As for folks of color, I only saw a few sprinkles in the audience. Belmont University recruited the ones that were in the town hall section. One woman of color was given an opportunity to ask a question that was chosen by WSMV. No Black media was represented at the debate other than the Tennessee Tribune and not one staffer of any of the candidates was a person of color. NOT ONE. Elected Democrats and Republicans who attended the event did not bring people of color with them as guests.
Now, I don't know by you but this is disturbing. I live-tweeted the event from the hall. I want to know who will be the next governor. Waiting to be introduced after a win in November will be a joke. If people of color are not being taken seriously enough to be reached out too by at least having minority staffers, how do you think the political appointments, agency jobs, and the cabinet is going to look in January? Being disconnected from the issues regarding jobs, economic development, and education that have an adverse affect on the community of color the most, has proven to wipe out many of the gains that people of color have made over the last forty years. Although Tennessee has become more diverse, we are seeing fewer people of color involved in the political process, including political campaigns. Is this by choice? People of color cannot afford to sit on the sideline in ANY election. Many are not following the king-maker rules anymore in Tennessee politics but people of color are not even being invited to be a court jester. I am beginning to think Alvin Greene is on to something. Early voting starts in Tennessee on Friday, July 16. Everyone should participate in the election process. I hope to see you at the polls.