This past weekend was a holiday weekend. As a result, Joe Biden toned down the number of emails he sent.
For all new readers: Welcome! I am currently on the mailing lists of Joe Biden and Donald Trump, though I have previously been on the mailing lists of 28 Democratic candidates! This blog breaks down recent emails with charts and excerpts. If you already know all of this, feel free to skip to the next chart!
It took some time for the Trump emails to kick in, so I started officially tracking his list on July 7. I have been tracking Biden’s for longer, but I will start comparing them as of July 7. All of these emails are going to a new email, and I have not donated, filled out surveys, signed petitions, or otherwise interacted with either candidate’s emails.
The rules I try to follow for the various categories are laid out in The Framework.
Joe Biden sent 2 emails on Saturday and 2 emails on Sunday, for a total of 4 emails to each account.
In the first email of the weekend, Biden celebrated Independence Day. In the second, he offered me a sticker to commemorate the Biden/Obama fundraiser.
On Sunday, Biden reminded me that this campaign is not about Biden, it’s about us. Look at how we outraised Trump last month! But he still has a cash-on-hand advantage, so… donate please?
He also sent me an email with recent polls from battleground states, all of which were showing a lead for Biden. Trump should be scared! he crowed.
Am I the only person who remembered that email the team sent a few months back, about how they were not going to focus on the polls but on what Biden could do for America? Do these people even read their own emails?
The poll email was an interesting one, though. As a donor, I got the facts. As a non-donor, I got pretty pictures…
Gee, thanks Team Biden. I see how much you value your donors.
Side note: It’s also worth calling out that over the entire July 4 weekend, Biden’s email team sent as many emails as they did on June 19.
Both of these days are a form of Independence Day. One of them is considered an “African-American holiday” according to Wikipedia, while the other one celebrates the accomplishments of a bunch of white guys.
One was treated with respect as a holiday of national importance that deserved a break from fundraising and a reflection on our failings as a nation and how we can commit to making all people free and treated equally.
One was barely mentioned as an afterthought on the day of, the fourth email of four.
One triggered a second day of inbox respite. The other didn’t trigger any respite.
Most people will say they aren’t racist because they know better than to use the N-word, or blackface, or that the use of African-American Vernacular English (AAVE) is its own separate and valid dialect and not simply “people not bothering to speak correctly.”
But racism can also present itself in more subtle and subversive ways, such as the treatment of a major Black holiday that happened to fall within a month of a major explosion of racial tension in the country.
What does it mean when on white Independence Day, you wake up and the man you’re going to vote to lead your country already has an email in your inbox telling you about the promise of America and how we need to put in the work to make it happen, while on Black Independence Day, you went to bed wondering if the man you’re going to vote to lead your country even remembered that today meant something to a large portion of Americans crying out for fair treatment?
If you think about this difference and your response is “Well, Juneteenth isn’t even an official holiday anyway,” maybe you should take a moment to ask yourself why. Who gets to decide what is an official holiday? Why should the freedom of Americans be relegated to just a footnote in history?