White men asked if they can lead a diverse Democratic Party

The 2020 Democratic field is the most diverse in history and for the first time, white male candidates are being asked about the optics of running as, well, white men. “I don’t think it’s ever even occurred to us to question the narrative or the relevance of a white man running for office, that’s the norm,” said Lauren Leader, co-founder and CEO of women’s political leadership non-profit All-In-Together. Whether Beto O’Rourke acknowledging his privilege, Bernie Sanders suggesting identity shouldn’t matter, or Pete Buttigieg telling a story about his former naiveté, the candidates’ varied answers are one of many ways to prove they understand the barriers facing different communities.