women make history & change face of american politics
By Erin White
November 7, 2018
While there were significant victories for many women of color, the fate of Stacey Abrams still hangs in the balance, making last night’s election bittersweet as hell.
Two states — Michigan and Minnesota — elected the first Muslim women to join congress with Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib and Somali-American Ilhan Omar. And over in Kansas — yes, Kansas, y’all — residents elected Sharice Davids, an openly gay indigenous women who ousted Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder. Davids makes history with Deb Haaland of New Mexico, who is also a proud indigenous woman. Democrats Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia became the first Latina women elected to Congress in the state of Texas.
The good news doesn’t stop there. Our girl New York democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez easily won her race against Anthony Pappas and will now represent parts of Queens and the Bronx.
Although the overwhelming “Blue Wave” so many of us fought so hard to earn was blocked by a number of red walls, if nothing else we learned that there is still hope for resistance in the face of white supremacy and oppression. It’s not going to be easy and there are so many obstacles to overcome, but together, we can fight back and win.
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