One Woman’s Take on the Democratic Debates

By: Tara Guillaume

With election time slowly coming around, I have noticed a bit of disinterest with the people of color in my life. This might be either due to a disappointment from the last election if that’s not what they voted for or the overwhelming amount of democratic candidates we have running as of now.

From my standpoint as a black woman, I can see where they’re coming from. It seems to me that everything has become a political issue rather than basic human rights. We have come to the point where basic empathy makes you a front runner and an idol. Scary if you ask me. I recently watched the Democratic debates and I could not have counted the number of times I cringed. 

From left: Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke participate in the first 2020 presidential Democratic candidates' debate in Miami, Florida. Photo: REUTERS/Mike Segar

From left: Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke participate in the first 2020 presidential Democratic candidates' debate in Miami, Florida. Photo: REUTERS/Mike Segar

We started with Beto and Cory Booker speaking Spanish to appeal to the immigrants and make it seem as if they’re hip to it. No offense to either candidate (I’m a loose supporter of Beto) but there were numerous things that felt awkward. It reminded me of how Kamala Harris is trying to monopolize one demographic by making herself look and sound as if she is all about African American culture.

Immigration reform is very widespread and is not solely a Latinix issue and while admittedly it has been shown as such. Unfortunately, it’s a time where everyone is being attacked for trying to seek better circumstances.

In an age where everything seems so fake and rehearsed, this election seems more so. Perhaps it’s because I’m older or perhaps it’s because everyone is so desperate to be in office to prove themselves that they feel the need to be relatable. No matter how bored or disinterested it may all be, there has never been a more important time to get involved. Using these cringing moments is a great way to look deeper into their platforms to see what’s really going on.