74% of Whites Vote for Black Candidate in Former Section 5 state


In South Carolina, Tim Scott was overwhelmingly elected to the U.S. Senate by more than 60 percent of the voters. As always, whites were voting in higher numbers than others and older whites were voting in higher numbers still. What is noteworthy here is that Scott is the first black Republican to win a South Carolina Senate seat since the Reconstruction (in fact, he is the first in the entire South, not just South Carolina). But what is even more significant (and barely reported) is that 74 percent of the white voters voted for him rather than his white opponent. And whites who voted against Scott voted for the Democratic candidate.

Of course, South Carolina is one of the states that were fully covered under the special provisions of the Voting Act of 1965. Those provisions required that all covered jurisdictions get a federal government clearance on all changes to election laws with the justification that racism was historically strong in those places and minorities there needed additional protection from Washington, D.C.

The voting result in this year’s election in South Carolina clearly shows that the majority of white people did not take race into consideration when it came to voting (and, therefore, most likely, to anything else important in their lives). Even in the Southern states and among older white voters, who were always considered the most racist, it still holds true (as if the election and re-election of a black president was not enough to prove that), so there is no hidden racism here.

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