6 privileged white Democrats debated last night in Las Vegas and tried to be as black and brown as possible – Perspectives by Simon Ateba

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Four privileged white men and two privileged white women debated last night in the Democratic debate in Las Vegas, Nevada, and each tried to be as black and as brown as possible in an attempt to defeat another white man President Donald Trump in the November 2020 presidential election.

The six white people were Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar, Michael Bloomberg, and Pete Buttigieg. Two other white people still in the race did not qualify for the debate in Las Vegas. They were Tom Steyer and Tulsi Gabbard.

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Simon Ateba is a journalist and the publisher of TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington D.C.

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In all, there are still eight white people trying to defeat President Donald Trump in November.

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Race would not be noted in this article if all the white people promising to beat Donald Trump were not trying to be as black and as brown as possible as they move into states with huge African American and latino populations.

From former Vice President Joe Biden who worked with President Barack Obama, the first African-American to occupy the White House, to Amy Klobuchar who voted for Trump’s draconian border patrol czar who later caged children, as well as voted to make English an official language in the United States, everyone on stage last night said very nice things about black and brown people and how they alone could really help them.

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I could almost hear the candidate say ‘I AM ALMOST BLACK’ or ‘I MAY BE WHITE BUT REALLY DEEP INSIDE I AM BLACK AND BROWN’.

The only problem was, all the African Americans, latinos and Asian-Americans who were in the race with them have dropped out.

The reason most dropped out was mainly because white people across the nation did not give them enough money to keep pushing harder or maintain a campaign team to knock on doors or buy campaign ads.

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And so, even though the white people on stage last night tried to say nice things about black and brown people, most white people did not back black and brown people with their money or votes in New Hampshire and Iowa.

Those two states were mainly white. But as Democrats move to more diverse states like Nevada and the Carolinas, they would need the votes of black and brown people to win. As a result, everyone tried to say how great they have been to black and brown people and how horrible it is to treat black and brown people badly.

But most people on stage last night were privileged. They might not have been billionaire like Mike Bloomberg who has more money than 120 million American combined. However, they all benefited from white privilege, the same privilege not extended to black and brown people in the United States.

And most people at home watching them were white people who might be saying good things about black and brown, but when it came to supporting them with their money and votes, they did not.

In the end, what should black and brown people do? Who should they vote for?

It is not a simple answer. However, I think they should just vote for anyone they like, knowing that there is actually little difference amongst all the privileged white people who debated last night in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Simon Ateba is the publisher of TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington D.C.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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