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Diddy, Timbaland & More Black Men Stand In Solidarity With Hundreds Of Black Women Who Called On Joe Biden To Choose A Black Woman As His Running Mate

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Diddy, Timbaland and 100 more Black male leaders signed a statement of solidarity demanding presidential hopeful Joe Biden select a Black female running mate. Read their open letter inside…

Black men are stepping up to the plate to stand in solidarity with hundreds of black women.

More than 100 black male leaders – including big names like Diddy, Timbaland, Ty Dolla $ign, Chris Paul, Charlamagne tha God, Doug E. Fresh & Will Packer – signed an open letter calling on presidential hopeful Joe Biden to choose a Black woman as his running mate in the upcoming presidential election this November.

The former Vice President is supposed to name his running mate this week. According to NBC News, his campaign has assembled a veteran roster of strategists to help navigate his fall campaign. The team includes folks who worked in key roles during his time in the White House. In March, Biden vowed to choose a female as his running mate.

In the open letter (published via Atlanta Daily World), the men write, “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. It disgusts us that Black women are not just being vetted in this VP process but unfairly criticized and scrutinized.”

The letter criticizes Biden’s campaign vetting process, noting Senator Kamala Harris did nothing wrong when she questioned past political moves during a Democratic primary debate.

”Was Joe Biden ever labeled “too ambitious” because he ran for president three times? Should President Obama not have made him the VP because he had to worry about his “loyalty” when he clearly had AMBITIONS to be president himself? Why does Senator Kamala Harris have to show remorse for questioning Biden’s previous stance on integrated busing during a democratic primary debate?”

The letter goes on to question why Democrats haven’t asked Biden to “show remorse” for problematic drug bills he helped get signed that directly affected the black community negatively.

“Have Democratic Party leaders, allies, or donors ever required Joe Biden to show remorse for the 1986 or 1988 Anti-Drug Abuse bills, which established mandatory minimum sentencing and subsequently crack-cocaine sentencing disparities, and by his own admission, led to mass incarceration? What about the 1994 Crime Bill? Let’s be clear about the kind of remorse and reckoning that matters in 2020 when the Black community is still suffering the consequences for these oppressive measures. So, Black women are the only ones required to stay in their place and to show remorse for even questioning their own oppression?”

The men note they are standing in solidarity with the 700+ women - from sectors including tech, entertainment, fashion, music, the faith community and politics - who signed a letter demanding Biden choose a black woman as his running mate.

“Regardless of your political affiliation, whether it’s the media, members of the vice presidential vetting committee, a former Governor, a top political donor or a small town mayor: We are not your Aunt Jemimas.”

The ladies signed “Concerned Black Women Leaders” and the list has now grown to over 2,300 names. You can sign it here.

”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. More than 700 Black women signed on to a letter demanding a Black woman VP. And we, black men, stand in solidarity with them,” the men write.

”Failing to select a Black woman in 2020 means you will lose the election. 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.”

You can see the full list of men who signed the letter here.

The Black women Biden has considered include Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.); former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams; Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Reps. Val Demings (D-Fla.) and Karen Bass (D-Calif.); and former U.N. ambassador Susan E. Rice. All of these women have been hit with harsh criticism and scrutiny and it's unfair.

On social media, Diddy & Charlamagne seemingly endorsed another name for VP:

The Hip Hop mogul dared Biden to pick Nina Turner as his running mate. Nina was a Cleveland City Councillor from 2006 to 2008 and an Ohio State Senator from 2008 until 2014. Charlamagne agreed, posting up the fist emojis in the comments. Nina also responded, thanking Diddy.

 

 

Who do you think Biden will choose this week?

Photos: YASAMIN JAFARI TEHRANI/Featureflash Photo Agency/Shutterstock.com

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