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I said this a billion times a few yrs ago & it seems his campaign doesn’t understand this issue well into the present: if bernie wants to win more black voters, he has to connect the dots. Let me explain.+
(Oh and before i get started, tweeting at me w/a favorability chart, info abt a visit to a MS factory, or voting trends among millennials is not necessary. I already know those stats, so save yourself the time & energy.thx)+
Bernie has largely done the following:
-hit copy/paste from his 2016 (ok, lifetime) speeches
-added more campaign staff of color
+
But he still is not connecting the dots, and in order to make a strong and convincing argument, you absolutely must a) include evidence, and b) (most importantly) show how that evidence *links back to your thesis*
This is basic,folks. essays just list & don’t link get Cs, not As+
I voted for him in 2016 bc i connected the dots myself, but as we all argued in 2016 abt clinton: it’s technically the candidate’s job to convince u that voting for them is worth it, not the other way around. This shld apply to bernie too.+
In order to get more voters of color, esp blk voters, he has to show links btwn economic inequality, which blk ppl face disproportionately, and issues that have largely been framed as solely “racial” (when they are, in actuality, based on both class and race)+
so instead of just dropping in a cursory line about criminal justice reform,& that being the primary mention of black ppl in his speech,he cld be linking that other things blk ppl disproportionately face+
for example: housing & job discrimination work together not only to keep black ppl poor, but to keep them in the worst neighborhoods where they have access to the fewest resources & often experience dangerous environmental factors. these neighborhoods are then targeted by police+
(of course, black ppl in wealthier neighborhoods are targeted under the assumption that they "don't belong." but the prospect of being targeted by police & the contact ending in violence if not death is even greater for poor black ppl)+
(this is bc the police are ALWAYS in poor neighborhoods, as the "occupying army" comparison goes, and this absolutely puts poor black ppl at EVEN GREATER risk of having to interact with the police)+
add to this: cars that are in disrepair, lacking proper tags, etc AND driven by black ppl, are targets by police, but in order to keep your car up to date on these fronts costs money...etc etc etc. see how this stuff is linked?
so when bernie was asked the other day on the breakfast club about having worked on any legislation that was focused on black ppl, he paused and did not have a very good answer. it took him a minute and he came around, but what he should have done immediately is connected dots+
an answer to a question like that would sound smthg like this: in the US,black ppl are kept poor on purpose. we have institutions & systems in place that hv targeted them since inception (give examples). so when i support legislation related to poverty,i'm working to fight this+
some blk ppl do better economically, but they still must navigate systems that work against them & want to put a cap on how much they can truly succeed. could i hv done even more? absolutely. & here's what i am doing going fwd to make sure those programs are better administered+
then give hard examples of how universal programs you are proposing have failsafes (and if you don't have them, u need to be freaking thinking about this) to counter likely forms of discrimination in application (which has been a problem in the past).+
this is not rocket science. these are just a few small examples,but my point is that a combination of classism + racism (+ misogyny + lgbtantagonism etc) affect black ppl all at once. these links hv to be properly drawn to make a more convincing argument & for ppl to hear you
OH and to add: i think older blk women in the south pose a particular challenge for bernie, and his campaign has not done enough to make inroads with them that could easily be made. these issues directly affect their families and have directly affect them too. +
my grandmother, for example, was a housewife and then started working when deindustrialization where i am from (which hit black men very hard) affected my grandfather. she and several of her women colleagues were deeply involved in union organizing. +
will many older black women likely vote for kamala? 100%
but that doesn't mean bernie should not at least TRY to do more to connect w/older southern black women voters on the issues that affect them (soc security,retirement, healthcare, job protections as many STILL work)
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