@SenSanders You’ve Lost My Vote
I gave you a chance. In truth, you were my first choice for a minute. Despite the fact that your “solutions: for the problems America is facing are really just wishes. OK, at best they are bullet points, but bullet points are not enough. Detail is a thing adult humans need in their future plans, especially when it comes to national level decisions.
But even the lack of detail wasn’t enough to turn me away from the possibility of voting for you entirely. I was willing to give you an opportunity to add more detail over time because you seemed to be invested in improving things for Americans who need help..
So what finally pushed me over the edge into the land of anyone-but-Bernie? You have proved yourself to be nothing more than another White Progressive™ who is more interested in the sound of your own voice than the voice of the people you pretend to want to serve.
Yeah, my people are dying in the streets. I don’t have time to sugar coat this for you.
Don’t say things like “I’m not dismissive of #Black Lives Matter,” because you have been and you are still. The way that you know that you are is that we, the activists on the front lines and the people you are trying to convince to vote for you are fucking telling you that you are.
That means that you are failing to convey whatever message you are trying to get across to the Black community and are, instead, coming across as dismissive.
That’s a failure on your part. Fix it.
When we say words and you directly contradict those words while only negligibly changing your message and your behavior, you’re simply making it clear that you’re another pompous White Progressive™ who isn’t able to listen to Black people.
Guess what? We’re not going to vote for yet another White Progressive who wants to talk and not listen. We’ve had that for most of our lives in various forms and in various positions and we’re still dying in the streets.
Stop with the insistence in linking economic inequality with racism as if the problem is money and not the fact that the nation you want to run was founded on the idea that we are not human beings.
Stop with the conceit that giving Black folx jobs will magically cure or overcome or impact racism in any way.
The president has what is arguably the prestigious job in the country, you should be aware of that if you want to take that job on.
He gets called nigger every day.
Sandra Bland was on her way to becoming a professor.
She is dead.
I could make you a list of people who were employed and were murdered by the authorities in this nation you want to lead but frankly you’ve got enough in your campaign war chest that you should be able to pay someone to do it for you.
Economic inequality in the Black community comes as a direct result of racism and improving the economy doesn’t make a difference. So the rising tide that you imagine will raise all boats will only impact only those boats that carry white people.
The rest of us will drowning and still Black.
But all is not entirely lost. You still have an opportunity to fix the massive failures you’ve been repeating thus far.
Acknowledge the cancer at the center of our nation and then come up with some ideas on how to fix it that don’t involve ideas which have already been proven not to have an impact, fiction or, you know, magic or something.
It’s not enough to have one of your staff write a tweet that mangles a hashtag.
It’s not enough to fold this issue into your stump speech as if it isn’t nuanced and complex.
It’s not enough to talk. You need to learn to listen.
In short Senator, get your shit together.
Earn this vote or lose. You can’t reach the White House without us and we are more than willing to go forward without you.