Shortly after Mike Brown was killed, I went to Ferguson. As soon as I to Florissant Rd. folks asked me to help unload a truck filled with food, water, etc. where people could come and get it.
A few years ago, I did a story about a third-world hookworm epidemic in Lowndes County, Ala. theroot.com/lowndes-county…
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But what they didn't know is that a local councilwoman had already arranged lawyers and bail for anyone who was arrested
Unlike someone who live in blue and progressive areas, their lives depend on politics. It's why I've found black Southern black voters are more educated on the issues than any other group.
Here is an example:
1 woman told me that Bernie is too "obsessed" with M4A. She believes he'll sell anything out to get it done. Then she shocked the f*ck out of me by explaining something I had never heard of.
Turns out, she was retired from a medical company
"I want to eat anything I want withoutt gaining weight. But it won't happen. The way he [Bernie] has it, it will never happen. Ever. I like the public option more."
Back to the original point.
A lot of these people pay a lot of attention to politics. You can criticize them but you can't say they are uninformed.
"He ain't no Democrat."
And they're right. He has not only criticized the party (God knows I have) but he has denigrated "the establishment" and distanced himself from people like Jim Clyburn and John Lewis.
Those people see that. And to them, Bernie is just another progressive white man with great-sounding "ideas."
Neither has Sanders. For a lot of them, NO white person has ever had their best interest at heart.
That D" beside his name.
To them, that's the "establishment" they trust.
They all they got