LAUREN VICTORIA BURKE

LAUREN VICTORIA BURKE

(NNPA)—The leadership of the Democratic Party, at the highest levels, has consisted of mostly White men and women, and a handful of Latinos. What Democratic leadership in the United States Congress, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic National Committee doesn’t have—and has never had—is a representative from its most loyal voting bloc over the last three presidential elections: Black women. To say that all quarters of Democratic Party leadership is in need of change is a vast understatement.

The numbers don’t lie. The Democratic Party has lost a historic number of seats across the board from federal representatives to statehouse races.  Part of that shift is due to a realignment caused by the appearance of the first Black president. But another part of it is a lack of strategy and misallocation of millions of dollars in resources focused on the wrong voters.  While Democrats roll out the same old leaders who employ the same old losing consultants and staff, they ignore members of their most consistently loyal voting group: Black women.

The 2016 election was, in some ways, a powerful statement on who remains loyal to the Democratic Party and who doesn’t. On that note, Latino voters shocked and confused everyone by giving Donald “build a wall” Trump nearly 30 percent of their votes.

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