“If Bernie Sanders wants to do better with voters of colour, here’s where he needs to start” (Independent – UK)
My thoughts on Bernie Sanders and his relationship with voters of color
Here’s an excerpt:
“In 2016, just over 23 percent of African-Americans who voted in the 2016 primary wanted Sanders as the Democratic nominee, and it’s clear he’s going to have to do more to get people of colour on his side this time round. This, despite the fact that he has supported candidates of colour who canvassed on issues like voting rights and immigration. In 2018, Sanders supported two African-American gubernatorial candidates: Andrew Gillum in Florida and Stacey Abrams in Georgia. They both lost their tight races. When asked why he thought they lost, Sanders told the Daily Beast, “[A lot] of white folks out there who are not necessarily racist … felt uncomfortable for the first time in their lives about whether or not they wanted to vote for an African-American”.
The thing is, what Sanders described was at best racial bias. But he didn’t — or couldn’t — bring himself to say it.’