February 7, 2020 - Candidates Deride Systemic Racism, Warren Calls for Action

At the eighth Democratic presidential debate, moderator Linsey Davis raises a comment by Sanders surrogate Nina Turner that suggests Biden has “repeatedly betrayed Black voters.” Sanders suggests she was talking about “early actions” by Biden and pivots to describe the need for policies addressing racial inequity in health care, education, and wealth. Klobuchar adds that “systemic racism in voting” should be a focus of policy action and Biden backs that claim. Warren is more direct in criticizing Democrats for talk without action when it comes to supporting the Black community. She says: “I’m glad to stand on this stage with my fellow Democrats who talk about how important the Black community is, at least at election time. Year after year after year, election after election after election, Democrats go to people in the black community and say ‘Boy, we really care about these issues. Racism is terrible, we all want to do something,’ and then somehow the problem just seems to keep getting worse. Well I think it’s time we have real, concrete plans that are going to make a difference in people’s lives.” She suggests her two-cent wealth tax will fund the programs necessary to close racial gaps in these areas. Steyer adds that he would “set up a formal commission on race on day one to retell the story of the last 400 years in America of systematic racism against African Americans.” Yang uses the opportunity to emphasize the need for direct cash payments to African Americans.