The Fight Against Black Voter Suppression
The 2020 US elections demonstrated the historic legacy of Black voter suppression with the proliferation of coronavirus misinformation as one of the means to reduce Black voter turnout for the general election. In the fight for equal access to the right to vote, advocates and allies need to engage on several fronts, including collaborating with grassroots organizations, mainstream media, digital infrastructures, and social networks, to properly fight against the disenfranchisement of the communities of color hardest hit by the current pandemic. We will look at research conducted by Mutale Nkonde, an AI policy analyst and researcher based in New York City, that analyzes disinformation and its effect on the suppression of Black votes. This workshop will provide practical, community-based tools to engage with national and international advocacy networks. We will discuss several challenges from the 2020 election and examine the media’s role in informing the public and actively committing to protect the Black vote by amplifying the voice of Black political leaders.
You'll Walk Away with
- Knowledge of the techniques and strategies used to suppress Black people’s votes
- An understanding of the media’s role in exacerbating or mitigating Black voter suppression
- An action plan for engaging with allies to advocate for communities of color
- Educators and trainers
- All members of the community, regardless of educational or professional status