“Year after year, Democrats chase the votes of white women, frequently to no avail—white women voted for Romney over Obama in 2012 (56 percent to 42 percent), for McCain over Obama in 2008 (53 percent to 46 percent), and Bush over Kerry in 2004 (55 percent to 44 percent)—while dismissing the women who are the key to their victories.
Not only do political campaigns ignore Black women, but our contributions to Democratic victories frequently go unrecognized. After Terry McAuliffe’s victory in the Virginia gubernatorial race, for example, many mainstream media outlets claimed that “women” won the election for him. While that is true, generally—because Black women are women too—claims that women won the election for McAuliffe obfuscate an important fact: that McAuliffe won 91 percent of Black women’s vote while winning only 38 percent of white women’s votes.
Women of color, and Black women in particular (because we have the strongest turnout among women of color), could hand Clinton the White House on a silver platter. But not if she doesn’t work for it. And that means addressing issues that uniquely face us.”