Proponents of racial and gender equity are fuming following the results of Tuesday's primary election in New York state. Based on the outcome of several key House races, the Democratic Party and its voters remain as committed as ever to the perpetuation of white male supremacy in this country.
The Washington Free Beacon, a prominent female-led organization with people of color in senior leadership roles, is sickened by the Democratic Party's hate-fueled war on diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are literally shaking right now.
New York's congressional primaries were particularly contentious this year due to redistricting. In the state's 12th Congressional District, for example, two incumbent Democrats—Reps. Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney—ran against each other for the nomination. Doing what comes naturally, the Democratic establishment lined up behind Nadler. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) and the New York Times editorial board were among those who endorsed the white man over his female challenger.
"There is an old boys' network that sticks together and they do not let women in," Maloney said earlier this month. "I was friends with a lot of males that I worked with on the West Side and now they won't even talk with me. They're all with Jerry, just like glue." Nadler won the primary by 30 percentage points, suggesting Democratic voters broadly support the party's push for white male supremacy.
These disgusting racial and gender biases also influenced the outcome in the hotly contested 10th Congressional District, where Dan Goldman prevailed in the Democratic primary over a black man and an Asian-American woman. Goldman, who was also endorsed by the Times, isn't your average white man. He's a billionaire scion and heir to the Levi Strauss & Co. fortune who spent $4 million of his own money to ensure a person of color didn't win the party's nomination. He defeated state assembly member Yuh-Lin Niou and incumbent Rep. Mondaire Jones (D., N.Y.), who was widely viewed as a progressive rising star and champion of racial equity.
Goldman wasn't the only white male Democrat who played a role in keeping Jones out of Congress. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D., N.Y.), chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, invoked his white male privilege and bullied Jones out of running in the 17th Congressional District, which encompassed most of Jones's old district prior to redistricting. Maloney's power move forced the promising young black man to run in the 10th district where he would go on to lose. The white man proceeded to crush his female challenger, Alessandra Biaggi, by a 2-to-1 margin. Biaggi was backed by the Democratic Party's most prominent woman of color, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.), but voters were more comfortable with Maloney.
The Democratic Party's aversion to nominating candidates of color is hardly a new development. In 2020, for example, Schumer and the party establishment spent more than $50 million on behalf of white candidates facing black challengers in Senate primaries. "Sen. Schumer, for whatever reason, did not want an African American running for Senate in North Carolina," said state lawmaker Erica Smith, who would go on to lose the primary to "Creepy" Cal Cunningham, a white man who narrowly lost the general election after a Free Beacon alum exposed his extramarital affair.
In Texas, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee also backed a white candidate in the state's primary at the expense of Royce West, a qualified black legislator. In response, the Texas Coalition of Black Democrats denounced the party establishment's "disrespectful" attempt to "rig" the primary. West called it a "slap in the face" and accused party leadership of "trying to lock African Americans out of the process."
Meanwhile, Democratic politicians and their supporters continue to lash out at Republicans of color. Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas has been subjected to a torrent of racially charged abuse, as have Sen. Tim Scott (R., S.C.) and Senate candidate Herschel Walker. In Pennsylvania, Democrats are backing John Fetterman, a white male trust-fund kid who once held an innocent black jogger at gunpoint, while ruthlessly attacking the Republican candidate, Dr. Mehmet Oz, who is trying to become the first Muslim to serve in the U.S. Senate.
The Democratic Party's demonstrated preference for white male candidates sends a powerful message that diversity, equity, and inclusion are little more than corporate buzzwords. Americans of good conscience are right to be outraged. Our children are watching. Shame!
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