Doug Jones is a victory for all Democrats, but let’s not forget that it was black voters who delivered that victory

Exit polls from the Washington Post December 12th, 2017

I’m so happy I could burst. Doug Jones did it. He beat Roy Moore. And in freaking ALABAMA. This feeling of hope feels strange, a little like when you’ve had too much caffeine and you start to literally feel like your organs are vibrating — but in a good way. I’m unaccustomed to it now, mostly because of the shitshow that has been 2017.

The one thing holding me back from popping the champagne? The exit polls by race and sex. Sure, I saw a lot of tweets from lifelong Republicans who voted for Jones, or a write-in candidate. I’m happy that they did the right thing. But I swear to Lucifer, if at least half of the headlines tomorrow don’t read “Black Voters Elect Doug Jones, Despite Overwhelming Efforts to Keep Them from the Polls” I call motherfucking shenanigans.

As happy as I am, I’m not willing to say we don’t have work to do, because we do. Look at those numbers above, fellow white men and women. Sit with it. These are men and women who voted for a candidate that is openly racist and molested children. 100% of people should have voted against him. I get it: abortions, right? But you really don’t get to call yourself “pro-life” when you don’t give a shit if that unborn child grows up to be molested by a man who is supposed to protect her.

This is a good thing, and it’s great to feel happy about it. We won this one. But we need to keep going. This fight is far from over, and we need to give credit where credit is due.

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