take into account law enforcement officials killing Black individuals an issue locally; moreover, 84% % say that law enforcement officials not being held accountable for his or her crimes is an issue.
Greater than half (55%) of respondents have personally had a adverse interplay with the police sooner or later, and 28% of these describing a adverse encounter with police within the final 6 months.
81% strongly assist Black Lives Matter, which is about the identical score as former President Barack Obama.
73% of Black Census respondents imagine community-police relations might be improved if police are held accountable for his or her misconduct.
84% assist restoring voting rights of previously incarcerated individuals whereas 63% strongly assist it.