Bernie-Oprah 2020

Bernie-Oprah, that’s the ticket. Oprah as VP. The progressive shenanigans in San Francisco should be a wake up call for what’s coming in the Democratic Primary. The white progressives threw their support to a white right-wing billionaire so that the black Acting Mayor, London Breed, a moderate, would be ousted as Mayor and not have that incumbent advantage. Sly politics, I suppose, but regrettable optics. Well, tone-deaf racism might be more accurate.

All politics is identity politics. If you oppose “identity politics,” whether you’re one of the right-wingers who coined the term or some kind of liberal who adopted it, what you mean is that you support white identity politics.

So what if it comes down to Bernie vs. Oprah in the primary? Or less of a threat perhaps, Kamala Harris or Cory Booker. (Imagine a primary with three black candidates).

Honestly, I might support Oprah because I want to see the looks on the faces of the black women I work with, were she to win. She was in their living rooms for 15 years. She’s one of us, they would think.

I worry that Bernie is on the wrong side of the identity vs. class political debate among white progressives. To paraphrase Ta-Nehisi Coates: the way to mitigate the egregious effect of racism is through reparations. He advocates that we fight for the Conyers bill to have a commission to study remedies for the effects slavery and discrimination. Support for this bill should be a litmus test for candidates running for President or for Congress and Senate.

Bernie has called the idea of reparations “too divisive.” That’s a critical misreading of where the divisiveness of racism is coming from.

Calling for reparations may be the only way Bernie can take black votes away from Oprah – or Kamala or Cory.

Implementing reparations is the only way we can overcome the foundational racism of our country.