The movement for black news, media & tech lost a donor yesterday because I did not share her enthusiasm about Bernie Sanders. To her, the fact that I am not feeling the bern trumps us controlling our own images & narratives. Trumps us having platforms where we can discuss pressing issues without being under the watchful glance of big brother or be labeled black identity extremists. Trumps the creation of our own FB, Twitter and Youtube.
In her eyes what Bernie is offering trumps the debt owed for hundreds of years of black oppression from slavery to Jim Crow… debt owed to our ancestors who paid with their blood, sweat and tears, even their lives. Triggered to respond emotionally because I won’t dismiss all that to embrace kumbaya politics and be satisfied with Bernie is promising everybody.
Why would I? Bernie hasn’t delivered any of those things in his homestate despite being in political office for decades. Even if he did, Trump already showed us how easy a diff administration can undo those gains… Give up the debt that is owed for a ‘maybe’ or temporary fix? Who does that?
Why should black people settle when we can get everything he’s offering AND what is owed by leveraging our votes/nonvotes and weaponizing our politics, talents and dollars?