Beware the ides of the African American woman

Beware the ides of the African American woman

BY DEL. STACEY PLASKETT (D-V.I.), OPINION CONTRIBUTOR | THE HILL

As Americans discuss the mid-term elections: very little is said about the greatest force in the present political landscape– African American women. Black women in America are exerting unacknowledged force in shaping politics in this country. In a focused motivated manner, black women are determinants of political power –through advocating for specific political action as a group or individually, making the demonstrative difference in close races, and racking impressive wins in areas thought out of bounds for them.

While a great deal of analysis has been given to the suburban soccer mom or the blue collar male from the Midwest or rust belt, African American women will not only be the determinant of many races in the 2018 midterm elections but by the time of the 2020 election may in fact be a determinant of the next president.

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