Last week, The Atlantic correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote a column trying to understand why Bernie Sanders, the candidate of revolution and economic justice, is so opposed to slavery reparations––Sanders said the issue would be too “divisive.”
Coates wrote, “The spectacle of a socialist candidate opposing reparations as ‘divisive’… is only rivaled by the implausibility of Sanders posing as a pragmatist.” He pointed out that Sanders dismissing the ability to get something controversial done is also odd, considering how high-minded many of his other proposals are.
One of his main conclusions is that Sanders’ “political imagination is so active against plutocracy, but so limited against white supremacy.”
Chuck Todd confronted Sanders about this on Meet the Press this morning. Sanders deferred, saying he opposes reparations for the same reason President Obama does, and made it clear that addressing poverty in the black community is a big priority of his.
Todd said “you didn’t answer the question” and again pressed him precisely on his opposition to reparations.
Sanders again didn’t get into why he opposes reparations, instead talking up his plan to “invest in the future” and arguing, “Our candidacy is the candidacy talking to the issues of the African-American community.”
Watch above, via NBC.
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