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US News USA: in the State of Michigan, the mobilization of black voters particularly awaited

23:10  29 october  2020
23:10  29 october  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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The black opinion shift, I argue, is based on the transformation of African-American politics, away from radical challenges to the political status quo toward In the case of abortion, the WSJ/NBC surveys show that 97 percent of white primary voters agree that the procedure should be “totally legal”

'Trump has done particularly well with Black and Hispanic men..' And according to Just the News, Soros also donated millions into "strategic electoral efforts in the key battleground states of Pennsylvania and Michigan through the Strategic Victory Find, which is a super PAC linked to the

  USA: dans l'Etat du Michigan, la mobilisation des électeurs noirs particulièrement attendue © Provided by Le Point

After enduring the contaminated water crisis and being severely hit by the Covid-19 epidemic, voters de Flint, a predominantly black town in Michigan (in the northern United States ), have reason to be wary of politicians.

The city has a long tradition of activism: this is where the great strike with occupation at General Motors started at the end of the 1930s; and recently, Flint took to the streets with the "Black Lives Matter" movement against police brutality.

But the question facing the presidential election is whether more black voters in Flint will vote on November 3 than four years ago, when their low numbers helped

Donald Trump win, narrowly, in this state which had yet voted twice for Barack Obama before.

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The struggle of black Americans for equality reached its peak in the mid-1960s. In 1960 black college students sat down at a segregated Woolworth's lunch counter in North Carolina and refused to leave. Their sit-in captured media attention and led to similar demonstrations throughout the South.

The number of black voters also declined, falling by about 765,000 to 16.4 million in 2016, representing a sharp reversal from 2012. In a year when immigration played a central role in the presidential campaign, turnout among naturalized-citizen voters (those who were immigrants born in

"Everything is better than the Trump administration when it comes to health," says Kent Key, a researcher at Michigan State University specializing in the study of racial disparities.

The man has lost eight family members to the coronavirus.

Kent Key also denounces Donald Trump's refusal to condemn white supremacists and extremists, such as those accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat.

"This administration has given a lot of fuel to many extremist groups," he said. "I had never known racism as I see it now, direct, without subtlety. Right in the face."

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But if the rejection of the Trump administration is clear, Democratic candidate

Joe Biden also raises questions about his record. His promotion of a 1994 law to the Senate that provided for long prison terms for drug-related but non-violent crimes has not been forgotten.

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(The Maine State House adjourned in March and has not yet returned.) “I’ll hold our record in the State Legislature up to the record of Senator Collins and And like other Democratic candidates, Ms. Gideon argued that she would do a better job of protecting health care for voters , particularly given that the

Early voting in the US election has now topped 70 million, more than half of the total turnout in 2016. Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris also travelled to Arizona, while Joe Biden cast his vote in his home state of Delaware and held online campaign events.

Joe Biden has pledged to reform the prison system but some remain skeptical.

"I'm not sure they're giving black people what they owe," said of the two candidates, JoJo Freeman, an activist who might put a blank ballot in the ballot box.

"I don't see any response from either of them," she adds.

In Flint, things are complicated by the lingering mistrust of the authorities after the contaminated water crisis in 2014. The city had decided to change the drinking water supply to draw from the Flint River through corroded lead pipes.

This decision, canceled a year later, was taken by temporary managers with the green light from Republican Governor Rick Snyder, who intended to run the city like a business.

"Apathy"

His administration initially discredited complaints from sick residents before acknowledging the problem when tests, conducted by activists and local doctors, showed dangerous levels of lead exposure.

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The president won both states in 2016, though he now appears to be trailing his Democratic opponent just six Mr Biden has a 17-point lead against Mr Trump in the state of Wisconsin, according to an ABC In Michigan , the former vice president has 51 percent support among voters compared to 44

The FBI and state police have thwarted a plan by anti-government extremists to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer to set off a "civil war" and build a Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (R) welcomed Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden when he campaigned in the state in March.

Even today, many people do not trust water. "Our government lied to us," says activist Claire McClinton, who draws parallels between Governor Snyder's attitude and Donald Trump's towards the coronavirus.

"We were told + In Flint, the water is good +". "With the Covid, we are told: + it's not serious. It's a hoax +".

Claire McClinton backed Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary but urges her friends to vote for Joe Biden.

In 2016, Hillary Clinton won over Flint with a large lead, but garnered around 8,000 votes less than Barack Obama in 2012, against a backdrop of lower overall turnout.

"The apathy among the voters is very, very strong," says Pastor Chris Martin, who heads the "Go-and-Go-Vote" initiative in Flint. "We are making good progress, but not enough. And we do not look at the polls, because the last time, we were caught off guard," he adds.

DeWaun Robinson, president of the local chapter of "Black Lives Matter" (black lives matter), says young voters are mixed about the election. Some are motivated by the Democratic candidate and others more skeptical despite the promises of Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris to enact a reform of sentences.

29/10/2020 18:10:31 - Flint (United States) (AFP) - © 2020 AFP

US presidential election: tensions in Detroit and Phoenix, protest in New York .
© AFP / Seth Herald Trump supporters are calling for an end to the counting in Detroit, Michigan on Wednesday evening. While the result of the presidential election is still pending, demonstrations are taking place in several American cities. In New York, thousands of Joe Biden supporters marched to demand that "all the ballots be counted", while supporters of Donald Trump demonstrated in Detroit, Michigan, or Phoenix, in Arizona, to demand instead the end of the counting in these key states.

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