Great event last night at the Sol Collective.
Report on Crisis in the Eurozone well received.
Eleven Theses on Bernie Sanders’ Campaign and Racial Justice
2. Politics is about trust and social relationships; issue-oriented speeches alone do not recruit constituencies. Bernie needs to engage in serious consultation with progressive activists of color who can vouch for him in their communities. Bernie has yet to appoint a person of color (or woman) to a senior staff position. Hillary Clinton’s staff, meanwhile, is consciously multi-racial and gender balanced.
11. Bernie is far better than Hillary on racial justice issues. But that message won’t get out there by (mostly white) Bernie supporters asserting this on social media. Bernie has to work with activists of color to introduce himself to communities to which he is a newcomer. And he must learn to articulate his politics in a way that speaks to many people of color’s visceral sense that while economic and racial oppression are intertwined, racism plays an, independent role in the daily forms of oppression and degradation that they face. That’s why #BlackLivesMatter.