Those Black folks, including myself, who strongly believe that the most important goal of 2020 is to oust No. 45 as president of the United States are not shouting “hallelujah” and feeling good about former Vice President Joe Biden’s selection of Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate.
We believe that once again the Democratic Party has given No. 45 an enormous, undeserved gift. Some of us will not be surprised if one of the world’s premier, me-myself-and-I conmen will now drop Mike Pence from his vice president position and replace him with a White woman. No. 45 and his crew are well aware, contrary to popular belief, that Black folks in general and Black women in particular are not the pivotal voting bloc in the upcoming election.
They know that No. 45 will get less than 10 percent of the Black vote. It’s also certain that he will get a sizable majority of the White male vote. That leaves white women, according to most political commentators, as the most unpredictable voting bloc in the 2020 presidential election. Many Black folks, including myself, don’t believe for a second that the white women vote is unpredictable. We are convinced that the overwhelming majority of white women in this country have absolutely no desire to see a “woman of color” being elected vice president before one of them has achieved the historic first. We are aware that white women leaders in the early 20th century’s suffragette movement were outraged that Black men, at least legally, had the right to vote before they did. Modern-day white women were not shouting with joy that a “man of color” got into the White House before one of them made it.
That’s why Biden’s selection of Harris is so uncool. If the focus was on defeating No. 45, rather than to provide Black people with another feel-good moment, Biden would have selected Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois or Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan as his running mate. At the same time, he would have committed to putting a Black woman on the Supreme Court. By failing to recognize that, the Democratic Party has reinforced the view of many serious Black folks that No. 45 is one of the luckiest politicians in America, if not the luckiest. By the way, I seriously doubt that if Sen. Kamala Harris was the complexion of Michelle Obama, she would have been selected as Biden’s running mate.