We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For
Stuart Williams is the first black Chairman of Lubbock County Democratic Party
Black Americans are faced with serious times: Yes, Donald J. Trump is in charge of the GOP. Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch are no longer leading the U.S. Department of Justice. Barack Obama’s presidency is over. But black people responded and our voice was heard loud and clear at the ballot box in December 2017.
And now Doug Jones is Senator-Elect from the state of Alabama. It’s something we can do here in Texas.
In 2017 alone, Texas had the largest population growth of any state in the nation – adding 399,734 people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But rural America is not growing. The rural poor are disproportionately black and brown, have far less food security, job opportunities, or access to healthcare. Black women are dying at frightening rates after childbirth in Texas. Texas Republicans are pushing a voucher education program that will destroy public rural schools, schools that overwhelmingly serve black and brown students. The FCC ruling against net neutrality, leaves small and far-flung rural minority communities even more isolated.
The Bible tell us in James 2:26: “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” So as faith has pulled our people through so many times, so must we begin to put in the work. We must pull together our communities, work hard in broadcasting our issues and registering our people to vote, and demand of Democratic candidates what they will do for black people and black communities CONCRETELY not RHETORICALLY. We must vote and most importantly, run for office. We are the ones we have been waiting for.
Rep. Shirley Chisholm often said, “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” Young black people all over this state are running to be next generation of leaders.
We must go vote in March 2018 for the future we deserve.
Stuart Williams, Chairman of Lubbock County Democratic Party. In one year he has grown his local party to include the largest ballot of democratic primary candidates in two decades. Follow him on Twitter at @CaprockDemocrat and facebook.com/lubbockdemocrats
The Texas Coalition of Black Democrats 2018 Black Democrats Black Voter Series highlights the diversity of voices of Black Democrats across the state. To learn more: www.TexasCoalitionofBlackDemocrats.com