The Black Futures Lab aims to talk to 200,000 Black people nationwide, making it the largest independent survey of Black people ever conducted in the United States.
In the months leading up to the 2022 midterm elections, you will hear a lot from pundits about the voters they see as key to swinging the election one way or another — suburban moms, rural voters, and other mostly white demographic groups. But, as in previous elections, few are engaging with the one key voting bloc that has delivered for democracy time and time again: Black people.
Black voters are the main reason we have leaders in the White House and Congress who have firmly rejected the anti-democratic actions of the previous President and his supporters. Black people have also proven ourselves repeatedly to be agents of change for this country, from the civil rights struggles of the 1960s to the Black Lives Matter movement of today.
Yet, while elected leaders, candidates, and campaigns are comfortable talking at Black communities, few make the effort to talk to us. The result is that Black communities are being shut out of helping shape an agenda that truly meets our needs and that of the nation.