I am glad to read this article...thank you so much, Ms. Garner. I do understand why Black people might be reluctant to trust (yet again!) another white guy.
Bill Clinton may, to some, have been "our 1st Black president", but he turned out to be just somebody who could make folks feel understood while putting 100,000 new cops on the streets and sending our jobs across the border, as well as overseas.
Having Obama actually being our first Black president has meant being understood in ways rarely seen in national politics...the Beer Summit, his comments about Trayvon Martin being a young man who "could have been my son"...as weak as these gestures and words were, again, making folks feel understood. This feeling of being moved, being understood is so rare, so fleeting, as a progressive, as an anti-racist, as a fighter for LGBT rights...it does feel way too good to have words of understanding.
Bernie seems like the guy you want to be your public attorney when you end up in jail. A guy with wild hair, a rumpled suit and a briefcase with papers flying out of it as he rushes through the marbled halls. Maybe this New Yorker turned Yankee has the spit and vinegar to get done the things that actually make things better, rather than just words making us feel understood.
I am so sorry for the senseless, needless loss of your father. Thank you for speaking out and fighting for the changes that might make such a tragedy less possible, and more punishable.