Tonight (December 12), liberals around the country rejoiced with Doug Jones as he claimed victory in the race to represent Alabama in the United States Senate. But no one deserves a bigger pat on the back for that win than Black women, 98 percent of whom reportedly voted for Jones, putting him over the top in a contest against a racist homophobe that may predict a more Democratic Congress come 2018.
Here, a bunch of tweets celebrating—and advocating for—the people who made it all possible.
For anyone wondering who to thank for the election of Senator Doug Jones. pic.twitter.com/OZWUN7Jy0Z— Simran Jeet Singh (@SikhProf) December 13, 2017
Thank you, black women. You saved Alabama. You elected Doug Jones. #ALSenate— Terrell J. Starr (@Russian_Starr) December 13, 2017
Dear Democrats,— Shanita Hubbard (@msshanitarenee) December 13, 2017
Amazing: turnout is at 72%-77% of ‘16 presidential race in heavily black counties, but just 55%-60% in rural white counties. Black voters punching above their weight tonight & giving Jones a chance. #ALSEN— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) December 13, 2017
Black voters just saved the entire country from having Roy Moore in the US Senate. pic.twitter.com/0mCZfU4M42— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) December 13, 2017
I hate magical Negroes in fiction but I love miraculous Black Folk in real life.#Alabama— Victor LaValle (@victorlavalle) December 13, 2017
Jokes aside, please feel free to show your appreciation for black people holding it down by doing something about voter suppression. Because it’s a damn shame we have to stand in line for 2 hours to save you from a pedophile.— Cheryl Lynn Eaton (@cheryllynneaton) December 13, 2017
Also, black women haven’t saved America. We still have the lowest net worth, high childbirth mortality, and we gotta worry about net neutrality.— Genie Lauren (@MoreAndAgain) December 13, 2017
We’re hanging on by the skin of our teeth, here. It’d be nice if #yall would get your fucking people.
For non-Black folks praising Black women in tonight’s election — do more. Support Black women. Stand up for Black women. Hire Black women. Vote for Black women.— ReBecca Theodore-Vachon (@FilmFatale_NYC) December 13, 2017