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The white candidates struggling to appeal to black voters

Heather Long on the #MeToo moment in the field of economics; Cleve Wootson on 2020 candidates struggling to bridge the race gap; Rick Maese on another year without a near-mythical race.
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Economics’ #MeToo moment
A survey released earlier this week by the American Economics Association revealed something that female economists were deeply unsurprised by: that women in the field faced far more gender bias than their male counterparts.

Heather Long, an economics correspondent for The Post, says that economics has long been dominated by white men, but that the survey was further evidence that there is a push to diversify the field. Janet L. Yellen, who is one of the most recognizable economists in the world and is set to lead the AEA in 2020, said that there is a climate problem in economics that needs to be addressed immediately.

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Bernie Sanders went to South Carolina to talk to black voters. Few showed up to listen.
Last week at a black church in North Charleston, S.C., 1,600 people packed in to hear Sen. Bernie Sanders speak.

“I did an impromptu headcount, and I think I counted 37 black people there,” Post reporter Cleve Wootson says. “For whatever reason, the message that he’s putting out there is not automatically registering with black voters.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has had similar struggles getting black voters out to her campaign events. But as Wootson says, the two candidates and their campaigns seem to be taking different paths to reach out.

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Maybe next year
Sports reporter Rick Maese on a near-mythical Dutch skating race that is planned for every year but hasn’t happened in decades.

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