With mass protests over racial injustice and fresh eyes looking at the country's past, Election 2020 will determine the United States' next path. 

Grassroots minority politicians are already being projected on to the national stage amid growing numbers of African-Americans going to the polls.

Unknown congressional Democratic candidates are unseating party favourites and incumbents as they ride a growing progressive wave. 

But will the momentum be sustained until election day in November? That's up to the Democratic elite, according to Democratic progressive pollster and political strategist Cornell Belcher.

And "shame on them if they don't", he added. 

Mr Belcher told 'States of Mind' that rejecting this new shift could lead to the US failing. 

"This threatens to tear us apart ... It’s not because we get invaded by some outside force, no, it’s because we Americans can’t get along," he said. 

While the conversation and attention is on minority candidates and the future landscape of Congress, the focus is also shifting to the nation's history. 

As colonial monuments are vandalised and torn down, Professors of History Derryn Moten and Hasan Jeffries discuss why they were never welcome in the first place due to the pain they cause for African-Americans.

"It’s not like black folks woke up and suddenly went 'hey let’s remove these’… they were problematic from day one," said Prof Jeffries on the podcast. 

Both argue that "time is up" for what they say are these symbols oppression and hate. 

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