Knife wrote: ↑
What are you talking about? The very first few sentences of the audio was the reporter putting a nice spin on it in it's 'race oriented' and Sanders interjecting that they should call it what it is, racism. First thing.
He was talking about the campaigns against Gillum and Abrams. Nobody said he never calls out racism no matter how blatant and in your face.
And it's not a charitable view, it's what he said, you know, maybe we should try to lure some of the people who just don't think about stupid racist things they do.
He did not. You might be able to divine that from what he said, but it sounded to me more like “those people will eventually get over this behavior” without really specifying how
. His comments on racist voters in that audio don’t say a damn thing about that being a strategy. They, in fact, match what was quoted in TFA.
It will take time but might be worth the effort.
I don’t doubt that it might be worth courting the less racist folks. But Sanders didn’t say that, exactly, and if that is what he was doing he was still being an idiot. Absolving racists of racism is not going to make them less racist. You might want to avoid bringing their racism up where you can, but you don’t want to pretend it doesn’t exist. That is what Sanders did, and it’s not surprising because it’s broadly in keeping with how he approaches race-related situations more generally. Which is to say like an 80 year old white man who seems like he means well but doesn’t really get it.
Did you listen to the audio?
Yes. Did you? Because I didn’t hear anything which changed my criticism a single bit. I didn’t hear him not
saying that the people who didn’t vote for a black person on account of their race weren’t necessarily racist. I didn’t hear him do anything wrt those folks but absolve them of their racism.
I heard him refuse to let the reporter pussyfoot around saying the that the organized campaign to defeat the black candidates by being explicitly racist was racist. And that’s not nothing, but it’s also not really related to the criticism.
You’re jumbling his criticism of Republican opponents and their allies with his explicit refusal to criticize white racists he either doesn’t see as racists or is trying to court in 2020.
I had a Bill Maher quote here. But fuck him for his white privelegy "joke".
All the rest? Too long.