Tonight, Bernie Sanders confirmed his support for Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention. If you are an ardent supporter of Bernie, like I have been for years (I’m proud to say that, on November 10 2014, I signed a petition for Bernie to run for president), you are surely disappointed.
Unlike Sarah Silverman, I don’t have an condescending remarks for you. If you have supported Bernie Sanders, you are likely progressive, smart, and beautiful. We are dignified human beings worthy of making our own choice about whom we support. If you can’t, in good conscience, vote for Hillary Clinton, don’t. Millions of people have fought and died so that you can vote; do not be cowed into doing something with your vote that you are not comfortable with. Do not give in to fear. There is nothing more inspiring than someone being principled with their decisions, as Killer Mike suggests he will be.
I know that the only person that I have the conscience to vote for is Bernard Sanders. I know that the only person my logical beautiful black mind will allow me to vote for is Senator Bernie Sanders.–Killer Mike
The choice we are faced with is terrible, and on my view, it is the fault of the Democratic Party for putting us here. They pushed a candidate that is weak because they felt she deserved it. Do not let anyone tell you that it will be your fault if Trump becomes president. Blame the party that didn’t have the prudence to go in a direction that would more likely lead to success.
At the same time, if you believe that Hillary Clinton will carry on with some of Bernie’s message (some evidence suggests that she will), then don’t feel ashamed of voting for her to defeat Donald Trump. Bernie is suggesting that we do, and a Trump presidency would be an absolute disgrace.
The good news here is that the presidency isn’t everything and there are many things that you can do to help make Bernie’s beautiful vision a reality.
“What matters most is not who is sitting in the White House, but “who is sitting in” — and who is marching outside the White House, pushing for change.”–Howard Zinn
Make your voice heard; join the movement to elect a brand new congress; volunteer for a local campaign; make calls for Jill Stein (she very likely won’t win, but supporting her campaign doesn’t have to be about her winning); join a march or protest. Just do something. Martin Luther King Jr. was worried about moderates–he said that they are a greater obstacle to achieving justice than extremists who actively seek to thwart our efforts. So, do not be moderate; waiting for justice is a privilege, and many don’t have the luxury of waiting for incremental change. My message to all of you is: stay brave and carry on.