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‘She The People’ Organizers Allege Bias, Conspiracy to Boost White, Male Candidates

“When you got a media that's constantly saying Biden and Beto and Bernie and literally elevating the male candidates, I think that's going to be reflected in the polls,” one attendee said.

By NTK Staff | 04.25.2019 @2:00pm
‘She The People’ Organizers Allege Bias, Conspiracy to Boost White, Male Candidates

Organizers and attendees of the “She The People” event, a liberal conference focused on women of color in Houston, alleged that media bias and cultural sexism and racism are to blame for the fact that white men like former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) currently lead public opinion polls in the Democratic presidential primary.

Guests of the Wednesday event included nearly every major Democrat running for president, save for Biden who did not enter the race officially until Thursday. They included Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Cory Booker, and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke. Moderators asked each candidate why they would be the best person to represent women of color.

But just as noteworthy as the candidates’ individual responses are the mindsets that these Democratic women of color brought to the forum. Many espoused their belief that the reason that women and minority candidates are not currently leading the Democratic primary field is racism, sexism, and institutional biases.

Leah Daughtry, a “She The People” organizer:

“With all due respect to the vice president, he hasn’t even announced yet but he’s the frontrunner?” Leah Daughtry, a political operative and former Democratic National Committee official who helped organize the “She the People” event, said of Joe Biden. “Racism and sexism are part of the fabric and the fiber and the founding of our country,” she added, “and the way that the [Democratic] candidates are being treated, it just reminds you of that. We’re not past it.”

Aimee Allison, co-founder of “She The People”:

Aimee Allison, who co-founded She the People, said she thinks the polling is premature and has distorted the public’s perceptions about which candidates are viable or not. She said it’s an “open question” whether the former vice president can win over women of color in large numbers.

“He’s going to enter a really different world,” said Allison. “It’s a world in which we’ve woken up as women of color and we’re not just going along to get along for a Democratic Party insider.”

Latosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter:

“When you got a media that’s constantly saying Biden and Beto and Bernie and literally elevating the male candidates, I think that’s going to be reflected in the polls,” said Brown, who co-founded Black Voters Matter, a group that works on mobilizing the black community.

Biden has led every national Democratic presidential primary poll dating back to October with one exception. His official entrance into the race will help boost his numbers further for the time being, but the process is still in the early days.

Biden served for eight years as vice president and is well known by virtually all Americans. Sanders, who famously challenged Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential primary, is also a household name and well-liked by many Democrats.

More likely than institutional bias, racism, and sexism is the fact that Americans, in large numbers, can identify and know something about these men. That’s not true of most of the other candidates, and that’s the burden that every other presidential candidate in history has had to face. Debates, which are scheduled to begin in late June, will go a long way in equalizing the field.

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