Why Trump Fears Women of Color

The right recognizes their political power. The left takes them for granted.


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  1. Stacey Abrams. Now there’s a candidate I’d support wholeheartedly, no wincing as I pull the lever.

  2. @berman - YES! What an easy choice. No holding your nose while pulling the lever, no grappling over "the lesser of two evils." Abrams, The Squad and other strong women are our future and that gives me tears of hope.

  3. @berman Nobody, man or woman, can win with that much extra weight on them.

  4. @berman Yes but she isn't running and holds no current elected office and can't be counted on to deliver Georgia's Electoral votes to the Democrats.

  5. When Democrats get in office they need to work hard to open voting to more people to counter the suppression efforts of Republicans. Democrats often underestimate how hard Republicans work to suppress and gerrymander but that is the only course of action Republicans have to stay in office. Democrats also need to work to kill the electoral college. We could have avoided Bush 43 and Trump if Dems had pushed an amendment to kill the electoral college long ago.

  6. @Anthony The electoral college is indeed a millstone around our necks. But on June 12 of this year (I don't think the NYT reported it) Oregon became the 16th state to pass the National Popular Vote Bill. https://www.nationalpopularvote.com/ The NPV movement is a compact between states that would come into force as soon as enough like-minded states have signed it. The threshold is based on having a majority of the electoral college. The signatory states have decided to hand all their electoral votes to the person who receives the most individual votes for president across all 50 states and DC.

  7. @Anthony I would be happy if they just changed their state election rules to split their electoral votes based on the voting breakdown in their state. For example, if a state has six electoral votes and vote is split 2/3 for candidate A to 1/3 for candidate B, Then A gets 4 electoral votes and B gets 2. That way the votes for candidate B don't get thrown away in the national election.

  8. This article seems to be half-right. Yes, conservatives fear these voters, as well they should. But the left does NOT take them for granted, and this piece provides no evidence or argument to that effect.

  9. @Christopher B. Daly The left (Democrats) do take these constituents for granted. What have they really done in the past to alleviate housing, education and health outcomes. The best one can say is that they slow down these issues but they never have in the past ever really pressed to make sure these voters get the resources to lift their communities up. How is it that redlining, employment discrimination and police harassment/killing are still a thing? Republicans don't do it by themselves. There has historically been a great deal of silence on the part of the other party.

  10. Yes, the Left does take them for granted. Exactly how many programs do democrats offer to women of color to support their cause? When it’s politically expedient, they will support a woman of color. Until they are needed, women of color are ignored. Democrats abandoned the middle class which is one of the reasons we ended up with Trump. They abandoned people of color long before that.

  11. @FDRT Is it silence, or have we been silenced? The gop is only good at two things, squashing everything in sight, and stealing resources. If we as a Country would get behind each other and really work together to maintain a Progressive majority a whole host of things would be much better. Have a little faith,my friends. Just contemplate the eternally misplaced 'faith' in trickle down. What has that gotten us but where we are now, with most driven to crazy distraction trying to make a living with crumbs. To me, this has resulted in blind anger and the angry do not even know or understand who or what they are angry about. So they vote gop. ?????

  12. "Since 2008, women of color have grown by 18 percentage points in the general population and by 25 percentage points among registered voters." I'm curious just how one goes about defining women (or people, for that matter) of color? I see the authors include Asians, African Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders and indigenous North Americans. So let's say we stay with these examples and ignore Sicilians, Southern Spaniards, etc.. What percentage of these folks needs to be of the aforementioned races/ethnicities to be included in the survey? For example, if a person possesses 1% African American in their heritage, does he/she count and if not, where does the line get drawn? "Ninety-three percent of black women voters supported a Democratic House candidate as did 68 percent of Native American women, 76 percent of Latinas and 73 percent of Asian-American and Pacific Islander women. This does not bode well for the incumbent president." Here's another statistic for you. Only once since the onset of two-term limits has the party in control of the White House not been given a 2nd term (1980 with Jimmy Carter). Given this American voting trend, I'd say that the 2020 election does not bode well for the incumbent's challenger.

  13. @Independent Observer Actually you are wrong. George H.W. Bush also didn't get a second term. Your other "point" regarding who is considered a person of color seems incredibly disingenuous and particularly irrelevant. Perhaps that was the pt. you were making. These women don't really matter to you. BTW, As I'm sure you know, most of these types of surveys are completed by people who self-identify. Like they do with age, education and gender. Do you think a Southern European would identify themselves as person of color? If so then they have these categories to choose from. Also, when the U.S. under the Nixon administration began using the term "Hispanic" they (for some ignorant reason) included Spaniards but not Portuguese. Neither group belongs, it is an inclusion that has never made any sense.

  14. @Independent Observer Also, George HW Bush.

  15. @FDRT I said "party in control of the White House," not individual. In 1988, the Republicans had already enjoyed their two terms and would see a 3rd., which is the only time a party has seen anything beyond a 2nd term. As far as how one "identifies," at what point do you say that the person is "misidentifying" (like Rachel Dolezal, for instance). Also, Elizabeth Warren "identifies" as Native American, but her test showed that she might only be 1/1024th of that heritage. Should that count? My biggest problem with so-called "identity politics" is the lack of any clear definitions for the groups being discussed.

  16. When it comes to elections, I don’t care about people’s gender or race. I care about their politics. When the authors of this article reduce people to stereotypes about their race and gender they are doing the same thing that Trump does: replacing democratic debate with identity marketing.

  17. @Martin Amen. Identity is not policy. Nothing wrong with identity, but it's is not the answer. Where you end up is more important than where you started. We must all move forward together.

  18. @Martin I must've missed the stereotypes among all the stats mentioned in this article. Can you point them out? When a large segment of the population seems disenfranchised to vote, many believe that's important to analyze and understand - and do something about it, doesn't that matter to you?

  19. @Martin As a member of the unmarked category, you have the luxury to pick and choose.

  20. As a white male with 75 years of life experience, I wholeheartedly welcome WOCs (women of color) into positions of power. Many reasons, but empathy may be the most important to me, and pragmatism also. I have admired many woman heads of state over the years, and wish we could have one of our very own. After the Watergate hearings, I was rooting for Barbara Jordan (wish she were here now!). Now, we have such a deep bench of women Democrats (and men, too -- I'm not biased) ready to step up. With them and the amazing swarm of eloquent young activists like the Parkland survivors and climate organizer Greta Thunberg, I am becoming optimistic once more.

  21. Rise of minorities in calming its very rightful place in the society & in decision making in both private organizations & in Government does not automatically mean that justice would be served & benefit the society. Sometimes it simply means the ruler is replaced with a new set people with not much different style of governance/management. Post-independent history of European colonies in Asia, Africa, & LatAm showed it. I'm observing Indian politics (biggest democracy in the world) for many years. Since mid 1980s the "lower caste" or "Untouchables" started getting political power there. Political parties specifically catering to that section of Indian population are ruling many big states and with significant influence in Federal Govt there for last few decades. Those "Dalit" ("lower caste" people) ruled states are not in any better situation now as it was during past "upper caste" rule. The only way the heinous caste division among Hindus bridged is by invoking Hinduism & manufacture a common enemy in form of Islam & Pakistan. The same "us" vs "them" narrative! That's how the ruling Modi led BJP got its power. Fall of traditional sociopolitical elites of Congress party, who enjoyed power since end of British raj, did not mean much in terms of better governance or serving justice. GOP must wake up before its too late to attract decent minorities. It's equally true for Dems. Dems must not allow its political platform to be exploited in the name of minority politics either.

  22. @bonku I think I understand your pt. about the formerly subjugated replicating the similar practices. I don't think that you read what the authors wrote here. Part of what they call attention to is not simply engaging and activating non-white women, they also alluded to multi-yr. plans. Women of color in these communities know better than anyone what is needed and doubtless propose workable and uplifting programs and policies that ensure that all people, especially the historically dispossessed get a chance a better life of which they've been denied. In the example you give, and in others (when you name various parts of the world) you neglect to note that by and large these "changes" were directed by and implemented almost entirely by men. I'm sure if women, particularly lower class women, were at least able to be equal partners in negotiating the transition from colonialism we would see far fewer tragic outcomes.

  23. @FDRT, I don't think it's men vs women debate either. Generally speaking, any privileged people would not like to denounce its power simply because it's the right think to do. That's irrespective of religion, gender, caste/sect (internal division among one religious group), age, and so on. It's basically "weaker" vs "stronger" in the society. I'm reasonably sure that women are not significantly any better than men in terms of its perception of justice and truth. That narrative is again "us" vs "them" and only creates division among people. We need to attract & promote people with better quality in terms of its perception or core values regarding justice & truth (which must not be based on religion or such "holy" book or any other criteria except science and data driven logic), which generally comes from good education & life experience. Education in terms of knowledge/wisdom, ability to think independently based on data/fact, and not via academic degrees or job designation.

  24. I brought religion in this discussion as USA is the most religious country among all developed countries and it has huge influence in American politics. Rise of Far Right "conservative" groups use Christian fundamentalism. For long Christian fundamentalism was mixed it with white supremacy. Distortion of history to wrongly depict Arab-African looking Jesus Christ (as per researchers- https://is.gd/W4Qi80) as blue eyed, blond hair white man even in churches of black or brown people is a nice example. History indicate that American secularism is a byproduct of the internal conflicts among Christians. And that conflict was very nasty at times. A huge section of minorities in USA are non-Christians and they are very religious. Now imagine conflict among A recent PEW survey showed that "minorities" in USA are more religious than whites- https://is.gd/hooMJ9 (keep in mind, Asians include mostly Atheist Chinese are other South East Asian people from communist countries like China. Other Asian people are very religious, like African and LatAm people.) And if you bring cultural and other divisions then the situation become more challenging. And that's why its becoming far more crucial to stick to the basic values of democracy driven by science & data driven truth and justice.

  25. Actually, it's the political center that takes them for granted. The "left" is producing policy that protects the rights of all Americans, not just the few.

  26. Our democracy is at risk alright. All women, and all men, irrespective of color and all the other accidentals that divide us, need to look beyond what divides us and focus on what unites us, our needs included. There is such a chasm between us that few dare to reach across and unite in chasm-filling, whatever that divide might be. We do not need more research or voting tallies. We need more hands-across, starting in our own families where separatism begins, and including all who are in need. Forget the non-essentials make us different. Let's unite in what makes us one people: "one for all and all for one," a catchy cry of union from all of us.

  27. @Lake. woebegoner Yes, yes, very nice: hands-across. So here's the rub: In 2016 Americans had the opportunity to choose hands-across when it counted. Instead, most whites chose Trump. They (/we) still do. Most black women chose hands-across. This is why politically empowering black women would be good for all Americans: black women will fight for hands-across, those in need, and unity, much more effectively than most whites just did with their votes.

  28. It's unfortunate that the article falsely implies that Ms. Abrams would have won the governorship but for alleged improper actions by the then-governor. There is no evidence for this allegation. (Talk about conspiracy theories!) As for politicians or officials of color, progressives only desire them if they have progressive politics. Witness the progressives' abysmal treatment of Condolezza Rice, Ben Carson, Clarence Thomas, etc. etc.

  29. @R.P. And I think ideally we should be choosing candidates based on their policies (progressive, conservative, etc.) so I have no problem not supporting the people you mention. I really don't support identity politics. That may be the real issue to consider.

  30. @R.P. Systematic voter suppression is not a "conspiracy theory."

  31. Well that’s silly. Progressives want people of color or not that are progressive in their views. Of the three people you mentioned Ms Rice is the most intelligent and one whom I respect despite her views on many things. I would be over the moon if the race for president were between Ms Rice for the GOP and Ms Abrams for the Democrats. That would be a “progressive” ticket all around!

  32. This is the best news I've read in some time. One obvious way to engage women of color is for one of them to be on the ballot. That may be the best argument for Kamala Harris to be nominated for Vice President. But given the central issue of Hispanic immigration that highlights Trump's racism and cruelty, Julian Castro, might be an even better choice. He's articulate, knowledgeable as Joe Biden found out in the last debate, and has held high government office. With Hispanics now the largest minority this could mobilize a blue tsunami and even put Texas, Castro's home state, into play.

  33. @Paul Wortman Kamala Harris locked up poor black women in jail, sometimes for months at a time, because their kids were truant from school. She then laughed about it in a public speech. So, why do you think Kamala Harris would appeal to black women?

  34. @Paul Wortman Trump wins in 2020. Period

  35. @Paul Wortman Well Spike, why don't you DOCUMENT how the President is "racist?"

  36. All well and good. But article states: steer clear of divisive rhetoric and vitriol is the right thing to do. But no empirical support is proffered for the statement. And even the moral argument is left unargued.

  37. Those who refuse to publish the best solutions to our problems hate us. Those who try to divide and antagonize a country hate us. Those who relentlessly create polarization and animosity hate us. Those who try exploit and inflame the fears hate us. Those who created the partisan schism but acting as if they are trying to solve the crisis hate us. Ask yourself who fits this description.

  38. "I belong to no organized political party. I'm a democrat." Will Rogers Still true but getting better. Trump's contribution is to unite the opposition. United we stand, divided we fall. etc. Do what you can and VOTE.

  39. Women of Color-African, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, perhaps the better label would by nonEuropean ancestry are taking on the policies of the Republican Party. But women, writ large, are another force that is finding those policies to be lacking. In fact, many white males are disillusioned with Republican policies. So what is a Democratic candidate to do? Campaign with polices that promote people over corporations (jobs and environment), policies that benefit the 90% over the 10% (healthcare, education, infrastructure), policies that humanity and safety before destruction (international cooperation, diplomacy). Then LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE which candidate can provide the best outcomes. QUIT promoting yourself by denigrating any other Democratic candidate. Sending a wounded (by friendly fire) nominee up against Trump is suicide for the Democratic Party and the American people. If every adult citizen with the right to vote gets registered and votes, we can end the national nightmare. Then the healing can begin.

  40. @Maureen Steffek. I, too, am uncomfortable with the label "women of color". I suspect that those included in this group don't all have identical objectives, beliefs, aspirations, nor are their economic and social situations the same. A candidate's approach should be on issues that are important to many voters, be they "women of color " or any other designating label a journalist may use.

  41. @Maureen Steffek "perhaps the better label would by nonEuropean ancestry" Perhaps no label would be better.

  42. @Maureen Steffek Hispanic, Native American, perhaps the better label would by nonEuropean ancestry ... Hispanics have lots of European ancestry. Spain is in Europe. Migrants from Italy, Germany and even Scotland populated Latin American countries.

  43. I DO recall my shock at realizing that Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia was in the position of being Referee, Scorekeeper AND Contestant in the gubernatorial election in which he was a contestant! Is there no provision for “Recusal” in this matter? It strongly suggests to me that the votes of the CITIZENS of Georgia should fairly represent the VOICE of the people in a Democracy. For this -I have daily concern! Our Democracy is at peril, and should be protected more scrupulously on a State level.

  44. @M. Sheehan I must say I was flabbergasted when he didn't resign his post after he won the R nomination. I could be wrong, but I don't believe I remember any other Georgia statewide office holder not doing so. Actually, I thought it was required that he resign; silly me.

  45. @M. Sheehan, I agree. I don't know why the citizens of Georgia didn't take to the streets at the obvious Soviet tactic that Kemp took. I can't believe the majority of voters would just look away and scuff their toes in the dust to, you know, make sure a white man won. But that election result was so bogus, with Kemp timidly trying to go a step too far, then another, then without much pushback, he just went ahead and stole the election! That bothers me; that I didn't see streets filled with Georgians protesting the blatant rigging happening right in front of them; right in the open, to keep the African American woman from having major power in their state. No wonder the KKK feels kind of emboldened right now!

  46. Well, that’s the two-party system for you. Lack of options keep voters and activists in a bind. Ranked choice voting would open the political marketplace to more competition.

  47. @Tom Johnson--It's way past time for us to refuse to let the parties choose our candidates. Direct, ranked voting is the way to go. Let's kill the unearned, corrupt power of political parties.

  48. "The right recognizes their political power. The left takes them for granted." This is the sub-title to the piece. Whoever might "recognize," or "fear" or "take for granted" women of color, I imagine that "women of color" as a group and individually, like most, will cast their votes by evaluating the policies Trump and the Republicans have pushed (e.g., their feverish drive to repeal the ACA), and the atmosphere of fear, hate and societal division that Trump promotes on an hourly basis, versus the policies and national vision that the Democrats and Democratic nominee will offer as a clear alternative in November 2020.

  49. Helen Reddy redux. What goes around comes around.

  50. THE GREAT NEWS: The data in this article offer some of the best news I've heard in a long time! They point to an important (and long overdue) strategy for advancing Democratic policy positions--developing better systems for the long-term development of candidates from communities that are underrepresented in government. THE DISAPPOINTING NEWS: Too many negative and critical early commenters express the classic views of "white blindness." Comments such as "I vote for the candidate, regardless of race," or "We all matter. We just need to unify," or "Focusing on race just contributes to the same divisiveness we're trying to heal," or one commenter who actually questioned the data itself. To that last commenter, one of the authors of this article has a doctorate in political science (meaning their data can likely be relied upon). The other author leads a community organization working on these issues. It will be hard to achieve the goal of elevating more women of color to leadership roles as long as there are so many voters who still don't understand the weight of the institutionalized racism and how we all participate in it. RECIPE FOR CURING WHITE BLINDNESS: Racism isn't just in your face hate speech. It's also reflected in these kinds of comments since they demonstrate a blindness to the experiences and voices of people of color. We all could do well to slow down and truly listen to each other.

  51. @Mary Kirk It really irks me that by simply not agreeing with someone, this seems to imply that I must have either a deficiency or a serious pathology.

  52. @Mary Kirk: More stereotyping, like your term 'white blindness' will never yield the results you intend. You're promoting still more racial division.

  53. "Moreover, we know very little about how to engage women of color in politics." What's wrong with simply talking to them? In my 60+ years on this planet, I've always found them engaging, savvy and all-around decent people. If I want to know what's going on, I ask them; they know.

  54. This interesting article would be a lot more convincing if the many statistics were "sourced". (Since when do voters disclose their gender or "color" on ballots or when they register to vote?) And the insistence on maintaining that Latinos are other than "white" is still news for millions of them. Latinos are a very large ethnic minority, but stubborn claims that the increasing Latino population will soon make "whites" a minority plays into the hands of Trump's "replacement-theory" partisans.

  55. @Martin Daly I hope that by "ethnic" you mean cultural, as in "Hispanic". The Hispanic culture englobes sub-cultures that are more varied than the different cultures that once composed the British Empire. And "Latinos" can be of any race - or mixture of races.

  56. @Martin Daly Democrats have pretty much promised that whites, especially men, will be replaced.

  57. @S.G.: No, "ethnic" does not mean "cultural". "Culture", by definition, is a product of human construction; language is cultural. (I won't touch the comparison with the British Empire.) Ethnicity depends on actual (or perceived) heredity. Trump and his ilk may complain about "multi-culturism" and failure to "assimilate" with "American" ways, but what they really object to is people who aren't "white". And that "'Latinos' can be of any race" was the point of my original comment.

  58. Don’t look now, but some women of color supported and voted for Trump in 2016, and will so in 2020. Our task, by no means an easy one, is to make sure these women are persuaded to vote Democrat in 2020.

  59. @Mon Ray Trump delivered jobs to POC instead of platitudes. You can't feed your family on liberal talking points.

  60. @Mon Ray "our task" ?

  61. @Mon Ray Trump said in 2016 what have you got to lose? I will provide jobs that the Dems promise but never deliver. Trump has actually increased employment for all Americans but particularly for minorities and for women. Many people understand this and will vote for Trump when they did not before. Trump is neither a racist or hater of minorities. NYT and Dems tell us it was Russia Russia Russia collusion collusion collusion and Mueller would end Trumps presidency. Now that failed narrative has been flushed down the toilet the Democrats now do what they do to every GOP member running for election for the last 2 decades and that is slime them with the racist smear. I've run across more democrats who are real racists than you would imagine.

  62. Demography is typically only destiny when it comes to age. No identity group is, or votes as a monolith. That we need to hear, learn and work with all voices is a given. The gender and color of those voices is is less important than what they say, and much more importantly, what they do. We need more civic engagement by everyone. How about giving all high school students a day off from school to work in city government, or with a local political candidate? Or, how about making Election Day a national holiday? We fight wars abroad to support democracy, but cannot muster participation by all, regardless of identity, at home. Let's get back to the big picture in which accountable government is about doing the most good for the greatest number of people. As Lincoln put it " government of the people, by the people, and for (all) the people."

  63. @Ask Better Questions, YES, ask better questions. Demography is the WHAT, but you gain nothing of the WHYbehind the what. This is why pigeonholing people by demographics is, ultimately, lame. With the reasons WHY certain demographic groups may behave in ways similar to one another, then you can go for the $64 question ... SO WHAT can we do to reach these folks?

  64. I read this op-ed looking for the ways in which the left have been taking women of color for granted, and didn't find it. Don't you at least have to explain why you said something in the headline? I am white and have been involved with groups on the left. In my experience we are often unaware of our arrogance and may unintentionally overwhelm voices of people of color, especially including women. But we are not taking them for granted. African-Americans are the core beating heart of the Democratic party, and if you look at what's going on in the Presidential race among the leaders, you see people fighting over those voters.

  65. @Jon Webb Thanks for the work you're doing to make a difference. FYI, editors write headlines, not authors. The editor's goal is to grab your attention and make you stop to read. Sometimes the headlines fall short.

  66. I think it is an error by the author to say that "liberals" or "the left" take women of color for granted. Since about 1990, the Democratic Party leadership has been anything but liberal. At that time, those in charge, especially through the Democratic Leadership Council, took the party away from its traditional constituencies to pursue a more affluent and educated base. These arrogant people wrongly assumed that working people and people of color would automatically continue to vote Democratic. These are the people who brought us Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and who tried to foist Hillary on the country. Far from having learned their lesson, they are now backing Joe Biden. Working people, people of color, and organized labor are all looking for a party that will represent them. It once was the Democrats and could be again, if Sanders, Warren, Harris or Buttigieg is the eventual nominee.

  67. This article highlights a belief I have that and have expressed around our (mostly) liberal dinner table political conversations. My spouse believes that voting should be a mandatory requirement of citizenship. I, on the other hand, believe that "not voting" is actually a form of voting and may, in fact, be thought of as a political act of the last resort by those in the "taken for granted" category.

  68. @Woodson Dart, not voting is voting for the status quo. Nothing more, nothing less. It's also why we are where we are now. Look up participation in Federal elections since 1978 and average it out. You'll find it comes in at ~47% of the eligible population over the past 4 decades of the dissolution of our democratic republic. It ain't "them" to blame, it's "us."

  69. @Woodson Dart "voting should be a mandatory requirement of citizenship." Yes, but that means to be backed up by reforms. It's difficult for some people to leave their jobs to vote. I've been fortunate because my employers allow for late arrivals or early departures on voting day. Some jobs are so important that they can't be left, like emergency personnel. Voting needs to be moved to a non-working day, and alternative ways of voting are needed.

  70. @Woodson Dart Not voting is not a “form of voting.” It is a way to avoid making a difficult decision given a finite number of choices.

  71. In this time of acrimonious partisan divisions, at least Stacey Abrams and Donald Trump agree on one thing -- neither likes to pay taxes, but don't mind the idea of foisting taxes on those of us in the actual working class. I voted Libertarian in both races, by the way.

  72. @John Jabo Libertarians are the obnoxious relatives who like to go and have a blast at a family reunion but never do anything to make it happen or clean up the mess afterwards. They're vocal with other guests on how they could make things better. Yet, they'll never offer any meaningful assistance...

  73. So you actually voted for the GOP in both races because you voted against Hilary and Stacey.

  74. @Rich Murphy I am not a prisoner to the two-party system. I'm sure Republican would argue that I voted for Dems in both races. I did vote against Hillary and Stacey. But I also voted again Trump and Kemp. I sleep well at night.

  75. What a great essay, thank you. Just imagine the potential power of this group. Trump won because of an organized effort on the part of disaffected uneducated white men spurred by hatred for those unlike themselves. It's extremely unlikely that the entire fractured Democratic Party can effectively organize itself to counter this group, whether this coalition is taken for granted or not. So note to all right-thinking people: let the Women of Color lead the way.

  76. @Rich888 "Trump won because of an organized effort on the part of disaffected uneducated white men spurred by hatred for those unlike themselves." Trump also won because of a Constitutional flaw, and because he promised to return abortion law to democratic control, after this reform had been blocked by Democrats for more than 40 years. Racism is a problem, but the Times needs to stop seeing everything through that lens.

  77. @Rich888. You forget that the majority of college educated white women voted for Trump. Perhaps you can explain why Harris is unable to capture African American support. They seem to prefer a white make called Biden.

  78. @Jackson Harris is female -- misogyny is color blind-- furthermore she was in favor of keeping the brothers locked up even when they had done nothing wrong while a prosecutor in CA. Does Harris believe in busing now??

  79. This piece does a nice job of showing the actual and potential political power of women of color. But “the left takes them for granted?” That case did not seem to be made quite as well. There is no question that the Democratic Party has sometimes taken elements of its base for granted, as all political parties do. But if anything, Democratic campaigns and candidates seem more cognizant than ever of the role and power of women of color. Stacey Abrams was only the beginning.

  80. I think the issues are progressive vs. non-progressive and there's nothing in the constituency of women (or men) of color that guarantees a progressive agenda. Slavery reparations is a progressive policy. However, addressing income inequality for all is a more global progressive issue that isn't necessarily embraced by people of color. I get an impression that moving more people of color into the top 10% is the agenda--less interest in increasing the wages of the 90%. This, along with social conservatism (anti-abortion, less comfort with LGBT rights) means that the traditional Democratic party platforms are not exactly what people of color want. If the Democratic Party is considered to be taking people of color for granted, it may be because their agendas don't really mesh.

  81. @Concerned Citizen - no idea what you are talking about. Really. Democrats lean conservative like Ronald Reagan? I don't know any Democrat that adheres to anything Ronald Reagan said or stood for.

  82. I am a liberal democrat who happens to be a white woman. I agree that Stacey Abrams is a top notch talent. Not only can she speak with eloquence and authority, she can do it extemporaneously. She is also very funny when she wants to be. Nothing would make me prouder than to see her hold the highest office in the land. There are other women (and men) of color about whom I would say similar things. In my view, these folks have already shown greatness simply by getting where they are today within a system that does not welcome them. I am looking forward to a future that includes many more people of color in important influential positions.

  83. Titles like this are such a turnoff. They imply a chief executive cowering behind his desk at a wave of righteous opponents, of color no less. As his actions make abundantly clear, Trump doesn't fear anyone. And to the extent that others won't vote for him/will actively work against him, he goes into battle mode. Best to focus on how to counter that than run feel-good pieces.

  84. @Wine Country Dude I find the title to be aptly named. Trump does indeed fear others. It's evident in much of his life and has certainly bled into his presidency. Richard Nixon feared blacks and hippies. Trump fears "the other".

  85. @Wine Country Dude Interesting take on his behavior Dude. Some might say the psychology under his bombastic demeanor, his constant finger pointing, and his constant battle mode suggest insecurity.

  86. The increased participation in Democracy is great. In terms of analyses, however, most voters are not simply divided into conservative or liberal. Diversity of views on a diversity of issues needs to be engaged and respected as much as women of all colors.

  87. This is to some extent a twisted variation on the bothsider platitude. If the left is taking these women for granted, then why is it that the further left a constituency is, the more likely it is to be represented by one of them? The DNC and the older conservative democrats from previous administrations, the careerists, are taking them for granted — but they're not shunning them. They simply see the world as territorial and transactional and seek to preserve the maximum size of their own personal control. Unfortunately that is the way the world is. This is because we have had right wing government since the second world war, (although the republican Eisenhower Administration was very progressive on taxation) Please — know your enemy. Don't simply display your righteousness. Ideals serve us when they can be put into practice. Only the progressive populations and the politicians they elect will allow that. The Conservatives in both parties do not actually have values to apply, they reign over territory. It's a fundamentally different way of existing. This is not about color or gender or generation. It is about having or being. Controlling for your own gain or sharing for the greater good. A progressive philosophy can allow us to live our values without reference to age, race or gender. Politicians do not become good because they can tick boxes on forms.

  88. The headline does not appear to reflect the article. Was crafted solely for cheesy click bait? Regardless, the President does not fear the squad. He simply disagrees with their politics and proposed policies and is using them to convince moderates to vote Republican.

  89. I hope women of color can do better than the people they replace. Take Baltimore, and Chicago, 2 high crime cities run by people of the same political party for decades. Regardless of race or gender, the cities have been driven into the ground. If the leader elected by the people is steered by the unsuccessful politicians of before, don’t expect meaningful change. The problem with elected leaders, is they rely on people with more experience that have failed before to “help them” lead. It’s time to change those in their party responsible for the failed past, not just the person who is their boss.

  90. Yes! Yes! Yes! We have been ruled by white male identity politics throughout our history. Let’s acknowledge the longtime truth that women, particularly women of color, are a force to be reckoned with.

  91. Trump doesn’t just fear women of color, he fears women, period. It’s pathological, tied up with his mother and her harsh treatment of young Donny. The evidence is clear: His continued fixation on Hillary Clinton along with the fact that Nancy Pelosi dismantles him every time they meet and have a conflict. The way to beat Trump in 2020 is not going head-on into his egregious and obvious corruption and ineptitude. It’s going after him psychologically. He’s a colossal failure, especially in the context of strong capable women, regardless of color. We need to remind voters of that at every turn.

  92. @D. Ellis Where do you get that Trump fears women? Quite the contrary: he's the only President in recent history who doesn't care what women think of him. Did he fear Stormy Daniels, Rosie O'Donnell, Hillary Clinton or the Miss America contestants he may have groped? Does he fear Melania, who makes no attempt to rein him in? Certainly doesn't seem like it. True, he wanted Hillary "locked up" but I don't think that was for his own protection.

  93. The fear of women permeates our societies because they know the women have inherent power thus the constant attempts to subjugate. Women also carry this fear. Their collective unconscious that unaware leads them especially white women to support candidates that are destroying our planet, healthcare etc

  94. The “voter suppression” story in the Georgia gubernatorial election has been thoroughly disproved. Repeating it over and over again won’t make it true.

  95. @Joe Keane You demean yourself -- and fail to pay proper respect to other Times readers -- if you make a claim like this without providing a link or citations. For just one example, Republicans wrongly purged 340,000 voters from the rolls in 2017, many of whom never learned of having lost their right to vote until it was too late. An additional 86,000 voters were purged within three months of Election Day. This in an election Kemp "won" by less than 55,000 votes. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/nov/10/georgia-election-recount-stacey-abrams-brian-kemp https://www.ajc.com/news/local-govt--politics/georgia-cancels-fewer-voter-registrations-after-surge-last-year/fqT1bcSzGu33UEpTMDzMVK/

  96. Lots of evidence in article showing how important women of color are to the Democratic party, but virtually no evidence that liberals "take them for granted." I think the truth is that women of color are important and powerful in progressive politics and the US in general. Look at data on enrollment in law, dental and medical schools. Women of color are an emerging force in society.

  97. Academic analysis is all very well and good, but can you please explain why Stacey Abrams has endorsed Joe Biden?

  98. @LGW She a woman, African American and from the South. Sounds like someone he might pick VP-wise for a balanced ticket.

  99. Black women, in particular, come from long lines of strong women, who held the family together. As a therapist I have been impressed over and over by the wisdom and strength of black women. They pass that wisdom to daughters and granddaughters, to nieces and grandnieces, to women in their churches. In many Hispanic cultures women, especially mothers, are revered and respected. Native American women often hold positions of leadership and their wisdom is respected and listened to. Trump is basically a coward. He likes people willing to debase themselves and grovel. Strong women do not, will not, grovel. And that gets under Trump’s skin like almost nothing else. For this reason I have come to believe that Dems need a female candidate this time around. A strong, wise, experienced candidate who has given evidence that trump’s bullying will never cause her to give up her principles, her vision or her stature. That woman is Elizabeth Warren. I commend her candidacy. (Stacy Abrams is dynamite! But let her into the Senate. We need lots of women in high places.)

  100. @TheraP That worked so well in 2016, didn't it? Until the Democrats get away from your sort of thinking, the Trumps of the GOP will continue their wrecking-ball politics and win.

  101. Groups always over estimate their powers. How many times, how many articles have said that the outcome of a election will be decided by ... (fill in the blank with the group of your choice) "the outcome of the 2020 election will likely depend upon the efforts of independent groups led by women of color" is simply untrue. The outcome of the next election will be decided by the actions of all voting Americans, not by 22/23 million black women (who, by the way, do not vote as a block)

  102. @sjs If there is one group that will decide the election, it will, sorry to say, be working class white men in the Rust Belt. Many of them voted for Obama, but couldn't stomach Hillary. Win them back, and you've got the White House. They are the demographic to focus on, if what you actually want is to win.

  103. @Samuel Russell yawn, Joe Six-Pack is now Jose Six-Pack and they can’t stomach the man who squats in the White House

  104. I agree with others who have asked what defines a person, particularly a woman, of color? What is the threshold of non-caucasian genetic material must one possess to be considered a person of color? This entire discussion demonstrates a resurrection of eugenics, a pseudo-science used since the late nineteenth century to justify racism. Moreover, it points to a very disturbing aspect of racism pointed against people who are not of color. Why, in the words of Rodney King, can't we all just get along? Thank you.

  105. @Southern Boy I disagree. What this discussion shows is the inability of some people to recognize the strength of others and the continued sense of denial that makes racism possible.

  106. @N. Smith, Before reacting, take a moment to think about this: The truth actually lies at the midpoint between denial and obsession.

  107. The heading "Why Trump Fears Woman of Colour" really worries me. What is your basis that Trump fears woman of colour? You claim that "the squad" are good politicians, they are so bad that Trump is actually manipulating you to hold them up as the face of the Democratic party and in so doing are securing a win for the Republicans. The USA will not heal until you stop with identity politics as started by Obama and to start to see everyone as Americans, black and white, male and female.

  108. @Ben Kruger The US is not going to heal; progressive and conservative sides are flying apart, trust is broken, and there is less common ground by the day. Each side has different values, different vision of the future, and a different culture. There is no unifying vision, force, or interest.

  109. @David Gould Thanks for your comment, yes, I believe that you are correct that they are splitting apart but I hope it is just the radicles on both sides and that the average American just wants to go on with there lives and that is where you will find the common ground. Job security and a future for there kids.

  110. @Ben Kruger Politics have been about identity (at least) since black people were considered 3/5 of a person. It didn't start with Obama.

  111. The sub-title of this opinion piece makes an assertion that is completely unsubstantiated by the piece, that is, that conservatives understand the importance of women of color in progressive politics more than liberals do. That assertion, furthermore, with all due respect, is absolute nonsense. The problem, once again, is the mainstream news media. Women of color are economically disadvantaged in this country and have been so forever. Our private health insurance system punishes and ultimately kills the economically disadvantaged among us. Our education system has disadvantaged predominantly-minority communities since forever. The Medicare for all and free college policies proposed first by "liberals" like Senator Sanders and picked up by Elizabeth Warren and now others will specifically, primarily and profoundly help those disadvantaged groups. The mainstream news media has refused to make this connection, instead distracting people with talk of socialism. Women of color, and communities of color will be raised up by those policies, if enacted, and they must be enacted because they are a long-overdue step in the direction of economic justice.

  112. tRump should certainly be afraid of THIS woman of color. She is a top of the line leader, the future of the Democratic Party, and I will continue to support her.

  113. Perhaps the single most powerful thing these local groups could do would be to get their states to adopt mail in ballots, like we have here in WA state. In the last election, 2018, we had the 5th highest turnout among the states. The mail in ballot allows you to vote at your leisure, instead of having to wait in line.

  114. @JS Very true and voters can even vote early. The best way to vote!

  115. I understand that this is a opinion article, but some of the facts don't support it. Specifically that women are color support progressives like the squad. The truth is that they overwhelmingly vote for moderates and they are the ones who got Hillary the nomination over Bernie. The squad is a easy target for the Republicans because a large segment of moderate democrats agree with the Republicans that they are ridiculous.

  116. Women of color have been treated as second class citizens their whole life. We have to work twice as hard for half as much and know this from lack of media representation to making pennies on the dollar compared to their white male counterparts. Women of color have the most to lose with Czar Trump, and that's we are the most critical asset to stop him. We show up in higher numbers at the polling booth compared to white females. Democrats need to give up on trying to get the working-class white votes and focus on minority voter turnout if they want to win 2020.

  117. What this article forgets is that whites or those of European descent are still the majority in this country. It doesn't matter how clear the rhetoric of minority politicians is, most voters in this country are white. If you attack them with identity politics, the result is the current president. Why did Obama win the elections twice? Because it's not about race or ethnicity. As a black supervisor who hired me once told me, racism it's not about color, it's about culture.

  118. The argument that Gov. Kemp “tipped the scales” against Stacey Abrams has been thoroughly disproven. She lost, plain and simple.

  119. @Airman..WRONG even Kemp's son said his father was a cheat by hiring a miscreant,famous for tossing out ballots to benefit the GOP.

  120. @Airman fake news, plain and simple

  121. Calling the "Squad" remarkably deft and savvy politicians is a profound misnomer. To my knowledge, these Representatives have not successfully advanced a single piece of legislation, nor have they moved the Democratic majority toward unification on issues important to their diverse constituents. What the Sqaud has done well is leverage social media to remain in the news, to be the loudest voice in the "room" and to bludgeon those who dare to disagree with them, including members of their own party. They've also created the perfect foil for Trump to rally against. Count me as a (registered) Independent voter from a swing state who does not approve of their methods. And it has nothing to do with the color of their skin or their biology, which is an easy rock to hide behind. Blasting others whose point of view is different from your own and then claiming that every bit of push back is racist or sexist only proves that you don't belong in the debate in the first place.

  122. @John "To my knowledge, these Representatives have not successfully advanced a single piece of legislation" Since you haven't paid attention, AOC working with (clutch your pearls in horror) Ted Cruz have advanced a bill. Look it up.

  123. "Since 2008, women of color have grown by 18 percentage points in the general population ... ." This seems a mathematical impossibility.

  124. @Eve Waterhouse "Since 2008, women of color have grown by 18 percentage points in the general population ... ." This seems a mathematical impossibility. Why? Young girls turn 18 all the time.

  125. @wanderer And so do young men, and people not of color. It implies a huge (22.5m or so) imbalance between not-women-of-color (everyone else) to women of color which is, in fact, difficult to explain

  126. @Eve Waterhouse Ever wonder how it was possible for so many women of color to be elected to the House in midterm elections?

  127. Don’t tell trump. He’ll be doing everything he can to suppress them.

  128. "Stacey Abrams is set to announce an expansion of her voting rights group on Tuesday, with plans to help train staffers in 20 states this year who will seek to combat voter suppression in the 2020 elections." -Atlanta Journal Constitution-Aug 13, 2019 Leadership can get you this. Stacey Abrams is just what this country needs right now. She is a force and will not stop until there is justice at the voting booths.

  129. This column reveals troubling distortions in different points of view. It seems to begin with objective analysis while crediting Conservatives with better understanding the potential power of black women. In later paragraphs, the pronoun "We" dominates the discussion. Who is/are "we"? The authors, political organizations, or society in general? Conservatives have weaponized their knowledge with calculated measures to suppress black voting. Not only have black voters been deliberately excluded from registering and exercising their right to vote, they have perhaps understandably been discouraged by their realization that their votes don't count when it comes to campaign fundraising, largesse, and even the law, which was blatantly used against Ms. Abrams in the 2018 Georgia governor's race. The role of Secretaries of State was also critical to black exclusion in the Presidential races in Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004. "We know very little about how to engage women of color in politics" .? I'll bet they know full well, and in all fairness, I wish them well.

  130. More on the myth of taking voters for granted. It will never be enough for the punditry; so be it. The big question is, how do we get "women of color" to convince "men of color" it's okay to vote for a female executive?

  131. Stacey Abrams is an outstanding person, (woman of color or not). We recently moved to Georgia. She did a great job in the legislature and would be/have been a great governor. Brian Kemp has demonstrated nothing to show he deserves the office. He was a terrible Secretary of State and is carrying out his tradition of incompetence as Governor. We must get Ms Abrams to run for Senate. Being a woman of color is an extra positive.

  132. Stop the race based identity politics that Democrats are obsessed with. I don't care if somebody is of color or is a woman. We want the best candidates. It's policies that matter. And there are plenty of people of color who support many of Trump's policies and are turned off by what the Democrats are proposing.

  133. Politics in this country is only going to get nastier if we keep dividing the electorate up by race. Older white men pretty much tipped the balance in 2016 and probably will again in 2020. Even though Biden isn't very impressive so far, that's his demographic.

  134. Women of color would have more political power if their votes (and participation) were more evenly distributed between the two parties. Their monolithic voting for Democrats means they are taken for granted - by both parties.

  135. Republicans in general fear educated women. Women, mothers and grandmothers are concerned with the safety of their offspring.Any politician who isn't concerned about sane gun control regulations will soon be history. Women's reproductive rights are another issue old republican men should be weary of meddling in. Come November 2020 an American reckoning will occur.

  136. @Carole Actually, they don't fear white women. Apparently, many more educated white women voted for Trump than for Hillary. Needs more of a break down into single vs. married, income. Not all women are pro-abortion/choice nor universal single payer medical care. (nor forgiving college debt, etc.)

  137. This headline is not true. The GOP doesn't think black women politicians are powerful. Although some are very gifted speakers. Stacey Abrams is especially eloquent. The left takes women in general for granted and has since the Woodstock era.

  138. @Nb so true, still are, but they’ll wake up someday

  139. I'm delighted by this development. Democracy requires an active citizenry, and more of us are participating. Republicans (I hope they're all shaking in their shoes) SHOULD fear the influence women of color may wield at the polls in 2020... and beyond. I'm reminded of a Joni Mitchell lyric: "I know you don't like weak women/you get bored so quick And you don't like strong women/'cause they're hip to you tricks." If the Republican party could get over itself and accept that we each do better when we all do better, and not be threatened by people who aren't white, conformist, heterosexual males-of-a-certain-age, they could actually craft some policy proposals to become relevant to this growing population. But that reminds me of Buddy Holly: "That'll be the day..."

  140. I previously donated to Stacey Abrams effort to rid our country of voter suppression actions by the GOP which I consider to be one of the most nefarious actions taken against our democracy. It warms my heart to know there are others who want the U.S. to be the shinning example of inclusiveness to the rest of the world.

  141. I don't want to be a wet blanket but two facts: 1. "Black women make up 6.6% of the American population and 6.5% of the voting age polulation." Brookings 2. In 2018, voter turnout for non-Hispanic black women was 55%. , census. gov Not sure that constitutes a "potent" political force.

  142. Massive voter registration and voter turnout are the key. What's left largely unsaid is that the Republican Party can't stand voter turnout and democracy and is in fact opposed to democracy; they have proven that repeatedly since 2000. What's left unsaid is that the Republican Party is the Whites R Us party that is happy to exchange white supremacy for raiding the nation's treasury, infrastructure, education, healthcare, voting rights, the environment and any common good they can monetize and eviscerate with greed. Of course minorities and liberal whites are rising up against the Republican reign of greed and whited sepulcherism. What has the Republican party done for America for the last 39 years but tear its society apart with insatiable greed and a Southern strategy metastasized nationwide that any Confederate would be proud of ? Nobody wants modern feudalism except for Republican leadership and their Robber Baron patrons. Some of this nation's finest Americans are non-whites. Let the tradition continue in 2020 to form a more perfect union and once again put white supremacy in the corner where it belongs.

  143. I agree that women of color should be recognized and supported. One point, though: Politicians take all women of all races for granted as WOMEN. Because women tend to vote with the interests of their "tribe." I.e. they identify with their race/ethnicity/religion and their men more than with the demographic of "women" when voting. Women of color vote more left because they are aware that the right is not working for their "tribal" interests and is actively targeting their communities for attacks. The fact that half of white women appear to be voting against the "white" interests of the right means that half of white women are voting against their "tribe" and for other issues. While it's popular to characterize half of white women as "racist" voters, the truth is that half of white women aren't. White women are perhaps the largest demographic actively choosing to vote against the party that prioritizes the interests of their "tribe." That actually makes white women as a demographic pretty darn woke, comparatively speaking. For example, women of color who prioritize race and class issues while supporting male supremacist religions (Catholicism, Islam) are working more for their tribe than for their sex.

  144. @Amy Luna Interesting approach. But flawed. Current Republicans are most definitely not feminists. Voting against Choice is, for a woman, the epitome of voting against one's "tribe". As is voting for someone who brags about being able to grab women by the genitals. So no, not necessarily woke at all.

  145. @Dani F. I think perhaps you missed the point of my comment. Yes, Republican women vote against their interests as women in favor of voting with their racial tribe. My point is that Republican white women are not really acting that much different than women of all races who tend to support their racial/ethnic/religious affiliation over their affiliation to women as a class. In that sense, white women are the largest demographic that votes against their tribal affiliation and for women as a class.

  146. Black women have become mere tools of white Wall St. fat cats for guaranteeing the triumph of neoliberal economics of, by, and for the rich in the Democratic Party. They were entirely responsible for the disastrous (except for the rich) nomination of Hillary Clinton, the most hated nominee in Democratic history. Even Trump’s own pollster in 2016 has recently seconded the Rust Belt exit polls in affirming that Bernie, who won the white primary vote, would have beaten Trump easily. That would have been great for the Civil Rights Movement, and American workers, but a disaster for the rich Dem donors, who care little about either. In this cycle, black women are once again the tools of the white fat cats to guarantee that economic progressivism is defeated for the nomination by Wall St.’s new Great White Hope for the rich, Biden. By voting for such economic servants of the rich in Dem primaries, black women are voting against the economic interests of most blacks in America. Tom Frank needs to follow up his analysis of such self-destructive voting by Evangelical whites in What’s Wrong With Kansas? with What’s Wrong With Black Women? explaining how these women vote to make the white rich richer and poor blacks poorer. Wall St. doesn’t care if the Dems nominate a loser like Hillary or Biden, because they know they, unlike blacks, will be just fine under the Republican who beats them. They just have to use black women to block defeat “socialism.”

  147. @Fred White Actually I think the media had something to do with the nomination of Hillary... and the Dems may make the same mistake and put up Biden -- another tool of Wall Street.

  148. Trump looks contemptuously down upon both women and people of color separately but when a person is both it’s more than he can handle. “Losing” to a woman of color is Trump’s quintessential nightmarish humiliation. It would literally eviscerate his fragile self-esteem.

  149. I first looked at the squad as four freshman far left democrats. Now I look at them as four woman of color. Why? Because that is what they call themselves. There is less racism now then there ever was in my life time. For the democrats this isn't good. They need the races and women to feel like they are being persecuted by white males, Or what I like to call...men of no color. This is the democrats political platform now. Convince minorities and woman that they are minorities and woman. Not what King was looking for I am sure.

  150. @Jim there is less racism now?? what in the world are you talking about?? “races and women” feel more persecuted by white men than they have in decades wait, you must be a white man

  151. Don't forget that a "community organizer" was elected President in 2008. It also helps when babies of color under one, outnumber white babies at year 2015. By year 2020 there will be more children of color than white children. By 2041 there will be more "non-whites" than whites in the United States, given the present birth rates. In a true democracy then, by 2040's, issues which affect people of "color" will be held in high regard, unless someone can suppress the "color" vote by gerrymandering, making it harder to vote (less voting stations in vital areas, and Voter ID laws (State Wisconsin for one and ALEC initiatives) incarceration (the New Jim Crow), or convincing people of "color" that government is not important to them (Russian "robots" and Fox News).

  152. @Tim Shaw That's only true if you count all Hispanics as "people of color", but many Hispanics are white, and they will become more white as they gain power. They will not necessarily have the same agenda as blacks, nor will asians.

  153. @KM "Hispanics will become more white as they gain power." Huh? You mean like Michael Jackson?

  154. Why does Trump fear women of color? Because he fears women and he fears color.

  155. sorry that's a lot of nonsense, the right fears left wing radicals such as Sanders/Warren/DeBlasio. Women of color are just women of color

  156. @YELLOW JACKET NYC I disagree. Know why? Because women of color VOTE -- and they tend to vote solid Democratic. The right has no reason to fear Sanders/ Warren/ and especially not de Blasio, who would lose NYC in a New York second. Why? Because the MAJORITY of Democrats are moderates and not on board with a left-progressive agenda. They just haven't realized that yet.

  157. @N. Smith you mean the 3 "mouse-keteers" Ilahn, AOC & Rachida are your ideal moderates. in my eyes & mind 2 out of 3 are radicals, and one is a revolutionary. Ask the people of NY who lost 15,000 jobs to Amazon

  158. @YELLOW JACKET NYC Unlike yourself, I refrain from calling others names and jumping to conclusions. I suggest you try it, since that's the only way to have an intelligent discussion. As for Amazon, it wasn't as good a deal as you seem to think and it would have had a negative impact on the community. I don't know one person in L.I.C. who was sad to see it go bust.

  159. I still want her for president.

  160. Look to the Black women who organized and got out the vote in AL. They are the model that Democrats should be following around that nation. From the lowest office to the highest. For those who place so much trust in the national Democratic leadership, remember, they didn't support Doug Jones until it became clear that he might win. That was after those women went out and got every vote they could possibly muster. Even if they had lost, which they easily could have — it is AL after all, their impressive organizing is the model communities should do their best to replicate. You should also note that there is an entire industry built around political consultancy and it is largely run by white men in D.C. Start local then get to moving! The time for change has come.

  161. The 2020 election will turn on whether or not moderates and independents vote for the Democratic nominee.

  162. Here's an idea for how to engage women of color (and everyone else) in the political process: Talk about politics at home. Talk about politics at school (it can be done without taking sides). Talk about how important it is to be an informed voter. Talk about how interesting and self-affirming it is to join a local political group.

  163. We need to do everything we can to support these communities and these organizations. I’m making a donation today!

  164. If we can wait out the remaining years we have until we become more powerful than the people who now control the government we will have our opportunity to truly change the system of government. One from fear and loathing and enormous money to one of fair, equal, and diverse people.

  165. I find the headline of this article offensive since it requires one to go into the mind of Donald Trump and no one here on earth can do that. As a conservative, Bible believing, white male. I love people of all colors and as a devout Christian, I believe it's our mission in life to help all those who are here and around the world in need of food or shelter whether they are here legally or illegally and whether or not they are green, white, brown, red, yellow, etc.. And as a nation, we should be raising our children to be totally color blind and I think for the most part ,we are doing a fairly decent job of that, but clearly more needs to be done in that area. The painted picture that we see today is binary - friend vs foe, people of color vs white, wealth vs poor, God fearing vs a non-existent God , and the list goes on.. But the painted picture we see is not an accurate representation. As one who has been married for over 40 years, the ability to compromise is a wonderful trait and we if could stop this "us" versus "them" mentality, ALL of our grandchildren and great-grandchildren will live in a better place and that's what I am praying for.

  166. @Mike I am not a conservative, Bible-believing white male, but a liberal white female with seven decades in this changing world, and I say 'Amen, Mike.' Clearly there can be and is common ground based not on politics but on common humanity.

  167. @Mike This is such a white male boomer comment. Being "color blind" attempts to erase the centuries of oppression that black people have faced; acknowledging that people are black is not wrong, trying to deny the systemic oppression that black people still face because you, Mike, are uncomfortable with really examining your own deeply held and internalized beliefs about racism (and heads up, if you support the current president you ARE complicit and enabling to racism) is wrong.

  168. Black people are black, we are not “people of color” aka people who are neither black nor white. People of color typically use blacks as props and clickbait in articles , and mention blacks as an aside before segueing into issues and concerns of people who are neither black nor white. You did precisely this in the op-Ed. It would have made more sense leaving out black women such as Stacey Abrams (who is neither holding nor running for office and whom Trump has said nothing about) and focusing on Kamala Harris, AOC, or Rashida Tlaib instead.

  169. @Lynn in DC While on the subject of ‘women of color’ I’d like to know why a white male like myself is assumed to be a person of NO color. Back in the 50s, Crayola, the crayon maker, had a crayon color named ‘flesh’. It was the same color as a white person’s skin, and Crayola was correctly told to remove it from their boxes. The term ‘people of color’ is no better. It officially makes ME a colorless person. I could cry !

  170. This is so encouraging!

  171. I don't think it's a fair characterization of the Democrats to say that, in general or taken as a whole, they take women of color for granted, and no evidence was offered here -- particularly when it's probably more accurate to say that the Republicans take low-income white voters for granted in the sense that they really don't even represent their interests beyond social conservatism, while Dems at least do promote hard policies and economics that benefit POC in general and women in particular. A two-party system doesn't really fully capture anyone's views. A parliamentary system or some other design allowing for viable third choices and beyond in the US might get closer in terms of a greater variety of economic and social policy permutations that would align better to specific identity groups.

  172. I'd call petulance about the left "ignoring women of color" that contributes to four more years of Trump on November 3, 2020 making your point the hard way.

  173. I admire that WOC are getting people in their own communities to vote in record numbers. And appreciate these are women who know and understand the needs of their neighbors because they live there. But I do worry that the constant parsing and promoting of race, gender and identity politics will play right into Trump's hands. Inclusion for all is a much better talking point than us versus them.

  174. @Sparky I think it's possible to focus on policy and work to bring everyone into the voting conversation at the same time.

  175. Effective, interesting and strong women are not so because the have dark skin. Some PEOPLE simply have TALENT and COMPETENCE. A strong & interesting woman in politics, who is not so because her family name celebrity status via TV, is just that; strong & interesting IN & OF HERSELF. The power does not emanate from race. In evolutionary biology, race is not "real" ie it is not a determining quality in humans. If people were blind, race would never be discussed. Success in political & social gamesmanship is also not purely to the most intelligent. To this point I'd offer the two most impressive public women I recall of the few decades, the news presenter Candy Crowley, and Obama's economic advisor Christine Romer. Candy Crowley was so good at moderating Presidential debates and presenting stories she comes to mind every time her polar opposite J. Tapper gets a camera shot. Christine Romer was brilliant in defense of the ACA, which it was supposed, "nobody read." She did, and she could communicate it. Today? Gone to Rejected as Unattractiveland. Same could be said for Hillary, who if she were prettier/younger would certainly be President. Cue AOC, the epitome of train stopping TV telegenics. Her ideas, however kind, are amateur, but those eyes and teeth! I dismiss out of hand the socially corrosive notion "women of color" as a nonsense construct of the PC. People will stop & listen to mediocrity given charm and presence, prove that next time you calculate a tip.

  176. The country is changing remarkably due to the enormous increase in Hispanic residents and the prevalence of spoken Spanish. This change is very threatening to many whites who will more and more feel in the minority. Some will react violently as white supremacists. Others will be simply threatened by the cultural change. America is in for some difficult years.

  177. The authors of this opinion column do not define whom they include in the category "women of color," nor do they distinguish between the various ethnic and racial components of the larger group, save when it seems to validate their conclusions. The statistics appear to be impressive, but the lack of clear definition raises questions about the authors' methods and analysis.

  178. @Harvey Green Did you read the article? What part of African-American, Native-American, Asian-American, Pacific Islander and Latina don't you understand?

  179. Women that are not white. Not complicated.

  180. How exactly are 'black' or voters of color 'suppressed' ? I've always wanted to know. I don't count being asked to prove your identity as being suppressed. It's common sense and is a pre-requisite for voting in any country. If anything you should be asked to prove your citizenship when you go to vote.

  181. @Vaz Dubey If you were really interesting there is lots of research on this subject, but off the top of my head approximately 70% of the voters who were suspiciously purged from the voting rolls in Georgia this past election were African-American, presumably they were, nearly all, American citizens.

  182. @Vaz Dubey Voter suppression can be done via the location and numbers of polling places and hours that they are open. If fewer polling places are in neighborhoods where minorities live and if those locations are not convenient for non drivers then it will discourage people from voting. Also, the hours that the polling stations are open can be very inconvenient for working people.

  183. @Vaz Dubey Black voters are becoming less and less of a percentage of voters as Hispanic voters increase. One would think they would be equally interested in ensuring the integrity of voters. No one believes that there is an abundance of illegal black votes, the same cannot be said about the Hispanic vote.

  184. "Since 2008, women of color have grown by 18 percentage points in the general population" What does that mean? I don't understand.

  185. Hispanics?

  186. Policies which help average Americans get into and stay comfortably in the middle class - that is to say, good policies - are ones which win elections. Those include healthcare reform, tax fairness and reform, housing affordability, reform of public schools, helping to better afford college and job training, and so on. Fixing these things helps women of color far more than obsessing over color and gender. They also help white women, LGBTQ, immigrants, racial minorities, religious, atheist, left-handed - and yes, even the dreaded straight white male. They would also recreate the dominance the Democratic Party enjoyed during the 20th Century, which took root not by counting every possible group and sub-sub group, but uniting a genuinely diverse and disparate American electorate around their shared economic needs. The obsession with race and gender this column represents is the Democrats' Achilles heel, and the tragic reason they continue to struggle nationally while being the party which offers a much better deal by far of the two parties.

  187. @Livonian You write, "Policies which help average Americans get into and stay comfortably in the middle class - that is to say, good policies - are ones which win elections." If that were the case, Hillary Clinton would be President and the Democrats would control the House of Representatives, the Senate, and most of the statehouses nationwide. It's s dream to think that proposing good policies is all it takes to win elections.

  188. @JP Emphasizing good policies, and de-emphasizing identity. Hillary was saddled with the Democrats' obsessions with race and gender, whether she was obsessed or not.

  189. lots of people seem to think the Democratic Party sufferers from an obsession with identity politics. I don't agree. the Republicans also have their group constituents such as gun nuts, anti-abortion opportunists, racists, people who don't believe in taxes or the federal government, corporate titans, financial manipulators, war profiteers, and those preparing to be Raptured among them.

  190. Women in general are becoming a force to reckon with in politics. They have been out in the workplace for some time now, are much more independent frequently forming their own single person household. There are more of them attending college than men. They are resisting the old narrative and stereotype of the "little woman at home, having babies and cooking and cleaning for hubby". They are now CEO's, entrepreneurs, legislators, mayors in positions of power and influence. The Democrats have long taken for granted women of color and minority groups in general but I think that this dynamic is changing. The Republicans on the other hand are resorting to their age old tactic of fear. Trump can attack "the squad" but I don't think that these women are afraid.

  191. The Lees are absolutely right. In 2018 Democrats like Beto O'Rourke (Texas), Jim Jones (Alabama), and Stacey Abrams (Georgia) ran unexpectedly powerful campaigns in states Democrats had previously conceded to the Republicans. "All" it took was smart organizing on the ground and lots of sweat. Too often Democrats have made their pitch around election time and then vanished, or preached to the converted through flashy online petition drives. Obama was a breakthrough, but under his Administration the Democrats steadily lost 900 seats in state legislatures and in Congress. Similarly, Tom Steyer's Need to Impeach got useful publicity, but now that impeachment is on the map, money from donors like him could be put to better use on the ground in red states. I wish Abrams and O'Rourke would run for Senate in their respective States rather than run for President. With Senate seats these two would have additional credibility in their organizing efforts and help generate future wins up and down their state tickets. As Harry Reid did in Nevada, year in and year out. Only in this way can Democrats win back the seats lost during the Obama administration and get a Democratic agenda through Congress should we beat Trump. Or beat back Republican gerrymandering at the state level so that our votes can count.

  192. "Since 2008, women of color have grown by 18 percentage points in the general population" This could be interpreted to mean one of three things: 1) The population is up 18 percentage points, and a normal proportion of them are women of color. 2) The population of colored people is up 18 percentage points, and a normal proportion of them are women of color. 3) All else considered, the proportion of women of color in the population has increased by 18 percentage points. I seriously doubt #3 unless people of color started having more girl babies 20 or 30 years back. I have no problem with the idea that women of color are getting woke and are wielding more influence. However that statement about their numbers is weirdly ambiguous. Is this a relative gain, or is it proportional to the rest of the population? Are we to believe that people of color are having more girl babies

  193. @mlbex They are being intentionally ambiguous assuming the readers are mathematically challenged. I suspect the increase in "women of color" is largely due to an increase in the Hispanic population.

  194. @jaco Obviously you've not taken into consideration the possibility that the "increase in women of color" might just refer to those reaching voting age.

  195. Since it is a vital group in fact so central now, isn't there some word or phrase more compact and felicitous than saying "women of color" 28 times? We must be able to say it simpler than that.

  196. how about calling them Tinted Womyns ?

  197. @BarryNash You're new to indoctrination, huh!?

  198. @BarryNash While on the subject, why am I, a white person, considered a person of NO color ???

  199. A color blind society will never exist as long as the left finds racism in every nook and cranny. Making the color of ones skin the most important part of a human being IS racism.

  200. @Malone Cooper I suggest you revisit the American History books. That way you'll see that racism is not only in every "nook and cranny" -- but it's in the very DNA of this nation.

  201. I love this argument. Somehow, identifying with your race is racist. Go figure.

  202. Your explanation of the issue presumes that an issue exists. Trump does not fear women of color.

  203. Didn't Joe Biden already suggest Stacey Abrams for his veep? I just wish we would stop asking what can they do for us, and instead ask what can we do together to improve out lot. It won't take much to improve on Trump, but we need a congress that works again. We all need to pull together.

  204. @Occupy Government If the DNC is stupid enough to endorse that combo, , Biden/Abrams, Trump will win hands down. We need someone who really thinks and does research -- Warren. Not just noise and personal anecdotes - often not entirely true.

  205. no one fears stacey abrams. she was a horrible race baiting candidate and the voters saw right through it.

  206. ” Don’t suffer FOOLS gladly “. Amen, Sisters.

  207. There are a lot of factors that will go into my choice of who to vote for in the Democratic primary. Chief among them and my starting point is who has the most support among African Americans. As an older white male, I don’t presume to know what’s best for Blacks or other people of color, so this represents my best effort to follow their lead. Currently, this approach is leading me in a more (putatively) moderate direction than I might otherwise go, but I find it far preferable to follow the best African American lead I can rather than listen to the voice of the “progressive” white gentry.

  208. Trump fears only the loss of his own, er, agency. That's why his tweets are so ferocious; he's overcompensating.

  209. I wish that the writers had begun by explaining the ethics of black women's issues. Many white readers, naive to black politics, suppose that black women uphold just another demographic niche in zero-sum machiavellian politics. But the writers (and I) understand from experience that black women usually advocate for much more vital, inclusive and unifying issues than have many white men -- not because of any innate gender or racial moral superiority, but because of historical accident, current hardship, and the character they've built. Both oppressive majorities and oppressed minorities fall for chimerical attempts (e.g. racism, nationalism, chauvinism) to avoid life's inevitable suffering. These attempts often create further and unnecessary suffering. But the oppressed alone have a disproportionate burden of deeper, unavoidable, inherent, first-order suffering (e.g., living in poverty; experiencing violence). In America, we whites are often vicariously pained by what are actually mere symbols of imagined impending pain -- a black woman replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill!, say, or a monument removed! -- and many of us embrace policies which symbolically soothe us even when those policies create more actual pain. African-American and Latinx women, however, are less activated by mere chimerical symbols or fears of pain, and more motivated by actually painful experiences which reveal how our society can truly be improved -- for everyone.

  210. There is much in this editorial that rings true, but underneath what is being said is one inescapable fact – that the demographic in this country is rapidly changing, and the Republicans in Congress, especially the Southern Republicans are terrified of this. And because this is something that they cannot control ,they have resorted to all kinds of nefarious and deplorable acts, rationalizing it all in the name of “politics“. Women in particular are going to be the voices of the future in politics and women of color will very likely lead the way in much the same way that women of color were pioneers in American literature over the last 40 - 50 years. So in spite of how odious Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham seem on the day-to-day basis, they will soon be history, and they will belong to a a history that we will hope to remember so that we never repeat it again.

  211. @RD My great fear is that this demographic power shift will not take place in time for the 2020 election. And I’m not sure what will be left of our political, social, and judicial institutions after four more years of Koch, Miller and McConnell policies.

  212. @RD Well, the GOP in Congress (& this WH) are trying to control it. This is among the reasons behind the recent anti-immigrant actions.

  213. @RD - Brilliant!

  214. It seems like most white people, like myself, like to talk, write, sign petitions, complain, and talk some more. Women of color might do some of that -- but, as noted here, they also move on to organize, act, get together, move forward, and accomplish political and ethical goals. I lived in Georgia 14 years before moving to Texas. Stacey Abrams is outstanding. Her opposition there has been corrupt. Let's hope she represents a powerful turning point.

  215. Why oh why did she decide not to run for the Senate? She is exactly the kind of person we need there: tough, passionate, charismatic.

  216. @David Trueblood For now, the Senate is where Democratic politicians go to die. Stacey Abrams is a superstar, the real deal. She’s got bigger fish to fry. I can hardly wait!

  217. @David Trueblood She may be running for Vice President.

  218. This is because women of color are smart, strong and know what their families and communities need. From voting rights and access to clean drinking water, they know what is what. Ms. Abrams has been focused on the starting point - getting out the vote and making sure people can vote. And our new representatives in Congress are working on the next step. Making laws and regulations that will help their communities and all of us. To say the women of color are the backbone of the Democratic party is an understatement. It's about time the party return the favor so to say. Women of color get it done.

  219. @Elizabeth If you haven't already read it, pick up a copy of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics (Rev. L Daughtry, Donna Brazile, et al.). You hit the nail on the head: women of color are our rock and foundation. ~ from a 60-year old white female Dem

  220. @Elizabeth I guess this implies that women not of color don't have those positive qualities?

  221. @Elizabeth Women of color is a tiresome uniquely American trifling troublesome euphemism that deflates and denies the enslaved and separate and unequal existence of black African American and brown aboriginal women who were not immigrants. Another silly uniquely American divide and conquer tactic is Hispanic/ Latino which has nothing to do with color or national origin. Condoleezza Rice and LaCena Carson aren't woke. How many black Republican elected officials are? Neither the first black President aka Bill Clinton nor the second black President nominated a black African American Protestant woman to sit on the Supreme Court. Bill beat up on Sister Souljah and ran from Lani Gunier.

  222. People of color and progressives need to keep in mind that the Democratic Party establishment is, in no way, shape or form, "the left." They are as reactionary in their own way as Mitch McConnell and the Republican leadership. Commentator Andrew O'Hehir put it best: "When 'liberals' become a political grouping morbidly obsessed with their left-wing critics, constantly accusing them of being too idealistic and too intransigent and of being covert agents for the enemy, they have stopped being liberals and become conservatives. When 'the left' endlessly debates which core issues or constituencies must be sacrificed for political gain, as if economic justice for the poor and the working class could be separated from social justice for women and people of color and the LGBT community and immigrants and people with disabilities, it is no longer functioning as the left."

  223. @Boris Jones so when the "Left" battles against the Republicans AND all the Democrats you believe are not not aligned perfectly on all of your stances, exactly what percentage of the electorate are you and how many elections will you win?

  224. Boris, and when the democratic party no longer tolerates questions over any social engineering proposal, no matter how unsound, than they are nothing more than party cadre using ethnic identity as an ideology to seek power for its own sake.

  225. @Boris Jones - One of our bad choices is waaay worse than the other horrible choice. Vote (D) - unless you're Uber-Rich and can just purchase your own pet Congress Critter.

  226. As a middle aged white man who grew up in Alabama, I'm feeling pretty thankful for the black women voters of Alabama. They saved us all from Senator Roy Moore by tipping the balance to Doug Jones. The most convincing argument against white supremacy would be hundreds of thousands of white people electing Roy Moore to represent us in the Senate.

  227. I tend to agree with the premise of this editorial. The Democrats can't seem to figure out how to harness their strengths. Or maybe they are intentionally overlooking them in favor of pushing the old guard, i.e. the Biden-esque candidates. The latter is no longer a viable strategy and they need to get over it. The country's demographic is growing increasingly diverse in age, culture and gender and those changes tend to promulgate more progressive-leaning voters. Democrats need to be as savvy and as bold as their counterparts in the GOP with conveying their goals which are infinitely more beneficial for this country than the economically and racially divisive agenda Republicans covertly AND overtly support.

  228. @sunzari We Democrats know the reality now. Shouldn't have run a woman in 2016 (please spare me the 'flawed candidate' spiel). We can't take that chance again in 2020. We need to get the monster out of office, and a white male has the best chance. I don't like it but it's reality. We can't afford to lose again.

  229. @sunzari You’re missing the point. These powerful women of color are not just a constituency to be pandered to or organized by the party. They are organizing themselves. Good for them.

  230. @MMNYYou assume that white men have never lost before. One loss by a white woman and you're back to the olden days. That's what all women face. Men can fail but if a woman does, it's the end for all women. Remember, Hillary won the popular vote while being attacked by Putin and Comey.

  231. Dr. and Ms. Lee put forward a list of thoughtful points for our consideration. One question for the Democratic Party - as we support Stacey Abrams' once and future candidacies - can we please move away or at least expand our promotion of identity politics, to recognize that yes, Ms. Abrams is a black, liberal woman - but she has also won a slew of awards from severalchambers of commerce in Georgia, and she has earned high and rare praise of "brilliant" from her Republican colleagues in the state. I also encourage Democrats to promote the work that individual black women behind the scenes are engaged in - people like Xevion Baptiste, recently Chief of Staff for the Black Economic Alliance and Harvard Kennedy School graduate - working passionately to build pathways to economic and social parity, and sustainable wealth. Women like Ms. Abrams and Ms. Baptiste ARE our future - and as Dr. Lee and Ms. Lee suggest, we should support and promote their efforts, for the benefit of our entire country.

  232. Before you accept Ms. Abrams as your future, you should look beneath the surface. From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgians learned Abrams scooped in more than $442,000 during three recent years, from nonprofits she owned: "When Abrams founded Third Sector in 1998 and Voter Access in 2014, neither appeared likely to affect her personal finances. Third Sector apparently raised so little money it didn’t have to file federal tax returns until 2013. "But both foundations flourished after Abrams launched the New Georgia Project, to her benefit. She began drawing a salary from both organizations: $257,500 in 2014, $135,000 in 2015 and $50,000 in 2016. "Over the three years, her compensation totaled more than $442,000 — all for part-time work, according to the foundations’ tax returns." https://politics.myajc.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/voter-drive-raised-millions-but-abrams-won-say-from-whom/8eYeUD80WFSaCYO3Y3ANdL/" So: income as attorney; income from Georgia taxpayers direct for her role in the GA Legislature; income from Federal tax dollars for ACT-Now; income from tax-exempt funds she won't name. All of the public-knowledge income is from tax dollars. Altogether, Stacey's income from the tax or tax-exempt dollars totals $676,000 for three years. That's $225,333 per year - plus her income as a tax attorney. Is this what we want? People who milk tax dollars? BTW: The AJC is owned by the Cox family, generations-long history as DNC donors.

  233. @common sense advocate " can we please move away or at least expand our promotion of identity politics" No. Being human, we can not escape identity politics. Trump won by it, and Trump is destroying America and the Earth as a result. We can not move away from identity politics. Perhaps we may be able to expand from it after a Democrat reclaims the White House and be able to undo the Trump damages. Until then, the identity politics is here to stay.

  234. @common sense advocate People who know Ms. Abrams personally describe her as a hateful fear mongerer who is out for nothing but personal political gain. She should've just accepted defeat gracefully and concede the race. Instead she just played the race card and hopped on the bandwagon of identity politics to try and gain power and fame on the national level. I hope she fails miserably.

  235. It offends me, and maybe it offends most people, to hear that we decide our politics by race or gender-I do not. I am sophisticated enough to assess candidates by their policies, experience, their presidential qualities (subtle as those are), and their ability to beat Trump. Thus far I like several people: Biden, Bullock, Booker, Bennet and Warren. I also feel that only those who are running deserve to be chosen as a VP, that other people who have not put in the work do not deserve to get the second place slot.

  236. @CJ This shouldn't offend you any more than it should enlighten you that strength comes in numbers -- and the numbers state that women are an integral part of the electorate. And we'll need all the numbers we can get to rout Trump in 2020.

  237. @CJ I heartily agree with you. If Clinton would have chosen Bernie Sanders (who came in second) for her running mate, the rhetoric between them and the Bernie votes for Jill or tRump would have been non-existent. This 2nd for VP should be a Democratic stance, especially in such a large group as is running for President. The rest should be put into the cabinet as their expertise clearly shows. Or they should run for the Senate.

  238. @CJ As for me, I'm getting rather tired of the PC-term 'people of color'. It's utterly ridiculous, as another way of saying 'people of color' is 'people with color' or.... 'colored people', is it not? But of course, we don't say 'colored people' anymore, so who decided to simply flip the words and determine it PC is beyond me. Also, if black is considered a color (debatable by scientists) then so too is white (also debatable by scientists), therefore, we are all 'people of color'. Either way, it's naive to pretend that asians as a whole have much in common with blacks and latinos. (Sure, they may all be non-white, and as such not a part of traditional power structures in the US...though clearly that's been changing somewhat...) But, black and latino folk are considered and treated very differently as a whole, vs asians, and typically have very different life experiences. Blacks and latinos are more likely to be perceived negatively, not only by other people, but in particular by law enforcement, the courts, our prison system and even our education system. As for how we should be deciding on a (Dem) candidate for the next election, it really shouldn't matter whom any one of us likes. Dems need to come together and strategize as to who are the 2-3 Dems with the most potential to win much-needed votes from select Progressives and Repubs. The focus must be on Winning (beating Trump) and not on individual or 'favorite' candidates.

  239. While I agree with your premise that we should not take for granted the power of black women, I do not accept your reference to "the squad" as deft and savvy politicians. They have certainly gotten a lot of press, but their behaviors have often been immature and nonproductive. They have a lot to learn, and it might be best if we waited before crowning them with superlatives.

  240. @Humboldt Babs And hopefully one and done before going off to lucrative consulting jobs

  241. @Humboldt Babs Well said. Some of us have wondered if Donald Trump pays "the squad". They have certainly moved a lot of people into his "squad".

  242. “The Left Takes Them for Granted”? Do you know how the Left treated women of color who supported Hillary Clinton in 2016? With scorn, with attacks on their intelligence and common sense. I saw this myself on Twitter and other social media. The Bernie Bros and their white millennial handmaidens went after women like Joy Reid, Roxane Gay, and Imani Gandy, who criticized their god, Bernie, with the self-satisfaction of those who never question their belief in their own superiority.

  243. @Lois Murray Your comment makes it ever so clear to me that the Democrats need to settle on a platform before picking a candidate. You're correct on belief in superiority but in moral/political matters. Any ideas on how to avoid it?

  244. At last! Asians are included in the discussion about race! Thank you!

  245. Trump only understands his base, and everything he does is calculated to win that base's approval. He only likes athletes who have already shown their prowess (he doesn't go for potential, only what is proven). He fears strong women, especially women of color because they have spent a lifetime showing dignity in the face of injustice and speaking truth to power. They aren't undone by silly nicknames or comments about appearances and they don't have much patience for entitled white whiners like Trump.

  246. Politicians have been attacking each other for centuries around the world. Granted they were almost always male but no one bothered to put any labels on them. Well, other than maybe rude, crude and socially unacceptable. Now, because we have more women and non-Euro's in the mix, all of a sudden it's sexist and racist if the attacker is a white man? But the reverse attack is not sexist or racist. Talk about pretzel logic.

  247. I guess you missed the point in this article where the author called for all sides to abandon divisive rhetoric.

  248. "Conservatives tacitly recognize the political power of women of color when they try to discredit them through ridicule and harassment. " What a bunch of malarkey! Radical Dems and the new socialists like Abrams, AOC, and Omar,prefer to hide behind the "women of color" mantra. The fact is we don't like their platform. Has nothing to do with their gender or color. They have nothing of real substance to offer our country except divisiveness. It won’t wash come 2020.

  249. @MCH Plus they have accomplished nothing but get press attention while activating the Republican base Their actions weaken efforts to unseat trump

  250. Let's "Consider President Trump’s attacks on the members of “the squad” who have proven to be remarkably deft and savvy politicians." The Republicans want the squad to be the face of the Democratic party. Because they fear them? Of course not. It's because they know that the squad's brand of leftist politics would be a losing approach in far more places than where it would be a winner. AOC's chief of staff made such bone-headed comments that she had to let him go. She did have the good sense to understand that he had burned far too many bridges. There's room in our party for folks with policy proposals like the squad's but they're most definitely not in charge and need to accept that they have to convince the rest of us, making like the Tea Party and trying to threaten us will not go well.

  251. The Squad is not all that...they are just lucky that Pelosi threw them a “sister” lifeline and the NYT played the race card on Trump to save them.

  252. As an African American women, I say yes to this op-ed!! I am disgusted by the rush to anoint Joe Biden instead of considering Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren as viable candidates who can beat Trump. Follow Black women!

  253. I may be mistaken, but I get the sense that the authors are younger than 60. It seems that if one is younger than 60 and is not student of American ethnic politics, for them history is a blank. What they assert is new and revolutionary. In fact, it's often not. John F. Kennedy was arguably the most successful presidential candidate in building and solidifying the Latino vote. His campaign created "Viva Kennedy" organizations everywhere Hispanics lived. Local Latino concerns were incorporated into the national campaign. On election day, Kennedy lost the white vote in Texas by 150,000 votes. However, he garnered 91 percent of the state's Mexican-American votes cast, giving him a 200,000 vote plurality and, thus, a 50,000-vote victory. Nationally, he received 85 percent of the Mexican-American vote, the most by any presidential candidate before or since. Even Obama garnered a comparatively modest 67 percent of the Latino vote in 2008, when voting fever was high. The Viva Kennedy movement has a rich history. Democratic strategists would be wise to study it.

  254. The photo of Stacy Abrams speaks volumes- powerful, poised, and ready to take the helm. It is shameful that Abrams the rightful governor of Georgia was cheated by a white man who oversaw his own election and suppressed access to the ballot box. This chapter in American history is one of nihilism, regression and deceit- and to this we have the fitting president.