The Implications of a Sanders “Whites-Only” Revolution

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Bernie Sanders’ first major political rally in Burlington, Vermont began with the words, “Today… we begin a political revolution to transform our country economically, politically, socially, and environmentally.” He has since revisited that theme numerous times, most famously in his New Hampshire victory speech when he proclaimed, “What began last week in Iowa, what voters here in New Hampshire confirm tonight, is nothing short of the beginning of a political revolution.” And while it is true that in states like New Hampshire and Kansas he’s achieved record youth turnout, he’s still struggling in states with high black populations. In South Carolina, Alabama, Virginia, and Louisiana, which all have a black population of approximately 20% or higher, he’s lost by about 30 – 60 points. So if Sanders isn’t winning states with large black populations, does that mean his “revolution” isn’t resonating with black voters – or worse yet, isn’t for them? Continue reading