Yang was asked a question that’s been hanging over the debate for weeks: What message does it send that he is the only nonwhite candidate on the stage?
“It’s both an honor and disappointment to be the lone candidate of color on the stage,” Yang said. He mentioned Sen. Kamala D. Harris, who recently dropped out. And, to applause, he predicted that Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) will participate in a subsequent debate.
Yang went on to note that blacks and Latinos “have something much more powerful working against them than words, they have numbers.” He noted that both groups have low net worth. And that black women disproportionately die in childbirth.
A reason: Only the rich, those with disposable incomes, can donate to politicians, he said. That, he said, could be addressed with his proposed “freedom dividend” of $1,000 a month to families.