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In her must-read blog, Van Le examines the results of some of the latest polling on Donald Trump’s proposed border wall: Black voters hate it even more than Latino Voters!
Read excerpts from Van Le’s must-read blog below and check out the entire post here:
A new Quinnipiac poll finds that there’s one group of Americans who oppose Donald Trump’s stupid, wasteful border wall even more than Latinos — and that’s black Americans, 87% of whom do not believe that the wall should be built.
In his Washington Post analysis, Eugene Scott notes that there are a few reasons why this might be the case. Some black Americans are undocumented, and some identify as Latino. But black Americans have been on the receiving end of racist attacks from Republicans since the Southern strategy, andRepublicans have been overtly trying to pit them against Latinos and immigrants for years. Black voters seen through the fear-mongering, and not only are they not into it; the GOP’s racist efforts have created a backlash.
The Eugene Scott column goes on to quote author Raquel Reichard, who explains that many blacks and Latinos have come to understand that their fight against people like Donald Trump is shared:
“Our struggles, even for those of us who aren’t Afro-Latino, are linked; therefore, helping to dismantle the racist systems that incarcerate one in three black men can also put a crack in the structures that place Latino families in detention centers.”
The polling was also amplified on Twitter from Matt Barreto of Latino Decisions and African American Research Collaborative.
Tweet from Matt A. Barreto: Great piece in @thefix @washingtonpost by @Eugene_Scott showing African Americans reject #BorderWall and Anti-immigrant policies, even more so than Latinos. This is consistent with research by @AfAmResearch & @LatinoDecisions in Virginia 2017 Gov election re: Gillespie MS-13…
Tweet from African American Research Collaborative, responding to Matt Barreto: We have polled African Americans for two cycles now on immigration questions and they always perform as well or better than every group on progressive reforms (supporting DREAM, comprehensive immigration reform & opposing wall). The backbone of a just America is the black vote.