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Tue Mar 29, 2016, 09:03 AM

Please read NPR's "#BernieMadeMeWhite: No, Bernie Sanders Isn't Just Winning With White People"

I'm so weary of posts lumping extraordinary diverse groups of people with different values and various cultures into one bucket based on the pigmentation of their skin.

If you are tempted to post an analysis that depicts any racial group of people as a homogeneous pack who votes the same as other people who have the same skin pigmentation, please first read NPR's #BernieMadeMeWhite: No, Bernie Sanders Isn't Just Winning With White People. Here is an excerpt:

On Sunday, after Bernie Sanders' commanding wins in the Alaska, Hawaii and Washington state Democratic presidential caucuses, Leslie Lee III, an American freelance writer living in Japan, tweeted, "I knew it. I knew if Bernie won Hawaii it would magically become a white state."

And then he tweeted again: "Ever since I voted for Bernie, I've been bingewatching Friends. #BernieMadeMeWhite."... Lee said he wrote that to contradict a narrative he sees playing out in the race for the Democratic nomination.

"There's always been these articles about how Bernie supporters are basically only white people," Lee told NPR.

He continued, "Me, myself, and many other POC, people of color, who support Bernie Sanders, feel like we don't get to be a part of the conversation. We get ignored. We get erased. It's assumed that the black vote, the Hispanic vote, and everyone is all behind Hillary Clinton and none of us really get Bernie Sanders or like Bernie Sanders."

So he decided to have fun with it. "Hey, if you're gonna ignore me as a black person, I might as well embrace my whiteness," Lee said. "I might as well start watching Friends, or enjoying pumpkin spice latte, or whatever. I just wanted to have a bit of fun with it while highlighting the serious issue."

Even lumping all "Hispanics" into one group is a fool's task. Cuban-Americans and Mexican-Americans and every other subgroup that falls within this over-inclusive "Hispanic" label ignores huge cultural differences that separate one subgroup from another (for example, the language that is primarily spoken within the household is a more meaningful voting-pattern distinction than any categorization that fails to recognize Cuban-Americans tend to vote based on issues which hold less significance for other voters within the broad Hispanic label). This is not a group that is consistently supporting either Hillary or Sanders.

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Reply Please read NPR's "#BernieMadeMeWhite: No, Bernie Sanders Isn't Just Winning With White People" (Original post)
Attorney in Texas Mar 2016 OP
Vote2016 Mar 2016 #1
dchill Mar 2016 #2
Punkingal Mar 2016 #3
jillan Mar 2016 #4
uponit7771 Mar 2016 #5
Attorney in Texas Mar 2016 #6

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Tue Mar 29, 2016, 09:21 AM

1. kick & rec

 

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Tue Mar 29, 2016, 09:26 AM

2. K&R

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Tue Mar 29, 2016, 10:11 AM

3. Kick

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Tue Mar 29, 2016, 10:28 AM

4. We also need a hashtag- Bernie made me young again.

Lol - us senior citizens keep laughing that we are being told only millennials vote for Bernie.
The only millennial I know that is voting for Bernie is my daughter.
Everyone else I know is over 40, with some of us being way over 40....

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Response to Attorney in Texas (Original post)

Tue Mar 29, 2016, 10:30 AM

5. Few if anyone said he was "just" winning with white people, whole hashtag is a strawman.

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Response to uponit7771 (Reply #5)

Tue Mar 29, 2016, 10:35 AM

6. Welcome to the General Discussion: Primaries forum (where much of the racial voter profiling comes

with a side order of antisemitism).

That is an argument you hear a lot here.

It is regrettable, and a large majority of supporters for both candidates reject racism and antisemitism, but this argument is heard in this forum more than should be tolerable in adult conversation.

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