The Democrat Party’s notable lack of so-called “diversity” isn’t sitting well with some, including recent MSNBC addition Joshua Johnson, a long-time public radio host who joined the network as an anchor last year.
During a round-table discussion Sunday morning on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Johnson complained to four of his colleagues about the notable dearth of black candidates at last Friday’s Democrat presidential primary debate in New Hampshire.
“[S]ince you brought up African-American voters,” he said to his colleagues, “I was interested this week that so much was said about black voters and the plight of black people in the debate on Friday, which kind of historically to have this stage of mostly white candidates talking very strongly and rhapsodically about the need to support the black community historically is something.”
But the problem, he continued, is that while there was a lot of chatter about black people at the debate, there were no actual black people.
“At the same time, I can hear black voters saying, ‘If we’re so important, why aren’t we there? You’re talking about us without us. Cory Booker is gone, Kamala Harris is gone, Julian Castro is gone. You’ve got one Asian on the stage and six well-meaning white people telling us what you’re going to do for us when we weren’t on the stage anymore,'” Johnson explained.
But instead of addressing Johnson’s concerns, his four colleagues — all of them white — proceeded to talk about white presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg.
“Can Pete survive his South Bend record with African-American voters?” left-wing NBC commentator Chuck Todd asked as the clip above concluded.
According to the conservative outlook on society and race, the racial makeup of the candidates should bear no relevance on the election, and like President Donald Trump, the candidates should be promising to boost the lives of all Americans.
As the oft-maligned phrase goes, #AllLivesMatter.
Plus, as Jonah Goldberg of National Review notes, the evidence makes it clear that “diversity” isn’t and hasn’t been a problem in America for years.
“All of the first 43 presidents were white men,” he wrote two months ago. “About half were Episcopalian or Presbyterian, most of the rest belonged to other prominent denominations, and three were Christians of no formal affiliation. Then, in 2008, Barack Obama (of the United Church of Christ, for what it’s worth) became the first African-American president, winning two terms. In 2016, Hillary Clinton became the Democrats’ first female nominee. She won the popular vote but lost the election to Donald Trump.”
“Given these facts, it’s hard for me to see a diversity crisis. The top four candidates right now are Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, and Elizabeth Warren. Biden would be only the second Catholic president. Sanders would be the first Jewish president and the first socialist one. Buttigieg would be the first openly gay (and youngest) president. Warren would be the first female president (and if her DNA test had gone another way, the first Native American one).”
But according to the liberal worldview that dominates the Democrat Party, racial identity matters most, ergo why it’s imperative that racial quotas be forced upon corporations, Hollywood, schools and of course elections.
The problem is that the virtue-signaling rhetoric of Democrats about race, “tolerance,” “diversity” and “multiculturalism” rarely matches their actions.
And so when the only female black candidate running for the presidency, Sen. Kamala Harris, suddenly dropped out in early December because of a lack of money, and one of the only male black candidates, Sen. Cory Booker, followed suit the next month after failing to qualify for the sixth and seventh debates, the base began to complain.
“There are more billionaires than black people who’ve made the December debate stage — that’s a problem,” Booker himself tweeted on Dec. 4., a day after Harris’s withdrawal from the race and about a week before the sixth Democrat debate:
There are more billionaires than Black people who’ve made the December debate stage—that’s a problem. pic.twitter.com/yL1HbFt2BD
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) December 4, 2019
Such complaints have only continued to expand since Booker’s withdrawal, as have accusations that the Democrat National Committee has been manipulating debate rules to benefit certain wealthy white men like, say, Michael Bloomberg.
Case in point:
Three white men are on a presidential debate stage arguing over which one is loved more by black people … #DemDebate
— Eugene Scott (@Eugene_Scott) February 8, 2020
A year ago we were predicting the the most diverse field of candidates Democrats have ever run. With days to go until Iowa, that diversity isn’t reflected on the debate stage or in polling. And in the first two contests, it won’t show up in the electorate.
— Errin Haines (@emarvelous) January 11, 2020
Caucus irregularity, superdelegates, changing debate rules so they can have more billionaire diversity. I want to believe that Democrats finally realize their party is no different than Republicans, but we all know what availability heuristic blinders are by now, so I won’t try.
— Hank Campbell (@HankCampbell) February 4, 2020
For over a decade, we have advocated more openness in presidential debates. The DNC has sadly missed the mark by crafting rules that seem destined to exclude, rather than include, a diversity of candidates that voters need to hear from to make an informed choice. https://t.co/278GkYkOxI
— BoldProgressives.org (@BoldProgressive) February 1, 2020
“The racial and ethnic diversity of the Democratic field, and our willingness to speak directly to issues of racism, has made me proud to be a Democrat and an American. But the debates have stopped either showcasing the field or representing the Nation.”
— Darren Sands (@darrensands) January 14, 2020
Again, none of this should matter, according to the conservative worldview. But since the Democrat presidential primary is centered on the left-wing worldview, therefore the Democrat Party’s hypocritical refusal to abide by this worldview should matter.