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Democrats’ Way Back: The party of diversity?

LaTosha Brown, right, co-founder of Black Voters Matter, breaks out with an organizing song at a meeting of several Mississippi grassroots organizations in Greenville, Mississippi, Aug. 24, 2018.
LaTosha Brown, right, co-founder of Black Voters Matter, breaks out with an organizing song at a meeting of several Mississippi grassroots organizations in Greenville, Mississippi, Aug. 24, 2018. AP

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WASHINGTON — In the fourth episode of a special five-part miniseries, McClatchy’s national political correspondent Alex Roarty sits down with corporate diversity guru Rob Raben to talk about a contentious point surrounding the Democratic Party: How it treats people of color.

Voters of color are a powerful part of Democrats’ voting base, but a constituency the party has struggled to turn out in recent elections. Though the party is sending a diverse group of new lawmakers to Washington next year, racial tensions are already spilling into its leadership battles on Capitol Hill.

(Listen to Episode 3 of The Democrats’ Way Back)

“The gaps are still significant and we have a long way to go before people of color are actually calling the shots,” said Raben, whose group works with companies to increase diversity in boardrooms and think tanks in corporate America.

On the fifth and final episode of Democrats’ Way Back, going live Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, Roarty sits down with Amanda Litman, co-founder of the group Run for Something, which boasts having recruited nearly 20,000 young progressives to seek public office since Trump’s election.

Democrats’ Way Back is produced by Jordan-Marie Smith and Davin Coburn. Alex Roarty, a national political correspondent for McClatchy covering the Democratic Party, recorded this episode at McClatchy’s Washington Bureau.
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