Sanders carries himself the same way the establishment does. He tells us what he thinks is good for us in a non-collaborative tone.
As the political race has begun to shake out the process is revealing more and more about each candidate. Somehow, Bernie Sanders has become the poster child for fighting the man. White liberals love Bernie Sanders. Martin and Malcolm and Audre cautioned long ago, however, to beware when White liberals get excited about something.
Often, based on racial and cultural history, the excitement points to a group of people who enjoy the title of being progressive, socially conscience change-agents, while enjoying the comfort of their privilege actively. Bernie’s supporters seem no different. Even his slogan, “Feel the Bern,” evokes images of doing something that we don’t want to do, but is good for our health; things like working out or voting for Bernie Sanders. But is voting for Bernie Sanders good for our health? I say no. If you have been unsure of Bernie, but couldn’t quite put your finger on it, maybe consider this.
Bernie is more of the same, while claiming to be unique.
Bernie engages in the privileges of participating in patriarchy while claiming he will dismantle patriarchal establishment. Can we not with that? Bernie Sanders is a career politician. How much more “establishment” does it get? You realize that Bernie Sanders is still lecturing AT us. You realize Bernie Sanders is still yelling AT us.
Sanders carries himself the same way the establishment does. He tells us what he thinks is good for us in a non-collaborative tone. He wants us to Feel the Bern. We can tip our hat to Sanders’ desire to evaluate economic disparities that keep America dysfunctional. Don’t be fooled, though. Sanders harps on this talking point so aggressively, one wonders if it’s intended to cloud balanced evaluation of other factors where he falls short. He proves time and again that his ideological persuasions are far more important than collaborative dialogue.
The debates for which I’ve tuned in conjured images of a President Sanders attempting be diplomatic, but just yelling at foreign dignitaries. More than Sanders’ can’t act right behavior, we should consider what his willingness to give no damns about it mean. Foreign policy and relations are corporate and consumeristic in nature. Sanders cannot possible expect to change the infrastructure of foreign relations. While he *maybe* could implement socialist governance in the United States as president, he can’t force this political model in the global stage. Sanders IDGAF behavior at home gives me little confidence in his ability to represent the United States elsewhere.
A vote for Sanders is just another vote for a white dude willing to engage in white dude privilege while saying they are woke. I am tired of hearing how Bernie Sanders will dismantle the establishment with his proposed legislation when he continually fails to dismantle the establishment in his own behavior.
Jasmine Banks is a freelance writer and small business owner who writes about everything and nothing at all at justjasmineblog.com. You can follow her on Instagram or Twitter as @Djazzo.
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