2 Black Men Running for Senate
It’s rare that you see two Black men running for a seat in the Senate, but 2022 is the mark of a new era. To ensure the Black community is a part of the conversation, Black Male Initiative Fund (BMIF), Black Men Build (BMB), NGP Action Fund, and Black Voters Matter teamed up to host a watch party for the Georgia Senate Debate featuring U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock (D) and challenger Herschel Walker (R) on October 14, 2022.
The watch party was held at The Gathering Spot in Atlanta and brought in a crowd of eager people ready to make a difference with a vote. Guests were served free food and had access to an open bar as they watched the debate, which sparked lots of conversation.
Warnock and Walker were asked to speak on a variety of topics including abortion rights, student loans, and the housing crisis.
According to statistics shared in the debate, 14% of Georgians live in poverty and over 70% of Americans believe our new gun laws will not decrease gun violence.
The debate made it clear how opposite the two are when its comes to the direction they want to take Georgia.
Warnock said federal funding for college is a must. He said he wouldn’t be at last night’s debate if it wasn’t for federal loans and pell grants; Walker didn’t feel the same. Walker wants to get rid of all federal funding for college and increase the cost of tuition.
Since the overturning of Wade V Roe, the country is looking for politicians to take a public stance on the topic of abortion rights.
Walker, he’s in support of Georgia’s restrictions on abortions.
“’I’m a Christian. I believe in life,” said Walker.
Warnock says he stands with women and their decision to choose what they want.
“I trust women more than I trust politicians,” Warnock said.
The questions kept coming but it seemed time just wasn’t long enough.
BMIF and the rest of the team were happy with the turnout and are hopeful for a better Georgia that supports all of its people.
To watch the full debate, click here.
Nyesha Stone founded Carvd N Stone in 2017 to cover positive news while attending the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Stone has a B.A. in Journalism. She has raised over $30,000 to award grants and scholarships. She has also been featured in ESSENCE and worked with the American Black Film Festival.