Mi­nor­ity can­di­dates see suc­cess, racism

Stamford Advocate - - Obituaries / News -

For all the many suc­cesses among can­di­dates of color, the midterm elec­tions also proved to some the en­dur­ing power of racism, with mi­nor­ity politi­cians’ in­tel­li­gence and in­tegrity called into ques­tion by their op­po­nents and Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump in what were widely seen as coded ap­peals to white vot­ers.

Sev­eral Demo­cratic strate­gists said Wed­nes­day that the out­come showed the need for the party to re­cal­i­brate its strat­egy head­ing into 2020 and be­yond.

To win, they said, the party must ex­pand its base of mi­nor­ity vot­ers, while also call­ing out racism more di­rectly and do­ing more to per­suade white vot­ers to re­ject big­otry.

“At some point, vot­ers have to stop re­ward­ing racist be­hav­ior,” said ac­tivist Brit­tany Pack­nett.

Dur­ing the cam­paign cy­cle, Trump re­ferred to black Tal­la­has­see mayor and Demo­cratic can­di­date for Florida gover­nor An­drew Gil­lum as “a thief” be­cause of an un­der­cover FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tion into his ac­cep­tance of Broad­way tick­ets. Trump also branded Gil­lum’s city “cor­rupt.”

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