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.
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.
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?
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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