Black Democrats Hold Sway in SC Presidential Primary South Carolina will be the fourth U.S. state to hold a presidential nominating contest in 2020 and the first in which African Americans constitute a major portion of ...
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Title: While Bernie Sanders has always stood up for African Americans, Joe Biden has repeatedly let us down
This is the opinion piece by her in South Carolina's largest paper, The State, which truly should be printed out to the tune of 20 or 30 million copies and put in the hands of every African American voter in not only SC but all of the Super Tuesday states and all of the Rust Belt & Great Lake states, to boot (Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin):
That brilliant piece of writing ends thus:
Today the differences between Biden and Sanders remain stark.
Biden opposes Democratic efforts to legalize marijuana. Sanders, on the other hand, is campaigning not only to legalize marijuana but also to root out institutional racism in our criminal justice system, outlaw private prisons, slash the prison population in half, end cash bail and hold police departments accountable.
Biden is opposing the Democrats' push for Medicare for All, which would guarantee health care to all Americans and help address the disproportionately high maternal, infant and cancer mortality rates among African Americans. Sanders, on the other hand, is the longtime champion and author of that Medicare for All legislation.
Biden has refused to support Sanders' bill to make public colleges and universities tuition free and cancel all student debt; this act alone would shrink the racial wealth gap between blacks and whites from 12-to-1 to 5-to-1. Sanders, meanwhile, is committed to closing that gap and he believes as I do that this is one of the most pressing moral issues of our time.
All of these contrasts underscore the high stakes in this primary election.
By supporting a racial justice champion like Sanders and his popular progressive agenda black Americans will forge a multiracial, multigenerational working-class alliance that will generate the high turnout necessary to beat President Donald Trump.
In standing with Sanders over Biden, we will declare that we are not going backward we are going forward into a future of empowerment and equality for all.
From the 3rd largest paper in SC, the Charleston Post and Courier, in a column called Palmetto Politics, Biden has more SC endorsers at this point, but Bernie's are significant. Sanders:
State Rep. Leon Howard
- State Rep. Krystle Matthews
- State Rep. Ivory Thigpen
- State Rep. Justin Bamberg
- State Rep. Wendell Gilliard
- State Rep. Terry Alexander
- State Rep. Michael Rivers
- State Rep. Cezar McKnight
- Mayor Stephen Wukela - City of Florence
- Mayor Brendon Barber - City of Georgetown
- Councilwoman Dorothy Williams - North Charleston City Council
- Councilman Sam Hart - North Charleston City Council
- Councilwoman Wilhelmina Peguese - Bennettsville City Council
- Councilwoman Elaine Reed - Darlington City Council
- Councilwoman Sheila Baccus - Darlington City Council
- Councilman Willie Gladden - Marlboro County Council
- Councilman Tupelo Humes - Georgetown City County Council
- William Smith - Member, Beaufort County School Board
- Randolph Walker - Member, Georgetown County School Board
- Cynthia Leggette - Chair, Marion County School Board
- Stevenson Pierre - Immediate Past President, Cheraw NAACP
- Donna DeWitt - President Emeritus, South Carolina AFL-CIO
- James E. Sanderson, Jr. - President and Unit Chair, USW Local 7898
- Pastor Eddie Massey
- Mal Hyman - former Democratic Congressional Nominee, SC-7
- Marcurius Byrd - SCDP Executive Committee Member
- Nancy Button - President, Rosemont Neighborhood Council (Charleston)
- Pastor Josue' Gilberto Hernandez - Minister, La Luz del Mundo
- Jesus Caldera - Elder/Financial Advisor, Iglesia Biblica Latinoamerica
- Lendale Vazquez - Community Activist, DACA United SC
- Aylin Gomez - Student Activist, DACA United SC
- Bryan Campo - Student Activist, Latin American Student Association
- Gerardo Merlo - Community Activist
- Carolina Ramirez - Student Activist, ACLU Collegiate Chapter
- Luisa Harnandez - PASOs
(Article changed on January 22, 2020 at 00:23)