Why Precisely Is Bernie Sanders Against Partionalism?

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Despite priding itself to be a nation that champions freedom, democratic values, and equality for all, America possesses a deplorable and shameful history in the maltreatment and devaluation of black lives. In Why Precisely Is Bernie Sanders Against Reparations, Ta-Nahesi Coates asserts that because “from 1619 until at least the late 1960s, American institutions, businesses, associations, and governments—federal, state, and local—repeatedly plundered black communities,” reparations are a necessary, “indispensable tools against white supremacy.” Though critiquing Bernie Sanders, an avowed socialist, Coates’ assertion regarding the federal government’s supposed atonement for the perpetuation of black inferiority can and should be applied to …show more content…
This critique of Obama can be seen in Michael Eric Dyson’s, an academic, author, and radio host, The Black Presidency, when he contends,
“The president unjustly lays into black failure by focusing on equality of opportunity…Obama thus slights the racist denial of opportunity to black folk that fueled the black freedom struggle. He reinforces stereotypes of the supposed black unwillingness to work hard and the desire to live on the dole by suggesting the exploitation of government support.”
This reinforcement of stereotypes and moralization of exceptionalism can also be seen “when Obama ambushed black fathers at the Chicago church.” In this speech, Obama addressed the prominence of absent black fathers, asserting that “foundations of our community are weaker because of this.” Furthermore, Obama’s tendency to preach exceptionalism is also found in his speech at the 2013 Morehouse College Commencement. Highly appropriate for the occasion, Obama provides anecdotes of individuals like Frederick Anderson and Leland Shelton to depict the personification of exceptionalism in the face of adversity. In this, though immensely inspirational, Obama advances his notions of exceptionalism, especially among African Americans, and perpetuates a higher standard of achievement for black individuals without considering the institutionalized oppression African-Americans face in education, law enforcement, employment, and many

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