At The Optimist Daily, our focus is on solutions. We are not interested in following mainstream news outlets in their pursuit of the latest political news. With that said, there are times when events occur in the political arena that are very much worth writing about. The recent Georgia Senate runoff elections are one of those moments.
From a purely partisan lens, the outcome of the Senate runoff means Democrats will control the US House and Senate for the first time in 10 years. But as the New York Times eloquently pointed out, the election in Georgia “was also a rare chance for one Senate barrier breaker to pass the torch to another.”
Before she became the Vice President-elect, Kamala Harris was the first Black woman and woman of color to serve as a senator from California. So when we witnessed Harris speak at a campaign event for Democratic candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock this week, what we were seeing was the first Black female senator from California uniting with the first Black senator from Georgia.
All politics aside, this was a massive moment for racial representation within the US government and we hope it will usher in a new era for Black politicians in the former Jim Crow South.
For those who are not familiar with Warnock, he is a pastor who took the pulpit at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once preached. To read more about Warnock’s groundbreaking campaign in Georgia, you can follow the link here.