NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson issued a stark warning to the Biden administration after the Freedom to Vote Act failed to move forward.
“Don’t forget that Black voters landed a victory for this President and this Congress, so don’t fail us again,” Johnson said.
White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre acknowledged the setbacks with voting legislation and police reform talks. Though, she mentioned other policies the administration is advancing, including investments in historically Black colleges.
Still, Black voters and activists aren’t convinced.
“We’ve been down this path before,” Black Votes Matter co-founder Cliff Albright said. “You tell us that this is the most important election ever. You tell us you got our backs and you’re going to move on our issues. We come out in record numbers, historic numbers — and in Georgia not just once for November but then coming out and doing it again in January — and then you don’t deliver.”
“I absolutely promise you that there’s going to be a drop in Black turnout — and not just the regular drop that you see going from a presidential year to the midterms,” Albright said.