Democrats are obsessed with identity politics.
As a result, some people on the left are starting to grow nervous about the next Democrat debate, which will feature only white candidates.
No candidates of color met the DNC’s strict qualifications.
San Francisco Gate reports:
Some Democrats alarmed at impending all-white debate
Only white candidates have qualified for next week’s Democratic presidential debate, the first time in this election cycle that no minority contender will make the stage. It’s a dynamic that critics say threatens to undercut the party’s rhetoric of inclusivity.
The race for the 2020 Democratic nomination kicked off last year with a historically diverse pool of candidates, including two black senators, a black mayor, a Hispanic former Cabinet secretary and an Asian businessman. Since then, all have either dropped out or failed to qualify for a spot on the stage, determined by poll numbers and donations.
Now the specter of an all-white debate in the mostly white state of Iowa is prompting concern among party activists.
“Both the way the primary is set up and the way debates are done are a problem,” said Rashad Robinson, executive director of Color of Change, a racial justice organization. “The system they have designed has suppressed the most loyal base of the Democratic Party.”
He added: “Anyone with an understanding of civil rights law understands how the rules can be set up to benefit some communities. The Democratic Party should look at the impact of these rules and question the results.”
People are talking about this on Twitter:
6 candidates, all white, qualify for the next debate on January 14th.
In 2018, people of color comprised close to 40% of the democratic electorate.
Candidate qualifying rules that squeeze out all diversity bear the stench of illegitimacy. https://t.co/seQnRNPXos
— Kristen Clarke (@KristenClarkeJD) January 11, 2020
I myself will not give credence to the #WhiteoutDebate and will be boycotting the debates. We are to diverse of a country to have an all white debate stage. We must stop allowing the political organizations and media to dictate who our options are. #DirtyDNC#YangGang #Yang2020
— Thomas P Twombly (@Tommy_Twombly) January 11, 2020
Just putting it out there for every non-white American: @TheDemocrats could not care less about representing you. Next week's debate will likely be all white (even though it didn't have to be), so if you seek diversity; no need to watch. #DemDebate
— Bardia Bijani (@BardiaBA) January 10, 2020
This is all of the Democrats’ own doing.