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Wed Mar 2, 2016, 07:16 PM

"A real liberal revolution starts with communities of color," by kos [View all]

Definitely worth a read, in the light of discussions about this issue on DU.

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/3/2/1494621/-A-real-liberal-revolution-starts-with-communities-of-color

Excerpts:

Despite all of Bernie Sandersí laudable successes, heís been hamstrung by his consistent inability to make inroads in communities of color. It was the basis of my original ďdemographic ceilingĒ thesis, which I had pegged at 30 percent. He exceeded that, but getting to 38 percent is cold comfort to those who wanted to see a real movement blossom. And the early state results bear it out: You do not build a liberal movement by bringing together white people, then hoping that people of color come along for the ride. You start with those communities of color.

And as the early state results make clear, that never happened....

1) You donít try to impose your framing and issues on people who have different priorities....

2) You donít become resentful of other groups when they donít follow along. The ugliest part of this primary campaign has been the accusation that certain Democratic voters donít matter, especially since those voters being dismissed are disproportionately brown and black....

3) Everyone is on the same page from the beginning. Related to the above, I cringe every time I see a white progressive demanding that black or Latino voters explain their support for Hillary Clinton. Do you not realize how horrible that looks, and how offensive that is, that white people are demanding that people of color justify their choices? Itís beyond cringe-inducing. Itís deeply disturbing....

4) You will be more effective. Bottom line, no white-dominated liberal movement will succeed when 40 percent of Democrats are people of color. And people of color will be reluctant to join a movement led by little-known whites. History has made us justifiably suspicious of the Great White Savior. So building from the ground up, with full inclusion of people of color in leadership, will allow for a broad-based coalition that can have the numbers to topple the system. Because you know what, screaming at people of color about the oligarchy and corrupt Clinton really isnít doing anyone or any movement any favors.

So why am I harping on this? Because I want to build an effective movement, and the Sanders campaign didnít prove to be an effective vehicle for it. Yet the goal is one worth pursuing, so we need that movement.

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