Democrats Discriminate Based On Skin Color And Gender In Delegate Selection For National Convention
A SAB reader who is a former local Democrat party official emailed me today in response to my post about MSNBC’s efforts to erroneously portray the Republican National Convention as merely a gathering of white people.
In his email he pointed out that Democrats actually impose racial and gender quotas on their delegates.
“The delegate selection process for Dems is a carefully crafted document and they actually require so many blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asians, etc,” he wrote. ”Each state has to have one and it has to be representative of their demographic makeup and other factors. And it needs to be approved by national hq.”
I checked, and he’s right. According to page six of the 2012 delegate selection rules published by the Democrat party (see below), preferential treatment must be given to women and people of certain races:
The promises of a democratically elected government and the right to vote have not always been extended equally to all Americans. Historically, certain groups of Americans have been explicitly denied the right to vote or have been subjected to discriminatory and exclusionary practices with the intended effect of denying them voting rights. In recognition of this past history of discriminatory denial of the franchise and in order to encourage full participation by all Democrats in the delegate selection process and in all Party affairs, the national and state Democratic Parties shall adopt and implement affirmative action programs with specific goals and timetables for African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and women. …
In the selection of each state’s at-large delegation, priority of consideration shall be given to African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and women, if such priority of consideration is needed to fulfill the affirmative action goals outlined in the state’s Delegate Selection Plan. Such remedial action is necessary in order to overcome the effects of past discrimination. Use of the at-large delegation to fulfill the plan’s affirmative action goals does not obviate the need for the state party to conduct outreach activities such as recruitment, education and training.
The Democrats are trying to “overcome the effects of past discrimination” with more discrimination. As long as you’re making decisions based on factors like skin color or gender you’re discriminating, and that’s not ok. Or it shouldn’t be, anyway, for people who believe in equal treatment regardless of things like gender or skin color.
For all their blather about racist Republicans and a “war on women,” Democrats certainly don’t seem to have a problem being kind of racist and discriminatory along gender lines themselves.