Sunday, March 31, 2019

Al Sharpton Credits Himself For All This Blackity Blackness Taking Over National Politics

By The Root, March. 27, 2019

If you’re a black candidate running for public office, your theme song can literally be, “And I’m black, y’all! And I’m blackity black and I’m black, y’all!” and still win because being a black and proud politician is now in, a marked shift in a country that for so long forced many black politicians to deny or downplay their race.

That change was obvious during the 2018 midterms when we saw Stacey Abrams shouting out Spelman College and greeting white folks around Georgia with natural hair and all. We saw it in Florida with Andrew Gillum walking out to stump speeches as “Walk It, Talk It” blared over the sound system. Last year’s midterms saw record-breaking numbers of black women winning congressional seats and leaning into their blackness in the process. The change has been so acute that in 2019, it might be taken as a negative if a black person appears to run away from her blackness to appease white folks.
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