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U.S.– Bigoted pasts return to haunt top Democratic presidential candidates seeking black votes

 — By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

Corey Booker, Kamala Harris and Deval Patrick’s exiting the race for the Democratic presidential nomination leaves only white candidates, some carrying baggage that diminishes their appeal to African Americans.

Joe Biden claims the African American vote because he was Barack Obama’s vice president. But, as a Delaware senator, he vehemently opposed busing, saying in a 1975 newspaper interview recently unearthed by The Washington Post: “The real problem with busing is that you take [white] people who aren’t racist, people who are good citizens, who believe in equal education and opportunity, and you stunt their children’s intellectual growth by busing them to an inferior school. … I do not buy the concept, popular in the ’60s, which said, ‘We have suppressed the black man for 300 years and…in order to even the score, we must now give the black man a head start or even hold the white man back.’”            Continue reading

Impeachment aside—Is everything all right with a Democratic field so White – By Yvonne Sam

 — By Yvonne Sam

Candidates of color out of the presidential  race by the restrictions, rules and norms in place.

On December 19, the day after President Donald Trump was impeached by the House for abuse of power, the Democratic presidential candidates held their final debate of the year at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. On the stage were Senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar, along with Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Vice President Joe Biden, billionaire Tom Steyer and entrepreneur Andrew Yang, the only non-white contender.  Visibly absent from the lineup was Cory Booker and Kamala Harris who regrettably is completely out of the race, although former President Barack Obama  recently said that women were better leaders.  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/17/us/politics/democratic-debate-labor-marymount.html 

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U.S: The black vote is not monolithic but there is too much at stake for divisiveness – By Mohamed Hamaludin

— By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

When the next Democratic presidential debate is held on Dec. 19 at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, at least six white candidates will be on the stage: Joe Biden, former Vice President under President Barack Obama; Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana; Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota senator; Bernie Sanders, Vermont senator; Tom Steyer, hedge fund manager; and Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts senator. New York tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang, who is of Taiwanese descent, qualified on Tuesday.

Those likely to be absent include New Jersey Senator Corey Booker, an African American; former housing secretary Julian Castro, a Latino; and Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, a Samoan native. For a joyous moment, the candidates reflected the diversity of the party.    Continue reading