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Without Obama in the White House, the Democratic Party is painfully and disproportionately white

By Shaun King,

In the hook to Drake’s new song, “Fake Love,” he has a lyric that says “I’ve been down so long it look like up to me … I got fake people showin’ fake love to me.”

Can I be all the way real?

The election of our first black president was a beautiful thing. But now that Barack Obama is on his way out, and Donald Trump is on his way in to the Oval Office, it’s giving us a real chance to look at what the Democratic Party truly stands for and I have to be honest, I don’t like what I see. We’ve been down so long in the Democratic Party that it looked like up to us.

No single voting bloc or ethnic group in America was more loyal to any party, Democratic or Republican, than black folk were to the Democratic Party. It’s not even close. Eighty-eight percent of Black voters voted for Hillary Clinton — including an astounding 94% of Black women. The second most loyal voting bloc to the Democratic Party? Latinos. Sixty-five percent of Latinos voted for Hillary Clinton.

Yet, the party ran a white presidential candidate and a white vice presidential candidate. Before they resigned at the end of the primaries, the head of the Democratic Party, both the chairman and CEO, were white.

The Democratic Senate Minority Leader was white. The person appointed as the new Senate Minority Leader is white. Only two Democrats in the upcoming Senate are black — which is absolutely preposterous.

The Democratic Minority Leader of the House is white. So is the Democratic Whip.

We don’t have a single black governor in the United States and in some major cities across the country that once had black mayors, with gentrification, we’re losing many of those positions as well.

Do you see where I’m going with this?

Now that a black man is no longer going to be leading the White House, we’re are getting a chance to see just how white so many of these houses of government truly are and I’m not here for it. And you should not be here for it either. The Democratic Party appears to have leaned almost exclusively on the Obama Administration for its diversity.

With President Obama in office, not only did the nation get a regular chance to see a wonderful black family, but they saw black Attorneys General, a black head of the Department of Homeland Security, a black Secretary of Education, a black head of the Department of Transportation, Latinos heading up Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Labor, the Small Business Administration and even an even a Latina woman appointed to the Supreme Court. But with Obama on the way out, all of that is out of the window and we must come to grips with the overwhelming whiteness of the Democratic Party.

African-American and Latino voters are the heart, soul and backbone of the Democratic Party. Without our votes, no Democrat can win the White House.


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