What #YouMightHear and Why it Matters for Racial Justice

What #YouMightHear and Why it Matters for Racial Justice

Advancement Project Launches #YouMightHear Bingo for Second Presidential Primary Debate

By Daniel Marks

Tonight CNN will host the second presidential candidates’ debate of the year. If last month’s debate is any indication of what’s to come, we will have plenty of problematic rhetoric to sit through. To keep track of the debates, we created a #YouMightHear bingo game. Now, you and your friends can document how often the candidates use offensive terms (including those that refer to human beings as “illegal(s)”) and ignore or distort key issues facing people of color, including the school-to-prison pipeline or police brutality.

During the debate, you might hear countless offensive things. It might make your blood boil a little bit, and for good reason. During last month’s FOX-moderated debate in Cleveland, Ohio, candidates including Donald Trump spewed several statements on racial justice issues. From vapid policy discussions on police brutality to attacks on the 14th Amendment and immigrant justice, candidates want us to buy into the ideals of a “traditional America” – an America that strips people of color of  fundamental rights. We listen and we vote!

What better way to analyze tonight’s debate than with a good game of bingo? Here’s how it works. First, print out Advancement Project’s #YouMightHear Debate Bingo sheet and get a couple of chips, markers, or whatever works best to mark the phrases. Next, let the games begin! Anytime a candidate says something problematic like the phrase “post-racial society” or “let police do their jobs,” mark the phrase(s) until you mark five phrases in a row. 

Presidential candidates should never promote an unjust democracy. Playing our #YouMightHear Presidential Debate Bingo game is not only fun and games, but informative insight into candidates’ values. This is not a matter of politics; it’s a matter of racial justice. And since we’re non-partisan, we don’t explicitly or implicitly endorse candidates. We’ll be sure to track all debates involving the 2016 presidential candidates– not just the tonight’s debate.