A group of more than 100 male leaders from the Black community just sent Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden a letter ordering him to choose a Black woman as his running mate.
Though Biden has indicated that he is likely to choose a woman of color as his vice president, Biden reportedly met with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) just last week, signaling that there is at least one white woman still potentially in the running for VP.
The letter was published on Monday in the Atlanta Daily World, and featured prominent Black voices such as Sean “Diddy” Combs, CNN’s Van Jones, and attorney Ben Crump, and television host Nick Cannon.
The letter opened by declaring that choosing a Black woman “HAS to happen.”
“As someone who has said throughout the campaign that VP Joe Biden needs to choose a Black woman VP, the urgency for that pick has gone from something that SHOULD happen to something that HAS to happen,” the letter reads. “It disgusts us that Black women are not just being vetted in this VP process but unfairly criticized and scrutinized.”
“For too long Black women have been asked to do everything from rally the troops to risk their lives for the Democratic Party with no acknowledgment, no respect, no visibility, and certainly not enough support,” the letter continued, noting that “more than 700 Black women signed on to a letter demanding a Black woman VP. And we, black men, stand in solidarity with them.”
Writers warned that the consequences of Biden not choosing a Black female as his running mate are dire. “Failing to select a Black woman in 2020 means you will lose the election,” the letter warned. “We don’t want to choose between the lesser of two evils and we don’t want to vote the devil we know versus the devil we don’t because we are tired of voting for devils—period.”
Despite the severe admonition of the letter, Biden has reportedly already narrowed his choices down to failed presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and former National Security Adviser Susan Rice (D), both Black women.
Chair of the Democratic National Committee Black Caucus Virgie Rollins told Politico “He better pick a black woman. If he picks Gretchen, he’ll lose Michigan … There are a lot of Black people mad at her [Whitmer] in this state.”