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@SenSanders You’ve Lost My Vote

July 28, 2015

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.

I shouldn't have to keep explaining this.

I shouldn’t have to keep explaining this.

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.

Do better.

Be better.

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.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 28, 2015 9:26 PM

    Go forward toward who? I agree with you that Bernie doesn’t entirely get it yet, but who among those running does? Is Hillary better on issues of income inequality and the pervasive unfairness of our society in general? I don’t think so.

    • July 29, 2015 5:57 PM

      If he is just as bad as everyone else. Not voting for him will not impact my life at all. We will still be out here dying.

  2. July 28, 2015 9:50 PM

    I empathize for everything you stand for, however I implore you to see reason. I do not think anyone in the country quite knows how to fix the problem. All the various people of America need to come together and collaborate on how to begin to resolve these complex and life threatening issues. Even if you do not support Senator Sanders, the opposition is far worse. The other candidates do not care about human lives at all, of any color. They care about corporate greed. The answer is not Hilary Clinton of one of the many bought out republican candidates. I am sure we can all agree Trump does not care about any human rights clearly. The answer is communicating to an authentic politician the best way to go about this, and Senator Sanders is the only one available right now, unless another individual steps up to run. We all need to comunicate and understand eachother, and together form a solution.

    • July 29, 2015 5:56 PM

      I empathize for everything you stand for, however I implore you to see reason. I do not think anyone in the country quite knows how to fix the problem. All the various people of America need to come together and collaborate on how to begin to resolve these complex and life threatening issues.

      Black people, specifically the #BlackLivesMetter movement have been making it extremely clear and explicit exactly what Senator Sanders and everyone else can do to fix the problem. If he doesn’t know how to use the Google I’m positive he can get a staffer or an intern to do it for him. If he can’t figure out what he needs to do then it’s because he’s not listening. Which is the point I was making.

      Even if you do not support Senator Sanders, the opposition is far worse. The other candidates do not care about human lives at all, of any color.

      You should be ashamed of yourself for typing this. What is worse than standing in the street begging for our lives and being met with violence? What is worse than children being gunned down while playing, women being murdered for failing to signal while changing lanes, and young men being executed for complying with an officer? What is worse than the highest rate of death since the height of lynching in America? WHAT IS WORSE THAN RIGHT NOW?

      If the best you can come up with to persuade a Black person is “the others are worse, Bernie Sanders is going to lose because there is nothing worse than total indifference and active opposition to the simple assertion that our lives have value.

      • July 31, 2015 2:10 PM

        I am sorry if you misunderstood. I support and want to help in any way possible. I just fear if corporate supported politicians who are bought out get into power, the conditions will get far worse. Corporate greed is running a much throughout congress, and corporations have no empathy for anyone. The only language they speak is money and unfortunately Hilary Clinton, and all the republican candidates are bought and paid for. Perhaps another person should step forward and attempt to run with the interest of the people rather than corporations.

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