Normally I wouldn’t care one iota about the results of a senatorial race in another state. But I cared a great deal about the race in Alabama between Republican Roy Moore, an accused child molester whose long record of impropriety has been in the headlines for months, and Democrat Doug Jones, a man I know very little about other than he seems a decent, respectable family man.
President Trump, for whom I have less than no respect, at the urging of his former chief strategist Steve Bannon, had endorsed and strongly supported Roy Moore.
But the voters in deep-red Alabama searched their hearts and souls and by the narrowest of margins, elected Doug Jones. A direct repudiation of Moore and everything he stands for, and a very pointed repudiation of the president who supported him.
I was jubilant last night and, at least for the moment, my heart is a little lighter. Maybe … just maybe … this is the first step on the long road back to decency and respect in America.
“I cannot be an optimist but I am a prisoner of hope.”
— Cornel West