The new Blue state: Georgia Senate runoff elections

This week, 'What's In It For Us?' podcast unpacks the future of politics in America following the Georgia runoff elections

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Georgia Senate election results were announced last week and they’re a huge deal. This week on the What’s In it For Us? podcast, hosts Dr. Christina Greer and Dr. Jason Johnson examine what’s next for the Democrats, Republicans and President-elect Joe Biden.

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Giving credit to Stacey Abrams, the podcast unpacks the future of the electoral college. BIPOC communities have made it possible to influence the government by turning the historically red Southern state blue. That’s what’s in it for us.

“This is the first time I’ve been in a state, where I didn’t run into anyone who didn’t know there was an election,” says reporter Natasha Brown to Johnson. 

Trump’s tenure is coming to a close to and Republicans in the capitol house “don’t know what to do with Trump’s fanatic supporters” and voters, says Greer. The Republicans now have to look at what they made, and “fix it,” she adds. The chaotic pro-Trump protests have revealed to the GOP that this problem cannot be explained away as “Biden’s fault.”

“Once when we get this under control, there has to be certain commissions to make sure we root [white supremacists] out,” says Greer.

Going forward “our very lives are at stake,” says Johnson to Greer. Not only do politicians, activists and allies need undo the last four years, but they also need to unpack the last 100+ years of policies and ideology.

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U.S. Democratic Senate candidate Raphael Warnock (R) bumps elbows with Stacey Abrams (L) during a campaign rally with U.S. President-elect Joe Biden at Pullman Yard on December 15, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Greer and Johnson both agree that it needs to start with combat retributive voter suppression and pass a revised Voting Rights Act as soon as possible. 

“Stacey Abrams is going to run for governor. Anyone would be stupid to run the Democratic primary against her,” says Johnson about the 2022 elections. 

Abrams has delivered the final failure of Trump’s long list of faux pas, ushering in the first black senator of Georgia, Rev. Raphael Warnock. Abrams’ efforts prove that when you give the people someone worth showing up for, they will do just that. With all that she’s done, our hosts and many believe she’s secured the Georgia governorship she was cheated out of in 2018.

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As we continue to watch the headlines, stay tuned to What’s In It For Us. The funny, politically edgy Black commentary podcast. Now streaming on Apple Podcast, Spotify, and Stitcher.

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