The upcoming Primaries will tell the tale of inroads that Bernie Sanders made into black voters. Hillary is a name familiar to the black community. Civil Rights hero Bernie Sanders has been working in the background. When faced with the voting divide in South Carolina where the majority of white Democrats support Bernie and the majority of black Democrats support Hillary, white Progressives wonder "What's wrong with blacks?". This is not stated in that blunt term, but it does come in the form of the of why are you voting for a racist like Hillary. Hillary's support for the crime bill and her use of the term "superpredator" are the initial part of the attack.
Lost in the discussion is the battle that went on between Hillary and the President in the 2008 Primaries. Hillary had to build back bridges with the black community to regain support. The fact that the President selected her as Secretary of State played a major role in Hillary's rehabilitation in the black community. President Obama is hugely popular in the black community of voters. Hillary has a history of Progressive votes.
When church members were massacred in Charleston, Hillary pointed out the role gun laws play in gun violence. Bernie Sanders was mute on gun laws.
If Bernie wants black voter support, he needs to kiss the feet of President. Bernie Sanders is unlikely to give very high praise to President Obama. One of Sanders' earluy choices was Obama critic Cornel West. I won't repeat the slurs that West has laid upon the President, because they are well known.Let us simply focus on Cornel West's rationale for endorsing Bernie Sanders rather than Hillary Clinton.
Black America over the Clinton-Sanders election is principally a battle between a declining neoliberal black political and chattering class still on the decaying Clinton bandwagon (and gravy train!) and an emerging populism among black poor, working and middle class people fed up with the Clinton establishment in the Democratic Party. It is easy to use one’s gender identity, as Clinton has, or racial identity, as the Congressional Black Caucus recently did in endorsing her, to hide one’s allegiance to the multi-cultural and multi-gendered Establishment. But a vote for Clinton forecloses the new day for all of us and keeps us captive to the trap of wealth inequality, greed (“everybody else is doing it”), corporate media propaganda and militarism abroad—all of which are detrimental to black America.
In the age of Barack Obama, this battle remained latent, with dissenting voices vilified. As a black president, Obama has tended to talk progressive but walk neoliberal in the face of outrageous right-wing opposition.
Jonathan Capehart of the WaPo points out how the "deranged ravings" of West against the President. Capehart notes that another Sanders supporter, Killer Mike called Obama a house slave. West operates under the delusion that he determines who carries Martin Luther King Jr's message. As Capehart notes, West is "blacker than thou". The old guard is a relic of the past. The thing is when have we ever heard of black families ever calling on, and receiving help from Cornel West? Al Sharpton may have a negative image outside of the black community, but let us consider a few of the times that Sharpton was called upon to bring attention to police or judicial abuse:
The above are cases that come to mind. Rev. Al Sharpton has been the one that came to the aid of family's, not Cornel West. When the actual old guard Civil Rights leaders are gone, we have no reason to believe that Cornel West has any skills that would give us comfort that he will be an adequate replacement for the old guard.
By selecting Cornel West, Sanders has promising a revolution when it comes to who will represent black families needing aid when facing injustice in the legal system. Black Lives Matter is nonpartisan. Cornel West has shown no talent for being able to offer anything more than rhetoric.
Bernie Sanders provided a little blurb in a new book by Bill Press that is critical of President Obama. Buyer's Remorse details how President Obama let the country down by ot being Progressive enough.
Bernie Sanders is not a Democrat. Sanders is an Independent who finds it convenient to run as a Democrat. Sanders mused about running an opposition candidate against Obama because the President was a failure.
Like Cornel West who feels black superiority, Sanders claims Progressive superiority. Hillary and Obama fail that test according to Sanders.
Many black voters do not have good feelings about Bernie Sanders. Sanders is not recognized as a leader on Civil Rights. He has been slow to change his views on gun laws. Other than producing empty rhetoric, what has Bernie Sanders shown that he can actually accomplish? Until that question is answered, he will not have majority support in the black community. Blacks saw the opposition that Obama faced and may be unwilling to believe that Sanders can deliver on his promises
Hillary is simply being