Present Democratic Structure Shuts Out Minority Candidates For President

A few arti­cles ago I spoke to the sys­tem the Democratic Party has in place which gives an unfair advan­tage to white can­di­dates in the ear­ly cau­cus and pri­ma­ry process.
In a September 11, 2018, arti­cle in the con­ser­v­a­tive National Review, JJ McCullough wrote;( The 26 small­est states, which togeth­er elect a major­i­ty of Senate seats, make up only 18 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion). 
In sim­ple math­e­mat­i­cal terms, rough­ly 52 US sen­a­tors out of the 100 are indeed select­ed by 18% of the pop­u­la­tion, (57,600,000) peo­ple.
Conversely, the oth­er 82% per­cent of the 320 mil­lion (262,400,000) peo­ple are sub­ject­ed to the dic­tates of the 18%, assum­ing those sen­a­tors from small lily-white states vote the wish­es of their con­stituents.
They do!

Senator Kamala Harris

It is not dif­fi­cult to under­stand why Republicans would be hap­py with this struc­tur­al imbal­ance, it has allowed the Racist con­ser­v­a­tive agen­da of whites to dom­i­nate the nation­al con­ver­sa­tion. It has not only shaped Federal pol­i­cy towards a less inclu­sive America, but it has also placed high­ly par­ti­san judges in place all across the Federal judi­cia­ry.
In addi­tion to the huge advan­tage the right has from those struc­tur­al imbal­ances, the Electoral College has had dev­as­tat­ing con­se­quences for the left, already cost­ing the major­i­ty two pres­i­den­cies.
Both Al Gore & Hillary Clinton won the raw vote, in both cas­es the per­son who got few­er votes end­ed up becom­ing the pres­i­dent of the United States.
This skewed con­cept of Democracy is lost on some Americans and no one else.

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Senator Corey Booker

The sta­tus quo works for an America in which the rights of white con­ser­v­a­tives are guar­an­teed at the expense of every­one else includ­ing pro­gres­sive whites.
Which begs the ques­tion I asked before the start of this Democratic nom­i­na­tion process.
Why is the Democratic Party pur­su­ing a pol­i­cy that allows two lily-white states, Iowa & New Hampshire to go first, essen­tial­ly giv­ing an unfair advan­tage to white can­di­dates in the ear­ly cau­cus & pri­ma­ry process?
African American vot­ers sup­port the Democratic Party with about 88% of their votes, depend­ing on the can­di­date run­ning for office. That makes African-American vot­ers not just the base of the Democratic par­ty but its very foun­da­tion.
Why then are two states, Iowa with African-Americans mak­ing up only 3.8% of the state’s total pop­u­la­tion, & New Hampshire far­ing even worse, with only 2% of its pop­u­la­tion being African-American get­ting to decide first?

Julian Castro

Momentum is every­thing, sec­ond only to mon­ey, when a white can­di­date gets the nod in Iowa, then moves to New Hampshire with the prover­bial wind behind his back, what chance does a Black or Latino Candidate have even though they may have lots of sup­port in the big states with mil­lions of Democratic pri­ma­ry vot­ers?
Roughly 60% of the vot­ers in the state of North Carolina are African-Americans. Because of the con­tin­ued pol­i­cy of the Democratic Party to con­tin­ue to pan­der to white vot­ers in Iowa and New Hampshire African-American can­di­dates does not have the abil­i­ty to reach their base of sup­port in states like North and South Carolina, much less the big states like California, New York and oth­ers that vote lat­er on in the process.

It is for this rea­son that many peo­ple of col­or balk at the idea of vot­ing for the Democratic Party. It is for those same rea­sons that many peo­ple of col­or com­plain that when the rub­ber meets the road the Democratic Party has a long way to go toward tear­ing down the ves­tiges of white priv­i­lege even though it gets its sup­port from peo­ple of col­or and inter­est groups.
It is time for the Democratic Party to place some­one of the stature and com­pe­tence of Stacy Abrams in charge of the nation­al par­ty.
This Democratic Party is no longer a par­ty of old white Dixiecrats.
It is a par­ty of black brown and white peo­ple, union work­ers, and women, gays and les­bians, work­ing peo­ple and peo­ple from all back­grounds.
It is time to start the nom­i­na­tion process where these peo­ple live.

Mike Beckles is a for­mer Jamaican police Detective cor­po­ral, busi­ness­man, researcher, and blog­ger. 
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