Bernie blew it.
He tends to do this.
He blew it when he was asked about Palestinians being slaughtered by Israel. He becomes huffy and arrogant instead of LISTENING and then being the supportive person he later insists he is.
I’ve read the stuff released by Bernie-ites about his supposedly fantastic civil rights history. Most of the things listed have nothing to do with battling structural racism against Black Lives now. They are either ancient marching in the 60s, economic votes along the lines of his focus on class warfare (which is good) as if our racial injustice was simply and only a result of economic issues and not structural racism, or supporting foreign aid to third world countries.
I’m not a Bernie-ite, but I think this whole thing is what Bernie needed in this race. He has been thrilling the older, white, progressive element of the Democratic Party that is so connected to it they can’t conceive of leaving it. For them Bernie is a thrill and a hope. But you can’t win primaries with just them. He needs to also reach Black Democrats and this thing may be a wake up call for him. He is now starting to sound like someone who thinks racial problems are not just the result of economic issues favoring the elite, but also due to structural racism, which needs to be addressed as distinct and separate issue. If he can really get that message down he might be able to really challenge Hillary.
But back to my idea that he blew it. He had an opportunity to turn things around right then and there on stage and he blew it.
What should he have done?
Instead of trying to talk over the people chanting “Black Lives Matter” he should have joined them. Not scream it, after all he had a microphone, but just join them. He should have got the whole place joining them. He should then have thanked them for this important message. He should have let one of them speak and then promised his commitment to racial justice. Only then should he have pointed out his record of support.
But he blew it.
Whether this was a set up by the Clinton campaign or not is irrelevant. Bernie blew it.
But maybe he still can turn this around.
Although I’m a Green and supporting Jill Stein in my party’s race, I do hope Bernie knocks out Hillary. I detest that woman with her Neo-Liberal and Neo-Con ways and her arrogance that she can spout a few leftist slogans while she has no intention to act according to them, all with a wink and a nod to the church of the savvy. I’d love to see her defeated again.