5 things we know for sure
Hi ZORA Fam,
In the chaos of election day, I got a frantic call from a friend telling me she was terrified. She had a good reason to panic. The projections of how close the race is between Biden and Trump is really disappointing and it’s kinda scary to see how many people in the country are willingly endorsing a lying, misogynistic, racist.
But in an effort to calm my friend down, I told her to take a deep breath and focus on the things she knows to be true. To remember all she’s survived up to this point and all she will continue to overcome. We should all take some time to calm down, step back and look at the things we know right now:
1. We’re still counting votes.
Patience is a virtue. While day-of votes have been locked, mail-in ballots are still incoming and still being counted. Things are changing very quickly but things can still change. We have to let the process play out.
2. The way we do elections in this country is outdated.
The Electoral College has usurped the popular vote in two elections from the last 20 years. The Electoral College is racist and has gone against what the majority of the country really wants. It’s the first of many things that need to go in election reform.
3. Latinx and Hispanic voters are not to blame for election results.
The Latinx community is not a monolith. There are Democrats, Republicans, and Independents in this voting bloc just like any other. Besides, instead of pointing fingers at communities of color for not swinging an election, perhaps we should look to white American traditionalists, who have overwhelmingly voted against the best interests of the nation.
4. The work doesn’t stop after the election.
Don’t get it twisted. Red states don’t just “turn blue” by accident. It takes local politicians and grassroots organizers (especially those in the south) doing the hard work to change the minds and votes of staunch racists. They’ve been doing the work and will do it for years to come.
5. We’ll be okay.
As I told my friend, we’ve been here before. This year alone, we’ve gotten through Trump tweets and policies, police brutality, and a global pandemic and we can do it again. We shouldn’t have to. But no matter what happens, we’ll get through this, and we’ll keep moving forward.
(Know someone who could use these reminders? Forward this their way, and remind them to sign up here.)
— Jolie A. Doggett, ZORA platform editor
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