Women of Color Host Presidential Forum
She the People will host a presidential forum in Houston next month -- the first by a group led by women of color. Organizers said they scheduled the forum early in the campaign cycle to establish the group as a political force. Holding it in a red state, at Texas Southern University, was also intentional. "I’m excited and also recognize how much is riding on the success of this,'' said President and Founder Aimee Allison. She plans to announce participating candidates as soon as this week. Their participation will certainly be an indicator of how important they view women of color as a voting bloc. “For men and women (candidates) of various races, they all need to win women of color,'' Allison said. "They have to make their case.” Democrats have called Black women the backbone of the party and have relied on them for crucial party wins. DNC Chairman Tom Pérez told The Washington Post in 2017, “Let me be clear: We won in Alabama and Virginia because Black women led us to victory. Black women are the backbone of the Democratic Party, and we can’t take that for granted. Period.” In 2018, 92% of Black women voted Democrat in the midterms. In 2016, Hillary Clinton claimed 69% of Latino women voters and 94% of Black women voters in the general election, slightly less than for President Barack Obama in 2012. The data clearly show that the real juice for Democrats rests with women of color. Candidates who ignore Black women in the primary season and still hope to engage them after winning the party nomination will do so at their own peril. More about the event here.