I say take it one step further: Black women should abandon the DNC en-masse, and either try to hijack the RNC, or go independent.
Not to exclude Black men, but making a very focused statement right now about the strategic position that’s unique to women of color, right now.
75% of Democrats didn’t vote in 2016. 75% of Republicans didn’t vote either. And yet, we want to act like it didn’t happen that way.
There is no better time than right now, to create a viable third party and appoint a unifying candidate. After all, the stakes couldn’t be any higher in 2016, and noone showed up to vote. I think that the Black women who are leading the way for change should turn towards politics. The founding members of #BlackLivesMatter, both nationally and locally here in Sacramento, are Black women. They have voices that people listen to, that are looking for some type of leadership that represents them, rather than ignoring them. Even on the #MLK365 side, the number of Black women leading programs and efforts is astonishing. That’s just Sacramento, the capital of the 6th (sorry 7th) largest economy in the world. That’s not including Chicago, Atlanta, Oakland, Baltimore, Brooklyn, Houston, Phoenix, Minneapolis, etc etc etc. If there was to be a Black Woman Leader Caucus that defected from the DNC, the party would be more than just vulnerable, it would be crippled. Coupled with the women in the RNC who are tired of the hypocrisy of supporting a pussy grabber, in a climate where literally 75% of America didn’t vote, there is a lot of room, and a lot of numbers, to inspire an entirely new generation of political will.
In 2018, Black women deserve more from Democrats. It’s long overdue. We are the base of its base. Give Black women the stage. Listen and we will guide the Democratic party as its most active and loyal voters to wins.