February 19, 2019
Top Democrats, Identity Politics, and the Jussie Smollett Affair: Is This the Real Collusion?
Rather than usher in a post-racial, more unified society, the presidency of Barack Obama exacerbated America's divisions in hot-button areas of race, ethnicity, and identity. A number of the Democratic Party's leading contenders to unseat President Trump in 2020 are already testing the political waters, and it is clear that their appeals to race and identity politics — echoing the Obama years — will play prominent roles in their campaigns. Looking ahead to the 2020 election, Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.); Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.); and Julián Castro, the Hispanic former HUD secretary and mayor of San Antonio, Texas, are three of the first "people of color" minority Democrat candidates to declare their presidential candidacies. All three are dyed-in-the-wool proponents of identity politics. Meanwhile, the story of black actor Jussie Smollett, whose claims of being the victim of a violent, racist, anti-gay attack on the...(Read Full Article)