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Sat Jun 27, 2015, 11:53 PM

73. You do know he was an organizer for SNCC

 

Obviously, Bernie wouldn't have joined that group if he on the side of all anti-oppression issues.

And he was always going to raise these issues as the campaign progressed. All that happened was that he didn't mention them in his first round of speeches.

In terms of actual performance on all the issues you listed in the OP, nobody has a better record.

What he's doing is pointing out that, while they aren't synonymous, the fight against oppression and the fight for economic justice are strongly linked, and that it's going to be a lot easier to get an anti-oppression agenda in place with an economically egalitarian adminstration than it ever will be with a president elected on a "pro-business" platform. The corporate world is always going to want to maintain some levels of bigotry to keep people divided...that's why, for example, the issue of "affirmative action" and how it supposedly harmed working-class whites just happened to get whipped up by the corporate media at precisely the moment when the freedom movement was consolidating a great number of gains...the wealthy wanted to send the message to working-class whites that gains for "the other" were always going to mean losses for them.

To break the power of that kind of tactics, economic justice(which affects the vast majority of people)needs to be a major component of any work on anti-oppression issues. There's no conflict between that and fighting against police brutality, for prison reform, for the end of institutional bigotry in all forms. They go together. That's the message Dr. King was killed for trying to send, after all.

You can't work just for anti-oppression issues and leave the economic issues unaddressed, because economic injustice will always work to sabotage social justice.

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