Like Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders has a habit of opening his mouth, and stupid, racist shit sometimes comes out. Not as often as with Biden, but MORE alarming because, as his Bros like to tout . . . “HE MARCHED WITH MLK!!@@!!@#$^*(^$!!!!”
Did he, now? I hadn’t heard!
But, if that’s the case, why is he SO FUCKING BAD at wooing or even just, y’know, being a fucking human being to “The Blacks”?
I think I have an idea about that. Pull up a chair.
Another cadged bit of a FB post, to which I replied, referenced the incident. The comment in its entirety was as follows:
Obviously he meant what he said as in the system is fucked up and because the kid is black, was more likely to be shot in the back of the head over any little thing perceived as disrespect.
Well, let’s re-examine what Sanders actually said, in response to a young black person who asked for advice on how to deal with police as a young black person:
“I would respect what they are doing so that you don’t get shot in the back of the head, but I would also be very mindful of the fact that as a nation, we have got to hold police officers accountable for the actions that they commit.” And then: “I would be very cautious if you were my son in terms of dealing with that police officer, but I would also defend my rights and know my rights and make sure if possible that police officer’s camera is on what goes on.”
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Although, I don’t think Reboot!Marsha conveys what I’m thinking and feeling adequately — bless HER heart, too.
I need Ms. Jenifer Lewis on this one. And the divine Ms. Lewis sez:
Yeah. That’s more like it. Closer. Blacker. But is it . . . enough?
Wow, Bernie. Just . . . WOW.
THAT nigga should’ve lead with the second part of the quote, and not said that FIRST PART AT ALL.
BUT. . . .
My response to my well-meaning friend — who is white, of course, and I’m not saying it as an aspersion, but to give context to that statement. Racially-based naivete is REAL. It shouldn’t exist in this day and age, after EVERYTHING, but it does. And waking up is an endless process and it can’t be done in huge gulps all the time. And maybe Black folks have been TOO patient, for TOO LONG, but the only alternative isn’t one this country wants. It really, really doesn’t.
In the name of that patience and willingness to, for however long, be a Magical Negro to a white friend, one whom I value, and in whose goodness and effort and allyship I strongly believe . . . here’s some insight on why a lot of Black folks don’t trust Sanders and would only vote for him if he took the primary, and the other choice was Trump, or not voting:
Word choice matters, though, and he’s too goddamn old — and has marched with the Civil Rights Movement — to be saying stupid fucking shit like he habitually does. Biden’s bullshit was no better — was, in fact, pandering and gross and lacking in substance or solution, even a temporary one.
But more of this shit from Sanders has had me HOT since I heard about it. (Bear in mind the anger probably bleeding through this reply is NOT at you, but at Sanders and the untenable situation Blacks and minorities have ALWAYS been in since wresting our rights to vote from the hands of the country that was built off our sweat, blood, torture, and deaths. Having to choose from a bunch of turd sandwiches and douches for leader of the free world).
“Respect” or a lack thereof isn’t an excuse for cops to treat Black people the way they do. Sanders using that word, even as a misstep — is unacceptable. THIS is one of some huge reasons a lot of POCs, especially Black people, DO NOT trust him, and his white-washing of class issues, and insistence on divorcing the race aspect from class struggles, and vice versa. And the majority of us WILL NOT vote for him unless the ONLY other choice is Trump. Sanders is TOO DAMN old, and if he doesn’t get it by now that Black people are human and deserve to be spoken to, spoken of, and treated as such, and if he can’t do better than this repeating, TONE-DEAF shit, then he’ll lose this primary, too, and deservedly.
Whatever may be “obvious,” word choice and tone MATTER. And some ancient white guy who will NEVER understand this travesty from the INSIDE, and who has NO SKIN in this fatal game — his participation in the CRM was VOLUNTARY, not a matter of HIS LIFE OR DEATH, nor that of his family and close friends — offending people and HURTING THEM with his tone-deaf bullshit is . . . unacceptable. Absolutely fucking unacceptable. If this is the best he can do when speaking to people and people of color, then he’s not the right person to be leading this country and the Free World ANYWHERE. And the mindset his “Bros” have adopted of, “give the minorities and women any sop or bit of free-stuff, be it medicare or erased debt, and they’ll follow you anywhere,” is so much horseshit.
And Sanders should have figured that out by now, and if he hasn’t . . . again, he’s not the right person for the job. NONE of the primarying Dems are, but Sanders stans need to chill-the-fuck-out on acting like he has vastly more ethical high-ground than he actually does. And what ground he DOESN’T have is — at least from a Black perspective (MANY OF THEM) — because of his own inept mouth, betraying what he likely REALLY thinks. Much like Joe Biden. These slips aren’t slips of the tongue, they’re unwitting honesty. THAT’S how they’re seen and that’s why so many Black people and other minorities won’t back Sanders. We can’t even be sure he recognizes that we’re people, and HE’S NOT EVEN SAVVY ENOUGH TO HIDE IT.
Of the Squad, Ayanna Pressley is the only one who hasn’t pledged her support to Sanders and though I don’t care for her takes on foreign policy (namely her blank check-support of a legitimized apartheid state), on Sanders, she has the right of it, keeping her distance. In all honesty, I’d been planning to bite the bullet and vote for him if he took the primary — he seemed to suck LEAST of all of them — but now . . . I’m done. The only vote I have left to invest in this system is “no confidence.” I have no interest in validating and giving it any more legitimacy than it’s stolen and watered with the blood and disenfranchisement of the powerless, some of whom were my direct ancestors and would be my direct scions, had I not decided I would NEVER bring a child into this cruelty and insanity.
This “respect” incident was the final straw — not the worst, just the last one my conscience would let me tolerate and try to look past. Sanders doesn’t even think that, after hundreds of years of surviving them, BLACK PEOPLE, even kids, don’t know and learn how to keep slave patrols, and THEIR direct ideological descendants mollified enough to survive MOST interactions with them.
Sanders doesn’t even get that BLACK FOLKS KNOW, really well, how to tender a CONVINCING, “Yas, massah,” without his useless hot-take on our levels of respect (I learned how to do THAT at an earlier age than Sanders learned to do long division, thanks, and I probably do it more often). He and his stans didn’t even recognize that the question put to him had been a chance to say something substantive to court Black interests and maybe even Black votes. Something honest but capable of showing that he had plans to correct the wrongs WE NEED the next American President to have solid plans to correct (and if he really had no in-depth ideas or plans, after MARCHING WITH ML-MOTHERFUCKING-K, and all the supposed work he’s done for fifty years, he has NO BUSINESS in an American presidential primary).
Fuck him for his presumption, his condescension, and for not thinking we’re people enough, cognizant and conscientious enough, that he should speak carefully and deliberately, instead of just spewing any ol’ verbal diarrhea. He KNOWS he has to do better on a LOT of fronts, including the racial one (gender and sexual harassment issues dog his campaign, too) and chooses not to. So, fuck him. The rest of the primary, as well, but . . . fuck Sanders, too.
So, yeah. AM I as hot about this as I indicated in the above reply?
And to anyone reading this, don’t call it “Black Rage,” as if ANY HUMAN of ANY COLOR wouldn’t be outraged if, like all BLACK FOLKS WORLDWIDE have gone through, some elderly shmuck who all-but REFUSES to see or acknowledge race unless beat over the head, said some shit like this to them. ANY RACE, ETHNICITY, MINORITY, WHATEVER — HUMANS would be madder than a wet hen in a small barrel. So, don’t play and don’t lie, because I’m not the one, today.
My thoughts on America and its government, and all the “REAL Americans” cheering on the white supremacist bullshit this country was built on — and soaked in, that allowed for the dehumanization of humans, as well as their torture, death, disenfranchisement, and subjugation for CENTURIES, and which is still going on, today, in a much mutated form — wittingly or un, can be summed up in one gif:
White supremacy makes me tired and depressed. AMERICA makes me tired and depressed. LIFE, as lived by brown and black people the world-over, makes me tired and depressed.
All the difficult, repetitive, ugly, soul-wrenching, heart-breaking, LONG work ahead, needing to be done even as we and our children are cut down in the streets by latter day slave patrols makes me — even as we tend to our wounded and mourn our martyred . . . makes me. . . .
Definitely not one of the “safe ones.”
As I’ve said before over the past couple years . . . there’s a right side to history and to the righteous rage of the downtrodden. For anyone on the opposing side of the downtrodden . . . NONE OF US, NONE OF THOSE YOU STEP ON, are “safe ones.” Not a damn one.
Choose your colors carefully and don’t expect do-overs.