Bernie Sanders reveals detailed plan to combat institutional racism and inequality at Portland Event
Presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders addressed a crowd of 28,000 in Portland, Oregon. This was the largest gathering of Sanders supporters yet. Mr Sanders announced a comprehensive plan on fighting for racial justice in America.
“We must pursue policies that transform this country into a nation that affirms the value of its people of color. That starts with addressing the four central types of violence waged against black and brown Americans: physical, political, legal and economic,” the platform reads.
One day after Sanders was interrupted by #BlacklivesMatter” activists in Seattle.
In the platform, Sanders specifically addresses the recent violence and death experienced by black Americans that has galvanized the “Black Lives Matter” movement:
Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, Rekia Boyd, Eric Garner, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Tamir Rice, Samuel DuBose. We know their names. Each of them died unarmed at the hands of police officers or in police custody. The chants are growing louder. People are angry and they have a right to be angry. We should not fool ourselves into thinking that this violence only affects those whose names have appeared on TV or in the newspaper. African Americans are twice as likely to be arrested and almost four times as likely to experience the use of force during encounters with the police.
Bernie Sanders' speech pointed out the problem of youth (between 18 and 25) unemployment in the United States; 32% for White youths, 38% for Hispanic youths and a startling 51% for African American young people. The good senator is calling for a massive youth focused job's bill and government sponsered higher education.
Note From the Editor: I find it very strange that "BlackLivesMatter" protesters seem to only attack Mr. Sanders and not Mrs. Clinton. It makes one wonder if these are actual attacks from BlackLivesMatter or from African American Clinton Supporters or Republican supporters for that matter. - J-Didda