Cory Booker gripes about a Demo­cratic de­bate ‘with no di­ver­sity what­so­ever’

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Opinion -

About the cab­i­net of newly elected Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, the Los An­ge­les Times gushed in 2008: “Sel­dom has a pres­i­den­tial Cab­i­net in­cluded so many in­tel­lec­tual and po­lit­i­cal heavy­weights. Obama’s other achieve­ment is to have as­sem­bled such an im­pres­sive team with due def­er­ence to the need for an administra­tion that ‘looks like Amer­ica’ — Bill Clin­ton’s short­hand for eth­nic and gen­der di­ver­sity.”

Sound­ing the same “di­ver­sity” theme, for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den re­cently told NPR: “I have the most di­verse staff of any­body run­ning. I’ve al­ways done that. … The coun­try has to look like, the administra­tion should look like, the Amer­i­can pub­lic.”

But af­ter Sen. Ka­mala Har­ris, D-Calif., dropped out, Demo­cratic pres­i­dent can­di­date Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., com­plained about the prospect of the next Demo­cratic de­bate stage with “no di­ver­sity what­so­ever.”

Booker said on MSNBC: “I’m a little an­gry. I have to say that we started with one of the most di­verse fields in our his­tory, giv­ing peo­ple pride, and it’s a damn shame now that the only African Amer­i­can woman in this race, who has been speak­ing to is­sues that need to be brought up, is now no longer in it, and we’re spi­ral­ing to­wards a de­bate stage that po­ten­tially … could have six peo­ple with no di­ver­sity what­so­ever. The way this is shap­ing up, es­pe­cially with the rules of the DNC, it is pref­er­enc­ing mil­lion­aires and bil­lion­aires and a lot of other things that don’t ever trans­late into vi­a­bil­ity in Iowa.” “Giv­ing peo­ple pride”?

If Booker is re­fer­ring to blacks, lack of self-es­teem is hardly the prob­lem. As con­ser­va­tive colum­nist Di­nesh D’Souza points out, “Sev­eral stud­ies have shown that, within the U.S., black males have the high­est self-es­teem of any group.” In an ar­ti­cle called “Black Women Are More Con­fi­dent Than Any Other Group of Fe­males,” Glam­our Mag­a­zine quoted San Diego State Univer­sity psy­chol­ogy pro­fes­sor Jean Twenge, who says, “Re­search shows black women score higher on self-es­teem than women of other races and eth­nic­i­ties, which may seem sur­pris­ing, given the long his­tory of prej­u­dice and dis­crim­i­na­tion they have faced.”

As for Booker’s “no di­ver­sity what­so­ever” com­plaint, he is ef­fec­tively ac­cus­ing the Demo­cratic cau­cus and primary vot­ers, re­spon­si­ble for choos­ing their nom­i­nee, of both racism and sex­ism for their re­jec­tion of Har­ris. Shortly be­fore her with­drawal, she at­trib­uted her fall­ing poll num­bers to a lack of “electabil­ity” due to sex­ism and racism. “Why is that?” a re­porter asked her. Har­ris re­sponded: “Electabil­ity. You know, es­sen­tially, is Amer­ica ready for a woman and a woman of color to be pres­i­dent of the United States?”

At the time of Booker’s com­plaint, the six Democrats likely to make the next de­bate were Joe Bi­den, Bernie San­ders, Amy Klobuchar, Pete But­tigieg, El­iz­a­beth War­ren and Tom Steyer. Let’s ex­am­ine their al­leged lack of di­ver­sity:

Joe Bi­den would be­come only the sec­ond Catholic pres­i­dent, af­ter John F. Kennedy, who was elected al­most 60 years ago.

Bernie San­ders’ fa­ther was an im­mi­grant from what is now Poland. His ma­ter­nal grand­par­ents are from Rus­sia and Poland. If nom­i­nated and elected, San­ders would be­come the first Jewish pres­i­dent.

Amy Klobuchar’s ma­ter­nal grand­par­ents im­mi­grated from Switzer­land, and her fa­ther’s grand­par­ents im­mi­grated from Slove­nia. Win­ning the pres­i­dency would, of course, make Klobuchar the first fe­male pres­i­dent.

Pete But­tigieg is an openly gay Epis­co­palian man mar­ried to a man. His fa­ther im­mi­grated from Malta. But­tigieg would be­come the first gay pres­i­dent and, at age 39 by the time he would take of­fice, the youngest pres­i­dent ever elected.

El­iz­a­beth War­ren, a Methodist, no longer calls her­self a Na­tive Amer­i­can. So that box can­not be checked off. But she re­mains a fe­male in a coun­try that has never elected a fe­male pres­i­dent or vice pres­i­dent.

Tom Steyer was the last-hour bil­lion­aire en­trant into the race. His fa­ther was a non­prac­tic­ing Jew, and his mother was a Epis­co­palian, as is Tom. “My par­ents’ house was not par­tic­u­larly re­li­gious,” Steyer said. “They had dif­fer­ent re­li­gions. My fa­ther was brought up Jewish; he was quite ir­re­li­gious. … My mother was quite re­li­gious.”

That’s not enough di­ver­sity? And, since Booker’s com­plaint about the lack of di­ver­sity, for­mer tech en­trepreneur An­drew Yang, a Chi­nese-Amer­i­can, has qual­i­fied for the next de­bate. But no blacks. This means th­ese seven de­baters, de­spite hav­ing di­verse re­li­gions, in­come lev­els, back­grounds, up­bring­ings and her­itage, flat-out flunk the party’s di­ver­sity test.

“Woke” Democrats like Booker have ei­ther for­got­ten or no longer em­brace the words of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who in 1963 de­liv­ered one of the most fa­mous speeches in Amer­i­can his­tory in front of the Lin­coln Me­mo­rial in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., be­fore an es­ti­mated crowd of 250,000. King said, “I have a dream that my four little chil­dren will one day live in a na­tion where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the con­tent of their char­ac­ter.”

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