Bernie’s Way to African-America?

I have no issues with the idea of a candidate eating with anyone. No candidate should be above meeting with any American. I just have to wonder what exactly Bernie is attempting to accomplish by meeting with Al Sharpton?

If it is just a courtesy call, why now?

And it he believes that this is an effective way to reach out to African-American voters, why Sharpton and not any of several dozen leaders of greater relevance and, arguably, of higher standing? Why not meet with the Black Lives Matter folks?

When I think of the African-American Political Establishment, I think of Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. If Sanders sees Sharpton as his pathway toward African-American votes, how truly anti-establishment is he?

Of course, I could be misreading all of this. Maybe Bernie just wanted lunch at Sylvia’s, and Al was able to get a table.


Author: David Wolf

An adviser to corporations and organizations on strategy, communications, and public affairs, David Wolf has been working and living in Beijing since 1995, and now divides his time between China and California. He also serves as a policy and industry analyst focused on innovative and creative industries, a futurist, and an amateur historian.

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