African-Americans, Opinion, politics, Social Problems

Opinion … Dear Candidates: Here Is What Black People Want

We long for the same things as everyone else, and yet few campaigns treat us as if our experiences matter.

By Alicia Garza

Ms. Garza, a founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network, is the head of the Black Futures Lab.

May 28, 2019

During election season, I always cringe when I see candidates eating fried chicken next to a bottle of hot sauce in Harlem or taking staged photos with black leaders. These shallow symbolic gestures are not a substitute for meaningful engagement with black voters. And candidates should know that we see right through them.

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