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Opinion: Should Bernie Sanders Get The ‘Black’ Vote?

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

African-Americans, first of all, are not monolithic, and there are numerous issues other than those based upon race which affect African-Americans. Bernie Sanders should not get the votes of African-Americans, due in large part to his view that racism would be solved by economic equality. That is an absurd and ludicrous response.  Tell that to the African-American doctor who gets pulled over by police for no reason or someone like Chris Rock who has taken to Twitter because of being pulled over by police on so many occasions. It is safe to say that affluent African-Americans and professional African-Americans would be hard pressed to understand exactly what he is talking about. After all, they are doing quite well economically. Sandra Bland was on her way to a new job when she was stopped and harassed by an alleged racist cop and later ended up dead in her cell, as have many other African-American women.  Trayvon Martin was about to enter college.  It is clear that Bernie Sanders has no clue and merely parrots what he has been told by staffers. Sanders is a smart man – and apparently a quick study as to statistics, and saying what Hillary Clinton has been saying since day one, but the statistic quotes sound empty – devoid of any real knowledge as to what is going on in America today.

One of his advisers is former Ohio state senator, Nina Turner. Ms. Turner was initially a supporter of Hillary Clinton, but switched to Sanders. One has to wonder if her switch was due to not having a prominent role in the Clinton campaign, or perhaps she saw him flounder on issues of race and truly wanted to help him. However, her rhetoric is recognizable in Bernie’s comments and sudden knowledge as to issues which impact African-Americans. He is still the ‘new kid on the block‘ and having been the senator from a predominately White constituency he cannot possibly know what he needs to know without help. He would be more credible if indeed he had spoken out on these issues over the years while he has been senator. He has not.  As he is learning, it is clear that he cares, but he has zero experience in dealing with these issues, while Hillary Clinton has been outspoken on these issues for as long as he has been in the senate.

To be clear – Bernie is not a racist. Yes he cares about all of these things – but his speeches and comments are basically repeating everything that Hillary has already said.  Repeating statistics are not enough – African-Americans already know the statistics – they live those statistics every single day. The statistics of lives being ruined because of being railroaded into prison has nothing to do with economics at all – because many of the lives that were ruined were of African-Americans who were living decent lives until they were falsely accused and wrongfully convicted and it had nothing to do with economics. One need only read the public files of the Innocence Project regarding those who have been exonerated of the crime for which they were convicted and did not commit.  True – some could not afford the best attorneys – but the issue is that they should never have been charged in the first place – not what happened after that time.  Being shot in the back eight times while running away has nothing to do with income inequality, but more with the hatred and reckless ,immoral disregard for life of the officer holding the gun.  The learning curve for Sanders is pretty high at this point. And he first has to admit that racism will not be resolved and eradicated  upon economic equality.

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Donald Trump: Making America “Hate Again”

Trum hate face

Donald Trump’s mantra is that,with him at the helm as President of the United States, he will make “America great again.”  But, it becomes increasingly clear that he will make “America hate again.”  There is an old proverbial saying that is akin to “birds of a feather, flock together‘, and, in the case of Trump, it is more appropriate: “Show me who you run with, and I’ll show you who you are.”  The Trump followers have engaged in racial slurs, violent attacks, and they cheer him on as he spews his venomous attacks.  Not many are willing to take him on – simply because the media continues to give him a free and unlimited ride, which translates into precluding those who are the subject of his hateful and biased attacks , very little opportunity to respond – thus leaving his misrepresentations lingering in the air – unanswered.

The Trump Supporters:

When an African-American  ‘Black Lives Matter‘ protester  spoke out – it was the Trump supporters who beat and kicked him like a mob – hurling racial epithets; and yet, instead of  repudiating the conduct – Trump said: “Maybe he needed to be roughed up.” No apology – thereby condoning the racist behavior. Hence – making America ‘hate again‘.

When a Muslim woman stood up during one of his ‘events’ as he began to degrade Muslims, she was escorted out by security – but she was also insulted with epithets as she was leaving by Trump supporters.  Trump, again, did not repudiate the conduct – but allowed his silence to encourage the misconduct in the future.

When an esteemed Mexican-American reporter from Telemundo pressed a question – he was escorted out of the room. A Trump supporter confronted the reporter and stated that he wanted the reporter “out of ”  his  “country”. The reporter responded by saying that it is “his country too “, and that he is an American. The Trump supporter shook his head indicating that it was not true. Why not? Because he is not White?  The reporter is indeed an American citizen. And yet again – Trump  did not repudiate the words and actions of his supporter, (which were widely reported and televised), – his silence condoning the inappropriate insults.

Trump referred to children of immigrants – whether legal or illegal as “anchor babies”.  With the use of that phrase, Trump not only  discredits , but  disparages  his own familial  lineage – since his own father was the son of an immigrant.  But the media failed to counter his comments with this public information. Trump disparages  everyone from military heroes to football players – even though he has never participated in either. Yet Americans whose religion is Islam have served with honor and distinction in the United States military, but Trump speaks of them with disdain.

His desire to “close the borders” to anyone who is not White  and conduct a massive round-up of Mexicans, makes it clear that his platform is bringing the racists and sexist from underneath their rocks and the hateful side of America is showing up at his rallies, glad for the opportunity to be openly racist.

His ignorance is apparently, in our opinion, as great as his wealth – for  he does not even know the difference between socialism and communism. He once referred to Bernie Sanders as a communist, and his ‘trumpets‘ booed as soon as he spoke the word ‘communism’ . Bernie Sanders has always been a ‘democratic-socialist’ – and that is a far cry from communism.   Trump, however, loves to use code and  dog whistles – seizing upon terms which his audience will immediately jeer or cheer.  That too is encouraging hate.  Does he not know that one of our allies, (Germany) is a socialistic country? Apparently not.

Along with all of the above,  are his grand and sweeping promises to do things, which in this country, he would have no authority to do.   Once during a public appearance before an audience primarily consisting of  law enforcement – he promised that he would see to it that anyone who killed a police officer would get the “death penalty” – of course there were cheers.  (Seemingly no trial would be involved – just the death penalty.)  The reality is that as President of the United States – he would have no authority to issue such an edict. He seems to be clueless that there is this little thing called the separation of powers within the Constitution of the United States of America.  Yet the media allows him to make these egregious and flawed statements without calling him out.

For those Americans who are proud of the gains made over the past 50 years – the words “great again” as spoken by Trump translate as “hate again”.  One look at his crowd is a jarring reminder of  just how far America has traveled from the hateful past which Trump is longing to see return.  That is a side of America which no reasonable and rational American wants for the future of this country.

 

 

 

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