#BernieSoBlack: Sanders’ Supporters Tout His Civil Rights Record, #BlackTwitter Cracks Jokes
After presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) was shut down by Black Lives Matter activists at Netroots Nation yesterday, progressives used the #BernieSoBlack hashtag to debate his storied civil rights legacy on Twitter.
Sanders has a long history of progressive politics in his home state of Virginia, including his stances of healthcare and affordable housing, but problematic stances on Israel and gun control — and suspicions that he’s being used as a sheepdog candidate to herd radical activists back into the fold of the Democratic Party — have some people expressing ambivalence about him.
This split among progressives came to a head on social media this afternoon and the hashtag #BernieSoBlack was born.
See a view of the funniest below:
#BernieSoBlack he NEVER forgot about Dre.