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Mon Aug 10, 2015, 03:38 PM

Black Lives Matter to me, too, therefore I continue to support Bernie

Civil rights may be one of Hillary Clinton's better issues, but the advancement of people in color is no longer formally tied to legal barriers, as it was when I was growing up. In spite of that progress, it is counterintuitive to claim that racism is a thing of the past, as some claim. Anybody who makes such a claim (I'm talking to you, Chief Justice Roberts) is simply reaching for a reason to do nothing about race, income inequality or voting rights for real reasons that are vulgar and politically partisan.

It is difficult for me to imagine Mrs. Clinton doing all that needs to be done in the coming years in response to the increasingly severe problems faced by America's poorest citizens or the declining standard of living for the middle class. While she has been a strong supporter of civil rights, she has been weak on matters of economic equality, preferring to placate corporate interests in exchange for campaign donations. Let's be clear and honest. Those corporate benefactors of Mrs. Clinton's political career have no interest in promoting any remedy for income inequality. They wouldn't want to see capital gains taxed as ordinary income and they want the corporate income tax so small one could drown in a bathtub and easy for them to avoid altogether. They also want jobs easy to export, the minimum wage left where it is, if not abolished, and environmental regulations so ineffective that they can poison whole communities by dumping sludge into the water supply and not be held accountable for it.

I believe President Sanders will take on these issues and is ready to fight the rich and powerful who have profited from this all-too-friendly-to-corporate-interests house that Ronald Reagan, the Bush family, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama have constructed.

It is often said that when white American sneezes, black America catches cold. Right now, white American peons have pneumonia. I'm white, 63 years old and live on disability. I go into a panic every time a Republican congressman opens his mouth about Social Security or Medicare or whenever a Democrat heaps praise on the recommendations of the latest catfood commission. And I have a little more to fall back on because of white privilege. I was more likely to get a good job than a black person and more likely to paid better than the lady in the next cubicle.

I'm tired of bailing out corporate criminals when something goes wrong with their latest Ponzi scheme. It hurt me to have my income transferred to the incompetents who cashed the world economy and then have them continue as before; it hurt us the white peons, and it hurt the black peons more.

Economic injustice, social injustice and racial injustice (and also gender injustice, perhaps not getting the attention it deserves in this conversation, but women and families headed by single mothers are still more likely to live in poverty than a crooked bank executive) are all joined at the hip. These are problems that must be resolved and must be resolved together. To tackle one and not any of the others is a plan doomed to failure.

I trust Bernie Sanders more to take on all of these problems at once more than I trust Mrs. Clinton. I trust Bernie Sanders to put the interests of the people first, even if that means Legs Dimon and Pretty Boy Lloyd have to left on hold.

I want a president who won't even convene a catfood commission, let alone one who will accept a report from one. I want a president who knows that austerity is counterproductive and has no part in any economic recovery plan. I want a president who knows you don't make friends and influence people by dropping bombs on them so that their leaders will sell us oil cheaper. In fact, I want a president who knows it counterproductive to go to war for oil instead of subsidizing the development of clean, renewable energy to supplement and eventually supplant the use of fossil fuels, ending our dependency on them forever.

Black lives matter. The quality of black lives matter. For America's future and for the future of black Americans, I will vote for and support Bernie Sanders. He is far and away the best candidate for president in 2016.

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Reply Black Lives Matter to me, too, therefore I continue to support Bernie (Original post)
Jack Rabbit Aug 2015 OP
sabrina 1 Aug 2015 #1
HassleCat Aug 2015 #2
840high Aug 2015 #5
malokvale77 Aug 2015 #3
LWolf Aug 2015 #4
navarth Aug 2015 #6
AlbertCat Aug 2015 #7
punguin54 Aug 2015 #8
Jack Rabbit Aug 2015 #9
sabrina 1 Aug 2015 #10
KoKo Aug 2015 #11

Response to Jack Rabbit (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2015, 03:42 PM

1. One of the main reasons why I'm supporting him.

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Response to Jack Rabbit (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2015, 03:59 PM

2. Probably right

 

I get the feeling Sanders would push harder for police and prison reform, while Clinton would put more emphasis on traditional affirmative action programs.

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Response to HassleCat (Reply #2)

Mon Aug 10, 2015, 06:21 PM

5. I think you are right.

 

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Response to Jack Rabbit (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2015, 04:14 PM

3. Yes...

Hence the graphic before my signature line.

Nice OP Jack Rabbit.

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Response to Jack Rabbit (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2015, 04:25 PM

4. This morning

my senior citizen mother told me that she brought home paperwork for food stamps, but couldn't bring herself to fill them out. She's almost 80 and still works to supplement her SS; her 401k crashed.

She's got me, and my sons and their families, to make sure she's okay. We do our best to help her understand that helping goes all ways, and that families are always there for each other, just like she's always been there for us. Not everyone has that backup.

I, too, go into a panic every time a Republican congressman opens his mouth about Social Security or Medicare or whenever a Democrat heaps praise on the recommendations of the latest catfood commission.

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Response to Jack Rabbit (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2015, 06:33 PM

6. righteous. kicking....nt

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Response to Jack Rabbit (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2015, 06:43 PM

7. Black lives matter. The quality of black lives matter.

 

... For America's future and for the future of black Americans, I will vote for and support Bernie Sanders. He is far and away the best candidate for president in 2016.

Yes sir!

Even tho' I have been banned from a certain group for pointing out this "Sanders doesn't care for blacks as much a Hillary" meme is a GOP lie started when they noticed there weren't a lot of black people in VT and NH to come to his rallies, I will say it here. (the other group told me there were plenty of other places on DU to discuss it, so....)


Why is BLM championing RW talking points? How can they ignore the economic factors that keep many African Americans "in their place"? Have they forgotten those Obamacare town halls that were shouted down by Teabaggers? Why do they think this RW tactic is a good idea? .... and anyone who even questions it is racist? (at least in a certain group.... who is supposed to be liberal)

Why is asking why BLM doesn't just have an event with the Dem candidates to discuss, not screech about, issues important to them such an outrageous question?

What do those African Americans who say "I don't like what he's said." want him to say? Especially at this point.... before there's even been any debates.

Did they like what the GOP contenders said about race (if anything) at their debate? Are they gonna harass the GOP any?

I just don't get it.


Well, with some issues like race and religion, all logic seems to fly out the window, and anyone stepping back to assess the situation seems "suspect".

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Response to Jack Rabbit (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2015, 06:57 PM

8. I am a 60 year old white man

My cousins are black and I love them with all my heart. We have practically the same blood in our veins. The reason all this insanity is going on right now is because of the corrupt political process. Think about it a moment. We have the ultra rich who are whining about having to pay taxes, basically an oligarchy, against the rest of the population of America. They have their Hannitys and limbaughs to spread their vitriolic hatred to people who if they only realized that voting against your own interests is a form of suicide. I have been following Bernie for years now. He doesn't get much press but Thom Hartmann has been proactive in his ideas and support of you and I, the working people. I just have one more thing . I too believe that black lives matter. Is there another candidate out there who cares more about real lives instead of money or fame. I dare you to because you cant.period.

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Response to punguin54 (Reply #8)

Mon Aug 10, 2015, 07:10 PM

9. Welcome to DU, Punguin

Please stop by and visit the Bernie Sanders Group

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Response to punguin54 (Reply #8)

Mon Aug 10, 2015, 07:13 PM

10. Welcome to DU. To answer your question, no there is no one with a better

record on Civil Rights and Equality and Justice for AAs, than Bernie Sanders, and they can lie and rail and throw out their talking points all they want, because they DON'T want to talk about ISSUES and VOTES, but it isn't going to change that fact one bit.

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Response to Jack Rabbit (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2015, 07:50 PM

11. One can't get better than Bernie..to Work for the Future!

Experience.....with it ALL!

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