Bankole: Black Detroiters handed Peters a victory over James' Trumpism

Bankole Thompson

Republican John James, a supporter of President Donald Trump, could have easily become the next U.S. senator from Michigan, but for the Black vote in Detroit.

James, an African American, lost the race to incumbent Democratic incumbent Sen. Gary Peters by less than one percentage point.

Michigan Republican U.S. Senate candidate John James visited with President Donald Trump in the White House on Sept. 17, 2018.

That James came that close to winning should set off alarm bells for establishment Democrats. It is a warning shot for those who look at the Black community through the exclusive prism of what they can get out of it, not what they should be investing in. It’s a lesson for white liberals who think their engagement with the Black community should be limited to out of touch Black gatekeepers, whose only interest is in defending the status quo and ensuring an uninterrupted and transactional relationship with the Democratic Party.

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