Dozens of Black public figures have signed a letter urging Joe Biden to pick a Black woman as his vice presidential candidate. Diddy, Charlamagne Tha God, Nick Cannon, Timbaland, Ty Dolla $ign, Akon, Doug E. Fresh and Jacquees were among those in the music industry to attach their names to the message.
“Failing to select a Black woman in 2020 means you will lose the election,” the letter reads. “We don’t want to choose between the lesser of two evils and we don’t want to vote the devil we know versus the devil we don’t because we are tired of voting for devils — period.”
More than 100 men signed the letter, which also calls out Biden’s past involvement in the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. Other notable names adding their signatures include Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Chris Paul, Van Lathan, Bishop William J. Barber and Cedric The Entertainer.
Biden is expected to announce his vice presidential candidate this week. The 2020 Democratic National Convention is scheduled to begin next Monday (August 17).
Black women such as Kamala Harris, Keisha Lance Bottoms, Karen Bass, Stacey Abrams, Susan Rice and Val Demings have been mentioned as Biden’s potential VP selections.
Read the full signed by Diddy, Charlamagne, Cannon and more below.
.@Diddy, @cthagod & others sign letter calling @JoeBiden to choose a black VP
“Failing to select a Black woman in 2020 means you will lose the election. We don't want to choose between the lesser of two evils & we don't want to vote for the devil we know vs the devil we don't” pic.twitter.com/T57mcEsoYz
— Molly Nagle (@MollyNagle3) August 10, 2020