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King Writes: "Today - on what happens to be Dr. King's birthday - I am proud to endorse the presidential candidate who I believe most embodies the values and ideals of the man who scared the hell out of the American government and was assassinated in 1968 after so bravely fighting against the Vietnam War and for income equality."

Bernie Sanders shakes hands with supporters during a rally at Hec Ed Pavilion that drew an estimated 15,000 people to the University of Washington. The rally filled the arena and left thousands outside. (photo: Joshua Trujillo/seattlepi.com)
Bernie Sanders shakes hands with supporters during a rally at Hec Ed Pavilion that drew an estimated 15,000 people to the University of Washington. The rally filled the arena and left thousands outside. (photo: Joshua Trujillo/seattlepi.com)


Why Bernie Sanders Is the Best Candidate in the Running for the White House

By Shaun King, New York Daily News

16 January 16

 

oday — on what happens to be Dr. King's birthday — I am proud to endorse the presidential candidate who I believe most embodies the values and ideals of the man who scared the hell out of the American government and was assassinated in 1968 after so bravely fighting against the Vietnam War and for income equality.

As a general rule, I don't trust many politicians, but I trust Bernie Sanders — the man walks the walk and talks the talk. He is, without a doubt, the most consistent politician in America and has been fighting for universal health care, access to education, equal pay, equal rights and the complete overhaul of how we do justice in this country for his entire career. I dig it.

Twelve months ago, I'll be honest with you, I could fit all I knew about Sanders into a few sentences. It went something like this:

“Hey Shaun, what do you know about Bernie Sanders?”

"The senator in Vermont? The disheveled dude? He's the real deal. Not in it for the money. Heard him on TV a few times kicking knowledge about income inequality and he was the truth. I keep hearing that he's a socialist."

That's it. That's pretty much everything I knew about the man.

I didn't know he was born and raised in Brooklyn.

I didn't know anything about his volunteer work in the 1960s during the Civil Rights Movement.

I didn't know he was one of only two current senators to attend the March on Washington.

I didn't know anything about his eight years as mayor of Burlington.

I didn't know that he went against the Democratic establishment and endorsed Jesse Jackson for President in 1984 and 1988.

Jackson actually won Vermont in ’88 with Bernie's help.

I didn't know he is the longest serving Independent congressman in American history.

I didn't know he bravely voted against the Defense of Marriage Act when such a thing was actually controversial.

I didn't know he voted against both wars in Iraq.

Now I know.

But even more than who he has been over the past few decades, it's who Sanders is right now, at this pivotal moment in our country, that hooked me. It wasn't love at first sight, either.

When women from the Black Lives Matter movement interrupted his campaign speeches and demanded he not only acknowledge state violence against black bodies, but that he also needed to have strong policy positions on the issue, I was all for it. At the time, thousands of liberal white folks were irritated to no end when they saw the demonstration.

Looking back on it, I truly think it was the most important moment of his campaign. He took the brave interruption to heart. Instead of simply saying "Black Lives Matter" here and there, he released the most comprehensive, thorough, specific plan of any candidate on either side to address police brutality, economic inequality, voting rights, education, health care, gun safety and more.

It shocked me, actually. I had grown used to politicians shrugging off the pain and pleas of black folks and just assuming we'd vote for them anyway. Bernie didn't do anything like that.

Here hired Symone Sanders, a black woman who has fought for juvenile justice issues her whole life, not as his juvenile justice liaison, but as his national press secretary.

He hired one of the most respected immigration activists in the country, Erika Andiola, to not only connect with Latino voters, but to also shape his campaign on immigration issues.

Those two moves meant everything to me, but three separate moments hooked me once and for all, and got me feeling the Bern.

  1. Police and political corruption in Chicago is a horrific mess. With both Hillary (and Obama) having deep ties to the city and its mayor, Rahm Emanuel, they have both been rather mum about it. Bernie, on the other hand, came out strong on how leaders at the highest level need to be held accountable there. This is what it's going to take to address police violence in America.

  2. No presidential candidate has been as clear on what happened to Sandra Bland as Bernie. In addition to meeting with her mother, he came out in December and flat out said “Sandra Bland should not have died while in police custody. There's no doubt in my mind that she, like too many African-Americans who die in police custody, would be alive today if she were a white woman.” He gets it. Race is not a coincidental factor in police violence, but is a central, determining factor in much of the brutality. This must be acknowledged and Bernie has done so repeatedly.

  3. Killer Mike endorsing and campaigning for Bernie actually really matters to me. Hip hop is my heart. I grew up as a hip hop DJ, my best friend is a popular rapper, and I'm a Killer Mike fan. I'm also a Jay-Z and Kanye fan as well, but Killer Mike is more like an activist who raps than a rapper who cares about the world on the side. He's not even the type of dude to endorse politicians.

Killer Mike may be the most anti-authority rapper in the game. When he endorsed Bernie with such passion and clarity, I listened and believed him.

To be clear, I'm in this to win and Bernie Sanders can win this race.

He is leading in the polls in Iowa and New Hampshire. That's not a fluke. He worked for that. People in those states believe in Bernie.

He is beating every single Republican candidate in head-to-head polls, often at margins even wider than Hillary, and he has the most enthusiastic base of any candidate on either side. He has the biggest crowds, the most love online AND the most support of any candidate from voters (of all races) under 45.

He's raising more small donations from regular people than anybody in the race. He hasn't been bought by corporate interests and never will be.

While he campaigns against for-profit prisons, Hillary Clinton received money from their lobbyists. She didn't stop taking their money until October.

We live in a time when we don't need marginal improvements, we need big changes. Bernie is the right candidate at the right time to bring them.

I believe in him, I believe in his team and I believe he can win.

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+40 # tswhiskers 2016-01-16 10:54
Thank you. It's the word "consistency" that I've been looking for to describe Bernie's stands on nearly every issue. My only concern now is the fact that he calls himself a "socialist", when he does NOT fit the classic definition of a socialist. I would not put it past Reps. to accuse him of being a Communist if he gains the nomination. If he DOES get the nomination, he had better DEFINE himself thoroughly and unquestionably to the public. The Reps. would probably lie about him in any case; nevertheless, all of us need to know, as precisely as possible, what he means by the word "socialist".
 
 
+9 # Inspired Citizen 2016-01-16 14:03
Quoting tswhiskers:
I would not put it past Reps. to accuse him of being a Communist if he gains the nomination.


Glenn Beck, of course, already has.

Bernie's biggest problem is not the Republicans; it's the Dem. Party establishment. His supporters and provide Convention insurance against corrupt super delegates by taking the Bernie or bust pledge here:

http://wp.me/p6itlU-74
 
 
+48 # tedrey 2016-01-16 10:54
Thanks, Shaun. Bernie won't let you down . . . and we won't let you and Bernie down.
 
 
+54 # tanis 2016-01-16 11:10
'Socialist' is a word that changes with the times. My grandfather was a socialist in the Ukraine. He moved to England and called himself a socialist. He then moved to Canada on his way to Philadelphia and no more was said about politics. My father voted for a socialist 4 times, Norman Thomas. Thomas was a minister and a socialist in "theory". My father was a registered democrat. My mother voted for Henry Wallace when he ran, but both parents wept when FDR died. I am for Bernie, the first candidate I actually believe when he speaks. This has nothing to do with the term 'socialist'. The country is in trouble and he seems to have some real solutions. He is not like others whose language is polished to appeal to the masses. To me he speaks truth.
 
 
+6 # tswhiskers 2016-01-16 11:50
Your reply is another reason why Bernie needs to define himself unambiguously. I think of him as a liberal Democrat. That designation alone would make him fodder for Rep. talking heads. So I want Bernie's definition of his own "socialism".
 
 
+12 # warrior woman 2016-01-16 11:36
A reminder as well, another article on this site today said Bernie does not have the backing of people of color. I can not answer it and am looking for that answer. Is this another MSM lie? Like the one that says he's not electable? I saw the interview with Killer Mike, is this the start or are we down the road where POC know him? I hope so, he's our real hope.
 
 
+26 # nancyw 2016-01-16 12:28
Many of my friends are people of color as I am and we are all Bernie voters. Go Bernie!
 
 
+29 # reiverpacific 2016-01-16 12:13
"I didn't know that he went against the Democratic establishment and endorsed Jesse Jackson for President in 1984 and 1988." (quote).
There it is right there.
And he's STILL fighting the "Democratic Establishment" -a.k.a. Blue Dawg, with but a few exceptions, and it's pet candidate-selec t, who is anything but populist, whereas Bernie Sanders has lived the life of a wobbly-activist very much in the Eugene Debs mold, with his own twist on the current sad state of the Union.
His so-called "Liberal" opponents obviously don't know any of this either, or they'd be deserting Clinton like rats from a sinkin' ship!
 
 
+28 # PABLO DIABLO 2016-01-16 12:46
VOTE and get your friends to vote for BERNIE. He may be our last chance.
 
 
+10 # diamondmarge7 2016-01-16 14:18
As a fervent, devoted BERNIE activist since he first came to South Carolina almost a year ago, I passionately want to see Shaun King & Killer Mike join Dr. Cornel West here in SC --I'll be phone banking to Iowa and NH for BERNIE. What's needed now is for great Black folks to beat the band here before the SC primary in February. Everybody else:www.citize nsagainstplutoc racy.org NOW!Take the Pledge to write in BERNIE or go GREEN. For me,I wouldn't vote for Hillary at all--despite DWSchultz doing her damndest to hold down the DNC scales w/her bigfatthumb for her pal Shillary. Scheduling debates @ anytime she thought NOBODY would be watching & other shenanigans! Take the pledge www.citizensagainstplutocracy.org NOW, folks!
 
 
+9 # djnova50 2016-01-16 15:35
If you do a web search, "how does Bernie Sanders define Democratic Socialism" you will probably find many results of him explaining what it means to him.
 
 
+24 # CL38 2016-01-16 15:56
Bernie is the 'real'' deal voters have been pining for for decades.

Volunteer. Contribute. Help him/us win.
 
 
-5 # independentreporter 2016-01-16 21:58
Let's put Hillary Clinton out of her misery---FACT: She can't win. The reich wing will NEVER allow any woman who has had abortion(s) to be president. Let's get this out in the open. Google "Abortion doctor says Hillary Clinton was his patient". Let's get it out there now, not after the nomination which HRC could win. THEN they would crucify her. Let's take the wind from their sails NOW.
 
 
+6 # SusanT136 2016-01-17 08:47
A majority of Americans support pro-choice rights. I think this smear tactic will backfire and create a lot of sympathy for HRC. I wish Bernie supporters would stop talking about it. There are plenty of policy reasons to oppose HRC. I, and many others I'm sure, find it repulsive to go after such a personal issue.
 
 
-3 # newjerseyboy 2016-01-17 07:27
Yes Bernie.
But to be electable , he has to quit the Democratic party.They will not nominate him. just side line him.
He has to go independent. We're ready.
g.
 
 
+3 # Candie 2016-01-17 22:05
Bernie has already has the backing of Move On.
 
 
+1 # BoomerZoomer 2016-01-18 13:05
I keep waiting to hear how Bernie or Hillary are going to get their agendas implemented. It has been amazing to see how far President Obama has been able to push the huge boulders up the legislative hill with the "NO Legislature". Either Bernie or Hillary can be expected to experience even more legislative resistance. I want to hear Bernie clearly state that he needs us to all get out and vote for him, AND we need to get out and vote to re-balance the Senate and the House. WHEN is he going to start asking us all to vote in the needed changes to those two bodies?
 
 
0 # publictakeover 2016-01-19 10:59
Medicare for all!
 

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