Democrat Raphael Warnock has been projected the winner in Georgia's runoff Senate race, making him the first Black man to ever represent the state in the Senate. Democrat Jon Ossoff is meanwhile on the way to a win, and is set to become the first Jewish senator from the state.
Those wins aren't just historic, MSNBC's Joy Reid noted Wednesday. They also "resemble the coalition that defined the civil rights movement," she tweeted, recalling how Black and Jewish people partnered in the 1960s to fight white supremacy.
If @ossoff holds onto his lead, which mathematically seems likely, the Senate caucus from Georgia will resemble the coalition that defined the civil rights movement: a Black pastor (from Dr. King’s church home no less!) and the young, Jewish former aide to the great John Lewis. pic.twitter.com/IEXN0OcP5h
— Joy WE VOTED!! WEAR A MASK!! Reid ) (@JoyAnnReid) January 6, 2021
The Atlantic staff writer Adam Serwer, who is Black and Jewish, similarly called the likely wins "evocative of the old civil rights alliance" — and something he'd like to share with both his grandmothers.
I wish I could tell my paternal and maternal grandmothers that Republicans did the whole rootless cosmopolitan and radical black preacher shtick in Georgia and still lost.
— Adam Serwer (@AdamSerwer) January 6, 2021
And Rev. Al Sharpton, a longtime civil rights activist himself, said "the idea that a Black and a Jew would win in Georgia show this country is moving a lot further than Donald Trump thought."
Democrat Raphael Warnock has won one of the two runoff elections for the US Senate in Georgia. Rev. Warnock’s historic victory against Kelly Loeffler makes him the first Black Senator from Georgia, I am live on MSNBC’s #MorningJoe sharing my thoughts. pic.twitter.com/1FumZ46cZI
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) January 6, 2021
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