Posted by: Ken Riter | May 13, 2019

There’s a special place in HELL for non-Black #POC who interfere with increased #Diversity measures in the #Democratic Party.

Democrats Divided

Democrats Continue To Be Divided

There’s a special place in HELL for non-Black #POC who interfere with increased #Diversity measures in the #Democratic Party.

Back on April 25th 2019, at a Douglas County Democratic Party Central Committee Meeting, a Latina, Dulce Sherman, and a Native man, Jason Valandra, joined TWO WHITE WOMEN ( Dee Austin and Maureen Monahan) in sabotaging an Amendment Proposal meant to increase diversity on the Douglas County Democratic Party’s Executive Committee in Omaha, NE. As soon as my proposal was killed these four individuals and their allies all HIGH-FIVED each other. This is how petty the opponents to Diversity in Nebraska’s Democratic Party really are.

The current positions are African-American, Latinx & the “Diversity” position which is one position whom people from the Native, Asian-Pacific Islander (API), & LGBTQIA communities currently compete for. It also includes Religious Minorities and People Living with Disabilities. We have anywhere from 7–10 people from the Native, API & LGBTQIA communities compete for this position at County Convention’s election time. It is past due to fix this. The African-American and Latinx Rep do not see this level of competition. My measure would have created new positions each for Native, Asian-Pacific Islander and LGBTQIA representation, plus a new Diversity position for Religious Minorities & People Living with Disabilities, which are two groups we need to build up in the Democratic Party in Nebraska at both the State and County Level. To be honest, there are other groups we need to welcome into the Party as well and I, personally, have other changes to further Diversity in my personal timeline for the Party, but as a Queer Person of Color, I put a priority on Racial Minorities and the LGBTQIA representation because of the potential for poverty and violence these groups tend to suffer. Their voices need to be heard when the Executive Committee meets. Also, I believe Religious Minorities and People Living with Disabilities suffer as well, so I made sure to include some space for them as well. But, if there is anything someone feels isn’t covered, I can tell you, I have a timeline for Diversity across the board, and I also have diverse ways planned to embed Diversity in the Party.

The current Diversity position is filled by a very likable Native man, who supports expansion. The current Latinx Rep opposes expansion, while the African-American Rep, who I’ve worked with before, supports the expansion, as far as I know.

Why is this so important to me? I am Filipino & Queer, my communities (API & LGBTQIA) are NOT currently represented on the DCDP Executive Committee, while Dulce Sherman & Jason Valandra, who both opposed the proposal already HAVE representation from their communities on the Executive Committee. The Asian-Pacific Islander group is the fastest growing racial group in Nebraska, in fact, Iowa and Nebraska are 3rd and 4th respectively, when you compare growth of the Asian-Pacific Islander community nationwide, we must be ready to accept them and welcome them with open arms in our Democratic Community.
Please support Increased Diversity Measures in the Democratic Party with me!

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