Georgia Democrats react to election, unrest
Dateline: 6 November 2020 - Decatur/Atlanta/Newnan
Date: 01/07/2021 11:08 PM
Newnan, Georgia - 7 January 2021
1. Exterior of Carnegie Library downtown
2. Close of sign that says, "The City of Homes'
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Tamarkus Cook, Newnan, Georgia resident:
"I thought this election this past week spoke to the will of the people, that they were more determined to be heard than others were determined to suppress their voice."
Decatur, Georgia - 7 January 2021
4. Painted electric box on sidewalk
Atlanta, Georgia - 7 January 2021
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Anne Borden, Sociology Professor:
"We need to have a national conversation about race that is a conversation about whiteness. What happened yesterday was an incident that was about race."
6. Flag outside Coweta County courthouse
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Margot Ecke, Democrat:
"I had an overwhelming feeling of sadness, just that our nation has come to this point and that people feel so free to behave in this way which is very un-democratic."
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A Democratic voter in Georgia says the results of the U.S. Senate elections "spoke to the will of the people."
Tamarkus Cook, a 33-year-old funeral home owner in Newnan, says the Jan. 5 runoffs showed that people "were more determined to be heard than others were determined to suppress their voice."
Cook lives in Coweta County, where the vast majority of voters cast ballots to return Republicans to the U.S. Senate.
Democrats have won both Georgia Senate seats â€” and with them, the U.S. Senate majority.
Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, Democratic challengers who represented the diversity of their party's evolving coalition, defeated Republicans David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.
That's a stunning defeat for President Donald Trump in his final days in office and it dramatically improves the fate of President-elect Joe Biden's progressive agenda.
In Atlanta, Democrat and Sociology professor Anne Borden said while she was pleased with the Senate runoff results, the incidents in Washington were about race and power.
"We need to have a national conversation about race that is a conversation about whiteness. What happened yesterday was an incident that was about race," Borden said.