MSNBC Special Tackles Race and Politics as Election Season Heats Up

By Tiarra Mukherjee Apr 26, 2019

On Saturday (April 27), MSNBC will air “Not Just Black and White: Race and the 2020 Election,” featuring the leading 2020 presidential candidates talking to host Reverend Al Sharpton about race. According to a statement from the news station, the one-hour special will break down “the major topics of the 2020 election, including social and economic inequality, identity politics and more.”

In a show preview tweeted today (April 26), Sharpton said he will talk to the contenders about closing America’s race gap. “When you look at every area of life in this country, from the economic standing to criminal justice to healthcare, there’s a race gap and there’s a class gap,” he said. “I wanted the candidates to respond to that so that we don’t have race as a marginal issue or some convenience … but something that we have a serious discussion [about] and make it a mainstream issue so we can deal with healing the racial divide for real and not just using it as a talking point.”



“Not Just Black and White” will feature Sharpton talking with Stacey Abrams and conducting one-on-one interviews with the following candidates: Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Pete Buttigieg (D-Ind.), Julián Castro (D-Texas), John Delaney (D-Md.), Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.), Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-N.Y.), Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), Representative Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Andrew Yang. The special airs at 8 p.m. EDT.