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A key part of Sanders’ platform includes reforms that are designed to help minorities.
As president, Sanders has promised to institute reforms designed to improve race relations, improve social justice, end racially motivated discrimination, and help lift minorities, especially blacks, out of poverty.
Sanders has constantly attempted to win broader support from minority groups, but hasn’t succeeded.
Research by the New York Times earlier this year demonstrates that, although Sanders’ rallies in predominantly white areas have drawn huge audiences, his campaign has held almost no events in predominantly black and/or Latino areas.
Bernie has wide support among white liberal progressives, but support from racial minorities still proves elusive. In fact, earlier this year, several activists from the movement Black Lives Matter went to so far as to crash one of Sanders’ rallies.
Strangely enough, white progressives have been clamoring about the benefits of Sanders’ racial justice policies – but polls show that the very same minorities that those policies are supposedly designed to help haven’t been nearly as impressed.
Recent Gallup polls shed even more light on Bernie’s woes among minority voters. Only a third of black adults are familiar with Sanders. By contrast, Hillary Clinton, the current frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, enjoys wide name recognition among the same demographic (92% say they are familiar with her) and much higher support than Sanders.
This begs the question: if Sanders’ policies are so good for racial minorities, why are they all flocking to Clinton?
If Sanders’ policies will truly help the minority groups of America, why are whites, the largest ethnic group in our nation, the demographic that has ‘felt the bern’ more than any other?
Although Sanders is leading Clinton in the two early states of Iowa and New Hampshire, his polls dip significantly in later states, especially in states that hold their primaries on Super Tuesday (March 1, 2016). Super Tuesday states are mostly in the deep south, where African-Americans form a sizeable bloc of the Democratic electorate.
Analysts predict that Super Tuesday will probably decide the outcome of both the GOP and Democratic primaries, and will play a massive role in shaping the general election.
In fact, Obama won the 2008 Democratic primaries against Clinton only because he carried the African-American vote by huge margins. He was young, likeable, and most importantly for black voters, he had the same skin color.
In 2008, Obama was able to ride the Afro-American wave of support to primary victories throughout the deep south states. The same states are now planning a massive Super Tuesday set of primaries that Sanders is slated to lose to Hillary Clinton by double-digit margins.
In the present day, Sanders doesn’t have the same advantages that Obama used to maximum advantage in 2008. He’s old, looks somewhat disheveled at all times, and is a white liberal progressive.
Even if his policies are in fact better for minorities, the statistics just aren’t on his side.