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Response to Garrett78 (Reply #107)

Wed Jan 18, 2017, 09:21 PM

135. Here's the problems with that response

 

Bernie and his supporters never said we should stop fighting racism or even spend any less time fighting it. The actual argument, which was not always communicated effectively, was that we need to talk about class as well as race...that BOTH matter that addressing both could massively expand the progressive coalition, that there were issues people of color and low-income or no-income whites could find common ground on, and it's not possible to defeat either racism or corporate greed without defeating both. The implication that the Sanders position was ever that racism should be put on the backburner was and is a strawman, was and is fundamentally unfair, and since we are now in a situation in which it is unlikely that Bernie will ever seek the presidency again, there's really no good reason to keep using that strawman against his supporters, many of who actually pushed the campaign to take a more explicit stand on race and essentially all of who are with you on this point.

I truly believe that, whoever any of us supported in the primaries, we are all in agree that we need to keep fighting racism and fighting it just as much as we do now.

What I've never heard anyone explain is how it would be possible to defeat racism in isolation, without addressing class or economic power. We tried that in the Sixties and the white backlash won. BLM tried that and seems to have reached the point of diminishing returns.

How do YOU propose we center anti-racism effectively now, what would be the strategy you would lay out for that?






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