Bernie Sanders embraces Black Lives Matter movement
Thursday, October 8, 2015
"Many white people are not sensitive", Sanders noted, speaking with magazine, "to the kind of abuse that , especially younger African-Americans, receive at the hands of police officers and police departments".
The Black Lives Matter activist movement protests police brutality against African Americans, and gained traction after the death of Missouri.last year in ,
Sanders also recently admitted, speaking to magazine, that when the Black Lives Matter movement first came to light, he mishandled his dealings with them: "I plead guilty — I should have been more sensitive at the beginning of this campaign to talk about this issue [...] The issues these young people raised are enormously important".
Senator Sanders has had several incidents involving the group, including when they interrupted one of his rallies inin August. He said talking with members of the movement has helped him understand what the movement is about.
Sanders has been strongly criticized for his previous treatment of the group, particularly when his campaign began to respond to interruption from the group by shouting "we stand together" repeatedly at them.
Thefor in his Ebony interview called the US criminal justice system "broken", saying, "One of the ongoing crises in America is institutional racism".
- Sophia Tesfaye. "Bernie Sanders admits he initially mishandled Black Lives Matter: “I plead guilty — I should have been more sensitive”" — , October 5, 2015
- Abigail Abrams. "Bernie Sanders Black Lives Matter: White Americans 'Not Sensitive' To African-American Struggles, Presidential Candidate Says" — , October 5, 2015
- Darlena Cunha. "Bernie Sanders Is Wrong To Ignore ‘Black Lives Matter'" — , August 13, 2015