The Democratic Party is increasingly defined by its support among America’s younger and non-white population, but Tuesday night’s Democratic debate drew stark attention to the fact that all five of the party’s major candidates are relatively old and very, very white. The result was a storm of Twitter commentary from those eager to point out the party’s failure to field a candidate pool that matches the diversity of its voters.
Many Twitter jabs appeared to come from Republicans eager to rib Democrats for their lack of diversity, but plenty appear to come from Democrats and liberals who appear disappointed that the party’s contenders all hail from one race:
First observation: The Democratic candidates disappointingly lack the ethnic diversity of the Republican candidates. #DemDebate
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) October 14, 2015
Democratic debate audience is as white as the Oscars.
— Stacey Patton (@DrStaceyPatton) October 14, 2015
— W.E.B. Du Baé (@alwaystheself) October 14, 2015
— Alexandrina A (@a_game) October 14, 2015
A whole lotta patronizing talk and savior complex from white male democratic candidates on "poor blacks." #DemDebate
— Nancy Wang Yuen (@nancywyuen) October 14, 2015
@Talkmaster New paint color – Democrat Debate White. Only comes in eggshell. You can scrub it all you want, it will never come clean.
— Demon (@ctribble65) October 14, 2015
Consternation from some quarters over the whiteness of the debate stage was enhanced when candidate Jim Webb was questioned about his dislike of affirmative action, which provoked a response from him that mentioned the poverty suffered by whites in Appalachia.
I guess Jim Webb is the angry white guy of this debate. No affirmative action for latinos? #demdebate
— Brian Troutman (@BWTroutman) October 14, 2015
Affirmative action is not black privilege. It’s an attempt to push back against the monsoon tidal wave of white privilege.
— Touré (@Toure) October 10, 2015
Webb: white mansplaining on affirmative action. #DemDebate
— Cate Gormley (@cate_gee) October 14, 2015
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