How Democracy Will Win
January 8, 2021
By Matt Hughes
Dismantle white supremacy in our institutions.
The Roosevelt Rundown is an email series featuring the Roosevelt Institute’s top stories of the week.
The Power of Multiracial Democracy
We witnessed an act of terror on Wednesday: insurrectionists, bearing symbols of historical racist violence, attempting to nullify a seven-million vote victory by sieging the United States Capitol during a constitutional ritual.
All this just one day after Georgians elected their first Black senator, and “the first time in American history that a Black senator was popularly elected by a majority-Black coalition,” as Charles M. Blow notes in the New York Times.
The insurrection of January 6 was nothing less than an attack on multiracial democracy.
And it’s a searing reminder of the threat white supremacy poses to the nation’s future if we don’t strengthen our institutions and give voice to the people terrorists tried to silence this week.
In the coming years, the gap between necessary and possible must close.
- We can and must abolish the Electoral College and the filibuster.
- We can and must grant statehood to Washington, DC, and fully enfranchise the Black and brown majority that lives there.
- And we can and must fix an unrepresentative Senate that stifles progress and dilutes the votes of millions.
Democracy—true, multiracial democracy—can and must triumph. And through structural, equitable reform of our institutions, it will.
What We’re Reading
The Marketplace Is Demanding Ethical AI – Barron’s
Life beyond Markets, with Mike Konczal – Dissent