Cory Booker Drops out of the Race: The Serious Implications for the Country’s Future
By Jane Cameron
On January 13th, Senator Cory Booker’s presidential campaign came to a close. Consequently, the race to be the Democratic nominee is now dominated by white candidates over the age of 70. The presidential race mirrors the country’s struggle to achieve diverse representation.
Senator Booker determined that his campaign could no longer continue due to a lack of funding. With no dominant issue defining his campaign and proponents of diversity being drawn to the idea of a black woman or the first openly gay president, Booker did not have strong enough appeal. When withdrawing from the race he did not have the support to suggest he could win the nomination. Therefore he withdrew before voting had even began.
After the election of President Obama the United States reached a milestone and what citizens thought would be a watershed moment. Yet, since his presidency the country has seen increasing support for white identity, and the political party looking to challenge ideas like these is made up of candidates with unvarying characteristics.
A dismal assessment of this outcome was made by South Carolina state Representative Annie McDaniel. She declared, “The bottom line is that people didn’t go for Cory Booker because we already elected one black president and it’ll be awhile before we elect another one."
The country is left with one African American candidate, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick who has single-digit polling numbers. There does not appear to be a strong contender who is not white. Booker pointed out that there are more billionaires in this race than black candidates. There is a danger that Americans believe their work is done since they have successfully elected a black president. This possibility leaves the country with the threat of stagnation in its progress.
Now, there is the worry that the lack of diversity in this upcoming election could hinder the possible contenders’ ability to garner enough votes. If black voters turned out for Hillary Clinton in 2016, like they did for Barack, she probably would have been elected. Democrats may need to concern themselves with how the democratic nominees will motivate certain demographics to turn out for the polls. This race is threatening a repeat of a Trump presidency. The mobilization of citizens in support of Democrats is imperative if the country aims to transform its current narrow-mindedness.
Jane Cameron is a freshman majoring in journalism and mass communication, from Fairfield County, Connecticut.
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