The Democratic Party Has More To Offer Black Voters | Opinion

The following is a lightly edited transcript of remarks made by Amani Wells-Onyioha during a Newsweek episode of The Debate about black voters and the Democratic party. You can listen to the podcast here:

I understand the frustration that a lot of black voters have with the Democratic Party, because we are often used as like a big pillar of that vote. Every time election season comes around, we hear a lot of big promises about what Democrats are going to do for black people. And a lot of black people do feel jaded by that, because they do feel like once the election is secured, and we come out in record numbers more and more every year, that not a lot of tangible results are being applied to the lives of everyday black folks in this country.

So I definitely sense the frustration. I feel it. And I'm sure a lot of people who look like me feel it as well. However, let's talk about my state, specifically, Republicans in Texas. [State Senate Republicans] put forth their platform for some things that they want to run on in 2023 and 2024. And one of the issues that stood out to me, and I'm sure a lot of other black folks, was them wanting to repeal the Voting Rights Act of 1964.

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Wisdom Cole of the NAACP joins demonstrators calling on President Joe Biden to cancel student debt at a demonstration outside the White House on April 27. Getty Images/Paul Morigi

I'm a black person in Texas, and that would impede my rights to vote and a lot of other people's rights to vote in my state. So I feel like yes, it's it's fun to compare them. But I feel like the destruction that one party will have on my community is more vast than the destruction that the current party that we support does. I understand the frustration, but the Republicans are not going to save us.

Amani Wells-Onyioha is a political organizer and Director of Operations at Sole Strategies.

The views expressed in this article are the writer's own.