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Name Brand Fixation

Blacks like Nike, Newports, Lebron, Ciroc, Colt 45 and Clinton. One of these is Not Healthy




by Chris Stevenson

Katrinna Martin Bordeaux, the founder of Buffalo’s Young Black Democrats of Western New York movement is the latest commentator to have made an interesting point to MSNBC anchor Chuck Todd at the Anchor Bar: “We have an issue with branding. We know the name Clinton, we’re familiar with it and we may be comfortable with it. The black community and the Latino community just doesn’t know enough about Sanders.”

Hillary Clinton may wind up taking yet another whipping from a male candidate with progressive ideas who came out of relatively nowhere. Especially since New Hampshire. This is not good news for her because Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) came to Buffalo last week (4/11/16) and wooed a crowd at University at Buffalo’s North Campus Alumni Arena. This was organized by the group Buffalo for Bernie. Several hundred attended an Elmwood Avenue march for Sanders before the rally. This event may turn out to be Hillary’s Waterloo as far a Buffalo is concerned. Whereas at one time she could count on a lock in Buffalo due mainly to her relationship to it’s biggest political group Grassroots Inc., lead by Mayor Byron Brown among others, change she can’t depend on may be doing her in.

Part of her problem is based on two factors, 1-Trust (she’s a Clinton), 2-She has trouble hiding the fact that she wants to be one of the boys. A little too hawkish if you know what I mean. Women wanting to be one of the boys is fine if she wants to flip pizza or sit on a scaffold and rivet beams together, but bad news if she wants to be a police officer or US President. What you’ll essentially get is a white female acting out white male insecurities. My support for Bernie is based on my no-regret-meter. I don’t need Hillary coming back 20 years after her presidency saying ‘well I guess those bills I pushed made things worse… sorry ya’ll, mmm’kay?’ Fuck No Hil! Let’s cut that nonsense at the bud. Those well-planned apologies is just playing blacks cheaper than Trump would. He apologizes for nothing.

Sanders’ critics range from the ridiculous (“He doesn’t support reparations.” wow, I must have slept through all those previous presidents when they gave us reparations) to the plausible.





A young Sanders behind MLK-cs

President Obama has his critics on the left and the right. It will take years for his black critics to appreciate his mindset on many of the decisions he made during his terms. One of my deepest beliefs regarding blacks in politics, law and especially law enforcement is that non-whites simply cannot think along the same lines as many whites once they are placed into these positions, and that’s a good thing. We don’t harbor social sentiments that exist outside the norms of human society. Yes there are brutal and corrupt black police officers, but there are none shooting unarmed-to-defenseless men or women between 19-50 times. There are no black officers sneaking behind a suspect to strangle him to death while he was trying to talk to his fellow officers who want to arrest him. Most blacks believe the old-fashioned beatdown or just one or two bullets will suffice, the passion to massacre is largely absent within him or her even if they want to impress their white co-workers. The same goes for black district attorneys, judges, and elected officials. We seem to lack the will to put others under that broad umbrella beyond “tough on crime.” This brings us to the President because it’s important for his black critics to understand exactly why so many on the white right manifest such resentment towards him, it’s much deeper than what most of them are willing to admit. Obama-as with most blacks-simply does not think according to that lack of feeling or empathy as they do when it comes to foreign policy and domestic issues from a social standpoint. Though Hillary once served in Obama’s administration, the candidate who’s politics comes closest to his is Bernard Sanders. Perhaps this is why you don’t see President Obama pushing Hil that hard.

Much is now being said about the comparative history between the two. Sanders as a young man, a young white man putting himself on the front lines of the Civil Rights movement during the early-’60’s, when he could have just been another hardbitten Brooklyn living room militant; watching TV, eating pizza, and waving his fist at the screen. “A guy named Adolf Hitler won an election in 1932. He won an election, and 50 million people died as a result of that election in World War II, including 6 million Jews. So what I learned as a little kid is that politics is, in fact, very important.” He would enroll in the University of Chicago and enlist with C.O.R.E. and S.N.C.C. He would eventually demonstrate with supporters of Martin Luther King and take his lumps and get arrested along with them. Today a guy named Trump is trying to win an election, how many will die as a result of it if he is elected?

Sanders was said to have been bored with school and college, knowledge he got from his surrounding community satisfied his education. Hillary by contrast was a “teachers favorite.” She campaigned for Barry Goldwater (viewed by many as the Father of Modern Conservatism) in 1964. In ’65 she enrolled at Wellesley College, During her freshman year, she was president of the Wellesley Young Republicans. Not long after for whatever reason she backed away from the conservatism she was raised under, and began calling herself “a mind conservative and a heart liberal,” whatever that is. Her statement years ago about “Superpredators” is currently working the minds of thousands of black voters. Hillary today has enjoyed a free-ride on blacks, and black women for the past couple of decades due to her husband’s tenure as President. Of course this freebie has thrust her into the US Senate. In all honesty both Sanders and Clinton were startled initially by the boldness of Black Lives Matter, but Sanders adjusted and included them. Hillary has yet to do this. Feel the Bern and don’t get burned again.

Chris Stevenson is author of “The MAO Syndrome: A Timeline of Newspaper columns Tracking Hate, Fear, Loathing, Obstinacy, and Stubbornness of many on the right & some on the left who are simply Mad At Obama.” He is also a regular columnist for blackcommentator, and a contributor to the Hampton Institute, his own blog www.thebuffalobullet.com, and a syndicated columnist. Follow him on Twitter, and Facebook, you don’t have to join any of them. Watch his video commentary Policy & Prejudice for clbTV & Follow his Blogtalkradio interviews on 36OOseconds. Respond to him by email; pointblankdta@yahoo.com

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