During Bernie’s campaign, he has been accused several times of being “racist”. During a rally in Seattle in August of 2015, some Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters shut down his rally, and took over the mic. One of the first things that the protesters pointed out, is how Bernie’s progressive supporters are all “racists”.
Marissa Johnson, one of the protesters, shot back, “I was going to tell Bernie how racist this city is, filled with its progressives, but you did it for me,” accusing the audience of “white supremacist liberalism.” She cited Seattle’s own police problems, including an ongoing Justice Department consent decree over use of force.
During a debate in March 2016, earlier this month, Bernie got back to racism, claiming that if you are white, you don’t know what it’s like to live in the ghetto, or what it’s like to be poor.
“When you’re white, you don’t know what it’s like to be living in a ghetto. You don’t know what it’s like to be poor. You don’t know what it’s like to be hassled when you walk down the street or you get dragged out of a car,” Sanders said.
The comment upset both blacks and whites, by using racism to fight racism, and to marginalize blacks as being the group in America that lives in poverty, and that lives in the ghetto. Or negating the poor in the white community, who have lived in the ghetto and have financial setbacks and distress.
This divide and conquer tactic has been used before, and it is just as destructive when Bernie Sanders uses it, as when Trump uses it. We need to start setting our sights on unifying people, rather than dividing people. it is the only way our country is going to pull ourselves out of this mess.