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Do “black lives matter” to Bernie Sanders?

In light of Sanders’ insulting performance before Netroots Nation this weekend, it’s hard not to conclude that black lives don’t matter — at least not to Sanders. As a representative and senator from Vermont, one of the “whitest” states in the U.S., Sanders has no real experience working with or working for African Americans. They are as foreign to him as Mexican aliens are to Donald Trump.

At the Netroots gathering in Phoenix, even the pro-Sanders reporter for Time magazine, Sam Frizell, had to admit that that Sanders “flubbed” his moment before this black, activist audience. The Democratic candidate was practically booed off the stage:

The kerfuffle at Netroots for Sanders was especially pointed. As a student at the University of Chicago in the early 1960s, Sanders participated in one of the first sit-ins in the North protesting racial segregation, and was active in pushing to desegregate Chicago public schools. But Sanders tends to view racial injustice through an economic lens, putting forth jobs platforms intended to help the poor. When he was able to put in a word on stage, Sanders said the U.S. needs to create “an economy where people have good jobs and good wages”—a sentiment that did not satisfy the (sic) protestors.

With the group continuing to chant toward the stage, Vargas said it was time to wrap up. “Okay, good,” Sanders said.

If this is supposed to be a candidate who brings together a racially divided country, Sanders was worse than tone-deaf — he basically proved to protestors that white politicians will deliver more of the same generic solutions black Americans no longer want to hear.

The one candidate who still has some credibility with African Americans is Hillary Clinton. Although the level of enthusiasm for her is still low key, in time protesters will accept her as the only candidate who has an active, positive track-record when it comes to the issues black America cares about.

In Hillary’s world, black lives do matter: they always have.


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Frank Marafiote

Frank started the Hillary Clinton Quarterly in 1992 and has been "keeping up with Hillary" for more than 25 years. Recently retired, he worked in advertising and communications and also taught marketing courses several times a year for a local university.

3 thoughts on “Do “black lives matter” to Bernie Sanders?”

  1. I guess Hillary’s campaign are behind the BLM movement going after Bernie. Are they paid by the campaign? Hillary is for Corporations and money, nothing else.

  2. Bernie Sanders has been an advocate of the civil rights movement in this country for over 40 years. For example, Sanders walked with MLK in the historic 1963 march on Washington D.C. and a year before that he lead a student multi-week sit-in to protest against segregated off campus housing at the Univ. of Chicago. Not to mention he grew up in Brooklyn in a middle to low income family. “Doesn’t understand or connect to the black voter.” You must be living under a rock…

    It is clear from the name of this website who you support. But there is no need to lie to gain support for your candidate. Unless you want others to discredit your viewpoint on anything you write. I know it is hard for someone who supports those who work for corporate America to understand; but let us try and keep this a lie free election cycle — at least on the Democratic side.

  3. Who, what, where, how, when, why? When I got a degree in journalism (and worked as a reporter), this was the mantra every editor repeated over and over again. Your article is missing important details that put this story in context. WHEN was “Sanders’ insulting performance before Netroots Nation”? WHEN did this excerpt happen and WHO was Sanders speaking to: “With the group continuing to chant toward the stage, Vargas said it was time to wrap up. ‘Okay, good,’ Sanders said.’ ”

    Did these exchanges happen recently at the Democratic National Convention, or was this something that happened over several months earlier.

    I apologize if I’m missing the details that help me understand this article in context.

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