Want an Apology for Slavery? Vote for Bernie

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders
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Right before the Wisconsin primary, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spoke to Spike Lee about the presidential race. There's no denying that Sanders is having a hard time getting the older black vote, and he mentioned to Lee about black people and the importance of voting.

"What do you have to do to get the older generation of African-American votes?" Lee asked Sanders. "You're like the new guy on the block. You've got the young Hispanic, African American, you got it. But the older generation, black folks, they know the Clintons 20-some years."


"We're doing phenomenally well with all of the young people—white, black, Latino, you name it, Asian American. And we're getting killed, frankly, not just with older African Americans but also older whites, older Latinos," Sanders replied.

"It's the weirdest thing in the world," he continued. "And what really bothers me is I spent half my life in Congress helping to lead the effort for senior citizens: We led the effort against cuts to Social Security—we want to expand Social Security; we took on the drug companies who are doing terrible things to elderly people. You know seniors are cutting their prescription drugs in half. So we have a lot of work to do in terms of reaching out to seniors, not just African Americans, but seniors all across the board. We're figuring out how you get the message out there."

Well, maybe one way to get the older black vote is to apologize for slavery? One has to wonder if Lee suggested that to Sanders. On Thursday evening, Sanders tweeted what he plans to do:

What he should have said was that not only would he apologize for slavery but he was also going to give everyone reparations. But I guess an apology is a start?

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