“Coming to Atlanta, and especially if you’re black and hold an elected office in America, is like going back to Atlanta,” Harris said, referring to the city’s Civil Rights Foundation.
“Atlanta is a place where leaders have been produced who have been national and international leaders who have always understood that hope will fuel the struggle. Faith will lead us to know what is possible.”
Harris spoke to the Supreme Court about Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation that it was far from settled, citing Thurgood Marshall, the court’s first black judiciary. She spoke about climate change but made sure to bring home its effects on color communities. And when she spoke about the Democrats’ chances of taking control of the Senate, she reminded everyone that she was the only black woman to hold office – and only the second to do so.
“You just have to organize the people,” she said, “and bring the people together and realize that nothing we as a nation have ever achieved through progress has been without a fight.”
Her remarks provide a full glimpse into her identity as a black woman, something the California senator has often quoted in addition to her Indian-American heritage. Their visit closed the lid on support for blacks in Georgia ahead of the mandatory voting period on Saturday, October 24th, when all counties across the state are required to keep polling stations open.
Part of the playbook: Black voters are key to the November 3rd Democratic victories. Black women are most active in this election bloc Take Harris’s position on the ticket as recognition their support for the party and further fuel for their efforts to get the vote.
An edge game: Democrats, expecting close election results, have targeted key electoral groups to outperform them on November 3rd. Young black men in particular are high on this list. During her visit to Atlanta, Harris held listening sessions with groups of theirs and addressed their role as prosecutor – something their critics point out as a stumbling block for the group. During one interview Harris addressed those concerns with V-103, a Black Atlanta radio station on Friday.
“I’m not going to tell anyone to vote for us. We have to earn the vote,” she said. “Black men, like everyone else, are not monolithic.”
Georgia is in the game: As Election Day approaches, Liberals become more optimistic about the likelihood of supplying the state for Joe Biden and electing two Democratic senators. Their claim is strengthened by a large number of early black voters and the growing together around the party of Asians and Latinos, who in the past have voted for Republicans in large numbers.