Black History Month: When can America expect a Black woman as president?

 

February 04, 2020

Nii Ntreh | Staff Writer
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Nii Ntreh is interested in academic philosophy with specific attention to moral, social and political topics. Having taught philosophy at the University of Cape Coast for a while, Nii finds in new media, a more potent way to reach many with his passion of breaking down complexities.
 

L-R: Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama and Stacey Abrams.

In a recent interview, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate, Stacey Abrams, predicted that she will be president of the United States by the year 2040.

The outspoken Democrat was speaking to FiveThirtyEight on the future of her political career as well as the potential of some of the projects of passion she is seeing to these days.

On what will become of her, Abrams seemed optimistic, offering a resounding “Yes, absolutely” when asked if America was going to see a woman president, and particularly a black woman, in the next two decades.

Abrams came within a margin of less than two percentage points, or about 55,000 votes, in her defeat to eventual winner Republican Brian Kemp.

In life after loss, Abrams’ work since the beginning of last year has been centered on confronting the legal and political machinations that have been designed to keep voter turnout low.

Coming from the south, Abrams knows better than many that these restrictions disproportionately affect African-Americans and other people of color.

In the theatre of public debate, such restrictions are pushed by proponents who speak about election sanctity in terms of stricter voter ID laws, fewer voting centers and massive police presence in areas with heavy black and brown populations.

When fear keeps the numbers down, the narrative that black people do not like to vote is watered.

But in spite of this, a 2019 Brookings Institue report noted what it considered the reliable stability of the “black vote”.

What is, therefore, more valid topics is the contentious history African-Americans have with American law enforcement and the disenfranchisement they are fighting to date to overcome.

Abrams’ dreams of the presidency is linked to the success of her campaign to increase voter turnout. But in the wider scheme of things, the challenge is equal to an aggregate of some individual issues.

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