False Advertising: The Democratic Party's Failure to Support Women of Color Candidates

Lucy Flores sought election to the US House of Representatives in 2016 and enjoyed front-runner status -- until she faced opposition from the highest echelons of the Democratic Party establishment.Lucy Flores sought election to the US House of Representatives in 2016 and enjoyed front-runner status — until she faced opposition from the highest echelons of the Democratic Party establishment. (Photo: Bret Simmons / Flickr)

Modern mass marketing is all about manipulation. The Democratic Party product is no exception: It often does not come as advertised.

Marketing is how the purported “party of peace” has spent the past eight years, turning US involvement in two wars into involvement in no less than seven, strengthening the surveillance state and overseeing the militarization of police forces. It is how the publicized “party of racial justice” brought the 1994 Crime Bill, welfare reform and an administration that, in part, gave rise to the Black Lives Matter movement. It is how the professed “party of labor” constructed trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. And it is how the presumptive “party of the middle class” removed Glass-Steagall, paid rather than prosecuted financial lawbreakers who crashed the economy, and introduced the lobbyist-written Dodd-Frank Act.

Now, the Democratic Party is running a marketing campaign presenting its product as the antithesis of the racism and sexism of Donald Trump. The falseness of the party’s claims is particularly apparent in its documented opposition to women of color within its own ranks.

The Democratic Party vs. Women of Color

Lucy Flores is a politician with a powerful and inspirational life story. Flores grew up in poverty as one of 13 children of a single father and “fell through the cracks,” as many do, when she dropped out of high school and became involved with a gang. But she turned her life around and earned her GED, a college degree and a law degree before she was elected as a Nevada State Representative. In 2016, Flores sought election to the US House of Representatives. With local as well as national popularity, she enjoyed front-runner status in the Democratic…

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