Governor George Wallace of Alabama is most known for his 1963 inaugural speech in which he said, “segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever!” Wallace was a segregationist and under his administration, several civil rights workers were brutalized and killed as a result of his apathy.
The Democrats hosted their first candidate debate on October 13th and until today, I hadn’t watched it. Why? I sort of already knew the script. I could have told you that we’d hear about guns, commitment to LGBT rights, the middle class and perhaps “Black Lives” mixed in somewhere. That’s about what happened. The message I received was pretty straightforward: the only test acknowledged this cycle for securing black votes is the ability to recite a hashtag. After that, candidates need only return to the business of white affairs and they knew it.