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Can the Civil Rights Advocates explain this to me?

Updated on February 22, 2016

Sanders Arrested

A commitment to Civil Rights.

The Chicago Tribune discovered a photo of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders getting arrested by Chicago police at a 1963 civil-rights rally in the city. Another photo shows Sanders at the March on Washington. Sanders commitment to Civil Rights goes WAY back. Not so much with Hillary. At the same time, Hillary was a "Goldwater Girl". She worked on behalf of Goldwater but didn't vote for him. She was still in High School and too young to vote at that time. However if she worked for Goldwater's election it's pretty clear who she would have voted for. This is what MLK himself had to say about Goldwater in his autobiography.

In Chapter 23 of his autobiography, King writes this about the 1964 Republican National Convention:

"The Republican Party geared its appeal and program to racism, reaction, and extremism. All people of goodwill viewed with alarm and concern the frenzied wedding at the Cow Palace of the KKK with the radical right. The “best man” at this ceremony was a senator whose voting record, philosophy, and program were anathema to all the hard-won achievements of the past decade."

"On the urgent issue of civil rights, Senator Goldwater represented a philosophy that was morally indefensible and socially suicidal. While not himself a racist, Mr. Goldwater articulated a philosophy which gave aid and comfort to the racist. His candidacy and philosophy would serve as an umbrella under which extremists of all stripes would stand. In the light of these facts and because of my love for America, I had no alternative but to urge every Negro and white person of goodwill to vote against Mr. Goldwater and to withdraw support from any Republican candidate that did not publicly disassociate himself from Senator Goldwater and his philosophy."

I'm very curious as to why the African/American community is in such full support of Hillary and ignoring Sanders total commitment to Civil Rights throughout his career even dating back to his college days. It seems to be generational. Younger blacks are backing Sanders while the older established Civil Rights advocates such as Clyburne or John Lewis back Hillary. But why?? Sanders stood with you from the beginning. Not so with Hillary. Can somebody explain this to me? Hillary and I are the same age. We were in high school at the same time. I knew who Goldwater was. I knew who Martin Luther King Jr was. It appears that Bernie knew that too. Bernie was there from the start. Hillary always seems to come to an idea after it's been tested. She comes to Civil Rights as a 60's fashion statement. Not because she understood it from the start. Bernie opposed NAFTA, CAFTA, and the TPP. Hillary waits to see how it all lands and then comes on board. Bernie's been a union guy from the beginning. Hillary was wrong on Iraq, and then late to admit she was wrong. Bernie opposed it from the very beginning, So did I and I didn't have a seat in congress to see the intelligence reports. Anybody with a brain could see it was all a lie. Bernie wants to raise the minimum wage. He wants to bring about medicare for all.He wants free tuition to state universities. Literally everything that should matter to the African/ American community is what Sanders supports. And yet Hillary gets their vote. Why?

Sanders Arrested

Goldwater Girl


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    • Credence2 profile image


      2 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      I have asked that very question on a forum topic about how we as a group continue to ride the 'underground railroad'. A 'brother' who was pro-Hillary said that Clinton was in a position to deliver on the promise to follow the policies of President Obama.

      I asked him, how so? Why was Clinton expected to be any more successful with an obstructive GOP house and Senate majority than Obama has been?

      We are so notorious for misplaced loyalties and being led by the old civil rights establishment that have become just as entrenched and corrupt as 'the system' that Bernie is trying to eliminate. Exchanging favors, glad handing, promising politicians entire voting blocks as if we are going to vote based upon John Lewis recommendation. He is dated and racial landscape today is not the one of 1965. WE don't need the leaders to come lead up to an elusive promiseland, basically fighting for a tactical advantage in a system that is totally corrupt and incorrigible. It is futile and it never works. Blacks need to progressism is not just about race, as it is a subset of a larger problem that Bernie 'gets', while Clinton just wants to move the pea into another shell, as she is basically committed to the status quo with a tweak here or there, to placate the civilrights community.

      Believe me, I am disappointed and remain disappointed that our people are allowing politicians to play them like a fiddle and I blame the 'old guard' for all of it.

      realise that the adversaries that Bernie is coming after the objectives or exploited middle class, white l

    • adagio4639 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from Brattleboro Vermont

      I think you're right. I would hope so. But it does seem to me that the "old guard" is all in for Hillary. I don't exactly understand that commitment to the Clinton's when Sanders background illustrates without any doubt, where he stood on every issue important to the African/American community.

    • Michaela Osiecki profile image


      2 years ago from USA

      From what I've been hearing and reading, more PoC are rallying behind Sanders than Hillary. Most feminists would rather vote for Sanders than Hillary too.


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