President Barack Obama speaks at Portsmouth High School in Portsmouth, N.H., at a town hall meeting about health care reform on Aug. 11, 2009. Photo by Pete Souza
Jamie Utt: Interrupting Bernie: Exposing The White Supremacy Of The American Left
Because here’s the thing – what’s powerful about these interruptions from Black women is less how it has changed the tone of the Democratic campaigns and more about what they have exposed in the White left. I see these protests as less about the individual candidates themselves and more about how their White base refuses to center Black lives and Black issues. It’s notable that White Bernie supporters, who consider themselves the most progressive of us all, shouted down and booed Black women who dared to force Blackness into the center of White space. Because let’s be honest, every Bernie rally is White space.
Protesters interrupt Sanders to talk about police tactics and disregard for black lives and his supporters shout “taze them”—
Ruler of New Wakanda (@insanityreport) August 09, 2015
What was true in King’s time is true in ours: the greatest stumbling block to racial justice is not the KKK; it’s well-meaning White people who would rather maintain injustice than risk the decentering of our Whiteness and White comfort. And when I watch and hear the reaction of a mostly White Seattle crowd to a Black woman naming that the event is taking place in the context of Indigenous genocide, the new Jim Crow, and the everyday violence that Black, Brown, and Indigenous people face in Seattle, I’m ashamed. Two Black women called for a moment of silence for Mike Brown a year after he was gunned down, left bleeding in the street for 4.5 hours, and White “progressives” shouted, booed, and chanted the name of a White man throughout that moment.
Eric Schultz (@Schultz44) August 10, 2015
Since Schumer's decision on Iran deal Baldwin, Sanders, Schatz, Kloubuchar announce they're on board. No big defections since.—
Jim Acosta (@Acosta) August 10, 2015
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President Barack Obama jogs from backstage before delivering remarks at Johnson Controls, Inc., in Holland, Mich., Aug. 11, 2011. Photo by Chuck Kennedy
President Barack Obama tours Johnson Controls Inc. with Elizabeth Rolinski, Vice President of Operations, in Holland, Mich., Aug. 11, 2011. Photo by Pete Souza
President Barack Obama talks with Senior Advisor David Alexrod and Sen. Dick Durbin, (D-Ill.), on Air Force One en route to Portsmouth, N.H., for a town hall meeting about health care reform on Aug. 11, 2009. Photo by Pete Souza
President Barack Obama talks with Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, left, and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk in the Green Room of the White House, following the Manufacturing Enhancement Act of 2010 signing ceremony, Aug. 11, 2010. Photo by Pete Souza