Pro-Crime policies don’t appeal to black voters

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Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

In the Black Lives Matter era, everyone assumes that pro-crime policies are the way to win over black voters. Candidates tout criminal justice reform schemes like freeing criminals and legalizing drugs. 1994’s Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, a piece of bipartisan legislation that helped roll back crime rates in the 90s by locking up criminals, is denounced for causing “mass incarceration”. But Joe Biden, who wrote the bill, is a player in the 2020 primaries because of his black supporters. In the latest Quinnipiac poll, Biden’s support has collapsed with everyone except black voters. Only 14% of white Democrats support him, but 27% of black Democrats are still standing by their racist man. A quarter of black voters may not sound like a lot, but it’s more than any other candidate in the race.