Some Democrats alarmed at impending all-white debate, by Annie Linskey.
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.” …
Two white women – Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. – have qualified for the January debate. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, remains in the race, though she didn’t qualify. .. The men on the stage will be Biden, Buttigieg, Sanders and billionaire businessman Tom Steyer.
Whiteness only matters here because the left have a strategy of promoting anti-white racism so as to pick up most of the non-white votes. The left now insist on treating people as group members rather than individuals.
The left have killed Martin Luther King’s dream.