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#BernieSoBlack Revived on Twitter, Questions Sanders’ Approach to Black Voters

Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) announced on Saturday that he will re-run for president in 2020. As with his last campaign, it’s important for Sanders to win Black votes. Judging by the revival of the 2015 hashtag #BernieSoBlack on Twitter, that may be a challenge.

Black Twitter called Sanders out in grand fashion for seemingly exaggerating his importance to the civil rights movement and his bond with the Black community.  He has claimed to supposedly have marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, although there’s no evidence to prove it.

Here are some of the tweets:

In a 2016 New York Times op-ed by Charles M. Blow, he explained the concerns and the distrust that many Black people have toward Sanders.

“But then I am reminded that the idea that Black folks are infantile and must be told what to do and what to think is not confined by ideological barriers. The ideological difference is that one side prefers punishment and the other pity, and neither is a thing in which most Black folks delight.”

In a recent interview, Sanders stated he was against reparations for Blacks regarding slavery.

“I think what we have got to do is pay attention to distressed communities: Black communities, Latino communities, and white communities, and as president, I pledge to do that,” Sanders said when asked about the issue on ABC’s “The View” on Friday.

When asked point blank did he support reparations, his response: “I think that right now, our job is to address the crises facing the American people and our communities, and I think there are better ways to do that than just writing out a check.”

Blacks in this nation are still suffering from the residual effects of the enslavement of Africans and disaporans here in the United States.

Sanders’ attempt to connect with Blacks in Chicago was also a miss. Although he spoke of racial inequality by insinuating there would be a “political revolution” that would bring “real change” from “the bottom on up,” the crowd looked overwhelmingly not Black.

Bernie Sanders at Chicago Rally.

He did tout statistics on Black infant mortality rates and police brutality and murder. Sanders named a list of young Black men killed in police shootings, including 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, the Black teenager who was gunned down by a white Chicago police officer in 2014.

However, the rally took place at Navy Pier. Navy Pier is in the Streeterville section of Chicago. It’s population is 73% white and 4% Black. If Sanders really wanted to make an impact with Blacks in Chicago, why not have the rally on the South Side of Chicago?



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  1. grannybunny

    There’s an old joke about Republicans that says that when the going gets tough, they circle their wagons and shoot INWARD! 🙂 Democrats now appear to be doing the same thing.

  2. Gabriell Paye

    None of the candidates are perfect. But we have to look at the bigger picture. Over the course of his long career, Bernie has always stood up for taxing the rich, Medicare for all, a green new deal, a living wage for all who work, free education for all, reducing student debt, making voting easier, getting rid of for profit prisons and other things that would really help all working class and poor people. To me, he’s our best bet.

  3. Beverly Goodwin

    Bernie is not credible. He will not get my vote. He is about as credible as Trump.

  4. Never been a big fan of Bernie Sanders. He spouts platitudes (as do they all) but with very little substance. No candidate should take the Black/Brown vote for granted. As for Bernie, I think his time has passed. He’s had his run at the presidency and I’m not convinced he’s a viable candidate against the jack-ass in the White House.

  5. Ruby Ogbonna

    Until he could identify the wrongs of the Willie Lynch Note yo the slave owners, he will not be getting my vote.

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