While the Republican side of the aisle tears itself apart over the antics of Donald Trump, the Democrats continue to spout pure racism in public. Last night, Senator Bernie Sanders (Socialist-Loonbagia), asked about his racial “blind spot” by CNN’s Don Lemon, explained, “When you are white, you don’t know what it’s like to be living in a ghetto, you don’t know what it’s like to be poor, you don’t know what it’s like to be hassled when you are walking down a street or dragged out of a car. We must be firm in making it clear that we will end institutional racism and reform a broken criminal justice system.”
Naturally, racists like riot-defender Deray McKesson celebrated Sanders’ laughably false answer on Twitter:
Besides Bernie's comment about "living in the ghetto," I thought his answer re: white privilege was solid. #DemDebate— deray mckesson (@deray) March 7, 2016
Donald Trump’s appeal to a certain base of the white vote is a direct response to this sort of asininity from Democrats like Sanders. Fully 40.2 percent of food stamp recipients are white, while 25.7 percent are black. While black people have a higher per capita poverty rate than white people, there are more whites living below the poverty line than blacks. Over 55 percent of black children live outside areas with concentrated poverty. And the single greatest predictor of poverty isn’t race, it’s single motherhood: according to a 2014 Harvard study, “the strongest and most robust predictor [of economic mobility] is the fraction of children with single parents.” That percentage has risen dramatically for American blacks, from less than 20 percent of black children born to single mothers in the 1950s to well above 70 percent now.
No word from Sanders on why this has anything to do with a three-fold increase in institutional racism in the post-Civil Rights Era period.
But none of that matters: Bernie panders because Bernie knows that his prospects of a nomination ride on cracking the voting block of black Americans who have been told they are perennial victims of a racist American society.