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As someone who has said throughout the campaign that VP Joe Biden needs to choose a Black woman VP, the urgency for that pick has gone from something that SHOULD happen to something that HAS to happen. It disgusts us that Black women are not just being vetted in this VP process but unfairly criticized and scrutinized.
Was Joe Biden ever labeled “too ambitious” because he ran for president three times? Should President Obama not have made him the VP because he had to worry about his “loyalty” when he clearly had AMBITIONS to be president himself? Why does Senator Kamala Harris have to show remorse for questioning Biden’s previous stance on integrated busing during a democratic primary debate?
Have Democratic Party leaders, allies, or donors ever required Joe Biden to show remorse for the 1986 or 1988 Anti-Drug Abuse bills, which established mandatory minimum sentencing and subsequently crack-cocaine sentencing disparities, and by his own admission, led to mass incarceration? What about the 1994 Crime Bill? Let’s be clear about the kind of remorse and reckoning that matters in 2020 when the Black community is still suffering the consequences for these oppressive measures. So, Black women are the only ones required to stay in their place and to show remorse for even questioning their own oppression?
For too long Black women have been asked to do everything from rally the troops to risk their lives for the Democratic Party with no acknowledgment, no respect, no visibility, and certainly not enough support. More than 700 Black women signed on to a letter demanding a Black woman VP. And we, black men, stand in solidarity with them.
Failing to select a Black woman in 2020 means you will lose the election. We don’t want to choose between the lesser of two evils and we don’t want to vote the devil we know versus the devil we don’t because we are tired of voting for devils—period.
Sean “Diddy” Combs
Lenard “Charlamagne Tha God” Mckelvey Michael Bennett
Bishop William J. Barber
Ben Crump, Esq.
Dr. Wes Bellamy
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson
Rev. Jamal Bryant
Brandon J. Johnson
Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley
Marcus L. Martin MD
Felix Stallings Jr.
Rodriquez “Jacquees” Broadnax
Roy Davis Jr.
Chad Elliott Jr.
Omari V. Bouknight
Tyrone “Ty Dolla $ign” William Griffin Jr. James Vaughns
Cedric The Entertainer Kyles
Aliaune Damala Badara “Akon” Thiam
Cartier Brown Freddy Jackson Omar Epps
Matthew J. Middleton Jay Lundy
Doug E. Fresh Mark Wesley Myron Adoteye Earl Stevens Brandon Marshall Doug Baldwin Kam Chancellor Tuma Basa
Rep. Derwin Montgomery Horace Levon Linnen Ronald Bacon
Derek ” Chuck Bone” Osorio NeAndre Broussard Anthony Williams
Dennis Rogers, PhD Brandon Scott
Johnathan Randall Jermaine Reed
Rep. Jewel Jones
Jerry “JB Smoove” Brooks Baye Adofo-Wilson
Collins Pettaway, III
Dr. Rickey White
Rev. Mark Thompson Rashaad Lambert
Mark Anthony Neal
Joe Dillard Jr.
Al B. Sure!
Montez Cornelius Rev. Herbert Daughtry Bakari Sellers
Pastor Michael McBride Rev. Tony Lee
Rev. Lukata Mjumbe Bobby L. Fuse
Koko Archibong Terrence Charles Jeff Rush