It looks like Bernie Sanders’ campaign has already moved on in responding to Black Lives Matter. I probably should make it clear that the following is just my opinion.
On Saturday a group of people belonging to an organization called Black Lives Matter stormed into a Netroots Nation town meeting with the apparent aim of giving Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley heck. Then on Sunday and Monday, there were ‘thoughtful’ articles asking whether Bernie Sanders can win over the black vote. Black lives do matter, but in my opinion this story doesn’t add up. Why the hostility?
There were black people at the rally. They weren’t storming around. They were listening, like everyone else. On the way out I asked a young black woman what she thought of the rally. She said she liked his ideas. She had thought she might vote for Hilary but she was reconsidering.
When Senator Sanders appeared on stage on Saturday night he was obviously amazed at the size of the crowd.
“Somebody told me Arizona is a conservative state. Somebody told me the people here have given up on the political process. That’s not what I see here tonight. There’s nothing we can’t accomplish in transforming America!”
The thing is, the people who told him that Arizona is a conservative state were right. In certain circles Arizona is conservative. However, the conservatives were not there on Saturday night. Either that or they couldn’t make themselves heard over the cheering, because more than eleven thousand people liked what they heard. Here’s the rally from my point of view.