THE BLACK WAVE-MIDTERMS 2018
Recap: In 1990, when I was 5 years old, Douglas L. Wilder became the first black Governor in the U.S. 28 years later, our nation has not elected another black Governor since, however, that can change in November. Stacey Abrams, Andrew Gillum, Ben Jealous are all African-American’s running to be Governor meaning that America will potentially elect 3 black Governors in our nation’s history. Sidebar: it’s extremely upsetting that almost 30 years after Douglas L. Wilder, we are now electing more black Governors. Midterms 2018 is one that our nation will remember for the historic nature of black candidates running for the top seats in their states, also the 2018 midterms may receive the highest turnout in decades.
“Sidebar: it’s extremely upsetting that almost 30 years after Douglas L. Wilder, we are now electing more black Governors.
“Speaking at a brightly lit downtown café, Jeff Johnson, a Democratic strategist, and pundit said the Democratic Party routinely told black candidates and advocates, “We love you, but wait till next time.” New York Times
From Politico, “Donors are looking for people with a certain profile,” Edwards added, and “candidates of color are automatically never going to be the most viable option.”
There is no doubt, great candidates who are people of color are always not viewed as great candidates for elections. And, often the establishment tend to lose elections, especially important ones because they fail to view candidates of color as credible. Furthermore, candidates of color are often the most progressive like Bernie Sanders and are the ones who rally the needed voters to win elections. Recap: when Jesse Jackson ran for president in the 80’s he was systematic and able to connect with voters across the spectrum.
From the White middle, lower-class to Black and Hispanic middle-lower class, Jesse Jackson was successful at bringing these voters together when he ran for office, but the establishment did not see him as a practical and did not fit the certain profile which is bad because they lost the election.
“From white middle, lower-class to black and Hispanic middle-lower class, Jesse Jackson was successful at bringing these voters together when he ran for office, but the establishment did not see him as a practical and did not fit the profile which is a bad because they lost the election.”
Sidebar: the elections in the 80’s with Jesse Jackson running is a clear example of why the Democrats lose elections, even at the local level. To have a “certain profile” to be considered practical or to be taken seriously, is why the Democratic establishment is in disarray and why many people such as myself supports the candidate. Additionally, as the times continue to change, a “certain profile” will no longer work, frankly has never worked.
Does It Really Matter? 😕😕
“I’m frankly tired of being told what to do by people who don’t know my community,” Mr. Johnson said.” New York Times History and current times illustrate that a certain profile is not fit for communities of color-never have been. It should not matter about a “certain profile”, however with money involved the essential reason, the “certain profile” to run for office is nothing more than the establishment getting in the way of quality candidates seeking to run for office and are the ones needed. Sidebar: because of this approach with the Democratic establishment, it’s way past time for black and brown people to no longer be highly active part of the establishment with the lack of support of candidates who are people of color.
“Sidebar: because of this approach with the Democratic establishment, it’s way past time for black and brown people to no longer be highly active part of the establishment with the lack of support of candidates who are people of color.”
“If certain black candidates like Mr. Gillum and Ms. Abrams are urging an untested path, they may find primary voters more receptive to the idea after the failure of conventional Democratic strategies against Mr. Trump.” New York Times In these high-stake midterms election, the certain profile is not an option, especially with the need to reach Black, Hispanic and Asian voters.
The notion that a certain profile to get the support of the establishment is a notion that will continue to cost them elections, support, and quality candidates.
Also published on Medium.