If there’s a racial wealth gap in this country—well, it looks like Democrats have no one but themselves to blame.
According to an analysis by the New Organizing Institute, minorities working for Democratic political campaigns are paid substantially less than their white counterparts. And, often, they’re given less prestigious jobs.
African-American staffers, in fact, made just 70 cents on the dollar for white employees.
For Latino staffers, the difference was even a little wider: they were only paid 68 cents on the dollar.
In any other election year, this might’ve been swept under the rug. But in 2016, it could be a major disaster for Democrats moving forward.
As race relations become a major issue in the 2016 race—spurred on by brutal riots in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland, over the deaths of black civilians at the hands of white cops—Democrats have learned that they’re not immune to protest.
Earlier in 2015, Democratic presidential candidates like Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley saw speeches and panels interrupted by #BlackLivesMatter protesters, who demanded they do more to address racial inequality. O’Malley was even slammed when he dared tell activists that “all lives matter,” not just black ones.
Democrats have long rested on their “demographics as destiny” plan for victory—essentially, winning over minority populations that grow faster than white ones.
But it looks like they might have to start, literally, putting their money where their mouth is if they want to continue to have any sort of legitimacy on race issues in this country.