In a statement released Wednesday, Democrat Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson asserted the existence of racism in his party and likened it to an 800lb elephant in the room that just about everyone claims doesn’t exist.
Johnson responded to a declaration from Matthew Dowd, who withdrew from the race for Texas lieutenant governor earlier this week to create a much more “diverse” field.
Johnson said he was a little befuddled and troubled by the reasoning.
Important news. I am ending my campaign for Lt. Governor of Texas. Now that the race is emerging in a more diverse way, I have made the decision from a place of integrity to step back. see attached release. pic.twitter.com/SOl8ZJJFnz
— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) December 7, 2021
The Best Candidate Isn’t Dependent on Ethical Background
According to Johnson, it is also true campaigns are held specifically with the goal of picking the best nominee. If there is indeed an issue with a white guy on the ballot, it appears his Democrat colleagues are implying Democrat Party voters are incapable of supporting minorities and women.
Johnson went on to say if this is true, then it is a disgrace to the Democrat primary voters who are incapable of voting for women and minorities when faced with the option of a white male candidate.
However, he believes white male candidates being barred from running as Democrats in order to give minorities and women a chance is incorrect.
He went on to say that it is NOT white guys seeking office who are the problem. In this case, the problem is the 800-pound gorilla in the room, which is racism inside the Democrat Party, which many deny exists.
Therefore, “surrendering” to candidates of color isn’t the answer for people like Dowd. It is tackling the issue of racism.
Following a shift in the Democrat primary field he was competing in, Matthew Dowd announced his retirement from the race for lieutenant governor of Texas on Tuesday.
Breaking: Matthew Dowd has dropped out of the race for Lt. Governor of Texas.
In a statement he said: “A diverse field is now emerging in the Democratic primary. I do not want to be the one who stands in the way of the greater diversity we need in politics.”
— The Lincoln Watchman👀🇺🇸 (@LincolnWatchman) December 7, 2021
White Male Christians Should Step Down?
A statement from Dowd declared that a broad field of candidates is currently forming in the Democrat primary for the post. He doesn’t want to be the one who gets in the way of the increased diversity we all need in our political institutions.
According to his statement, when he chose to run for lieutenant governor in September, his sole competitor was a white male Christian.
Dowd made the choice to campaign two years after writing an op-ed for ABC News in which he said “white male Christians” could perhaps move aside to make room for more diverse candidates.
It was at that time Dowd gently suggested white male Christians take it upon themselves to stand aside and allow more people who don’t look like “them” access to the reins of power.
Then, he went on to say as white male Christians, they should display true leadership by taking a step back from the center of the stage and starting to relinquish their positions at the table.