Monday, January 22, 2018
Politics

To Sanders' nonwhite supporters, #BernieMadeMeWhite resonates

Hillary Clinton can't attract young voters, and Bernie Sanders can't win minorities.

Those two themes have been reported and repeated about Democratic presidential contests throughout the primary season. But after Sanders picked up wins over the weekend in Alaska, Hawaii and Washington — all states with sizable minority populations — a unified pushback took hold against the notion that he draws only white voters.

Meet #BernieMadeMeWhite.

 

 

It started with Leslie Lee III, an African-American freelance writer living in Japan, who tweeted that Sanders' victory in Hawaii had suddenly turned it into a white state.

As he told RawStory: "The common narrative in this election that Bernie has a 'minority problem' or that all his supporters are 'bros' is pervasive, and insulting to the (people of color) and women who support (him). It hit a peak this morning when Hawaii, the least white state in the nation, retroactively became white or 'not diverse' due to the fact that Bernie won it. I said yesterday this would happen, but I still couldn't really believe it. So, I started #BernieMadeMeWhite."

His first riff:

 

 

"Hey, if you're gonna ignore me as a black person, I might as well embrace my whiteness," Lee told NPR.

Others quickly jumped in, and a viral hashtag was born.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For what it's worth, Sanders won 70 percent of the vote in Hawaii, the nation's most ethnically diverse state.

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