As a Black mom, an active voter and for the most part, a supporter of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), I was very disappointed to read that the CBC opposes changes in the Democratic Party platform.
Some of the American critics of the revolution in Grenada were afraid of the revolution's potential appeal to African-Americans. This was a socialist revolution in an English-speaking nation that was made up of over 90% black people.
The very ferocity and coordinated nature of the attacks on Sanders makes clear that the Democratic establishment views Sanders not merely as an annoyance, but as an existential threat. And he may be, at that.
The last time I checked "being a friend of the African American community" wasn't a viable campaign slogan, and for a member of a black caucus to use this language as way to get black Americans to cosign Hillary Clinton's campaign is insulting.
The daily shootings in America's inner cities are all too frequent reminders of the tragic impact of gun violence on our national well-being. Some studies suggest that repeated exposure to shootings in urban areas is akin to the trauma suffered by soldiers in war zones.
Sanders has shown since Netroots Nation that he understands that reality by addressing both areas where race and class intersect, as well as those where racial injustice inflicts harm irrespective of class.
Your zip code, ethnicity and bank balance shouldn't determine your health. The Kelly Report on Health Disparities in America puts us one step closer to balancing the scales and realizing the core mission of the CBC Health Braintrust: Achieving health equity in a generation.