Why did the Blacks in the Democratic presidential race fail to rise? Here are three theories

Nii Ntreh Jan 15, 2020 at 05:30pm

January 15, 2020 at 05:30 pm | Opinions & Features

Nii Ntreh

Nii Ntreh | Associate Editor

January 15, 2020 at 05:30 pm | Opinions & Features

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Trump’s election is viewed as a backlash against the racial significance of Obama’s presidency. Photo Credit: New York Times

They were not considered safe choices

The election of Donald Trump is viewed by many experts as a backlash against the cultural significance of Barack Obama’s presidency. The theory holds that the nativist rhetoric found among some in White America points to that very fact.

As such, Black candidates for the presidency would be riskier gambles. Their ideas would not matter, just the color of their skin.

This may explain why Booker and Harris were not popular among Black people. Bernie Sanders, a near-octogenarian Jewish man from Brooklyn, can count on more Black support.

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