By: Evette Champion
While I was browsing through my Facebook feed, a friend of mine posted this video. It was published on YouTube late last month, and although this is my first time watching it, I wanted to share it with you all.
Of all of Bernie Sanders’ supporters, or, I should say any supporter of any political candidate, no one has stood up so proudly and passionately for their chosen candidate as Killer Mike. He’s accompanied Sanders on the campaign trail, spoken out about his platform whenever he has a chance and uses his personal Twitter feed to give Sanders props.
Back in December, he even sat down with the presidential candidate and conducted a six-part interview that touched on a gamut of topics ranging from reforming the prison system, health care, public education and even raising the minimum wage.
As great of a speaker as Killer Mike is and no matter how passionate he can be about the things Bernie Sanders stands for, it doesn’t seem like the African-American community is on the same page. In fact, more African Americans seem to be supporting Hillary Clinton, the same woman who essentially turned her nose up at the protester that Mike spoke about.
It seems, according to NPR, is that Hillary is more appealing to the older folk because of the work the Clinton’s did.
“Older African-Americans remember the fact that Bill Clinton hit the lowest African-American unemployment rate, I think in 40 years the lowest African-American poverty rate in our lifetime to that point […] But before that, African-Americans had done pretty well under the Clintons. And I think Hillary Clinton is getting rewarded for that.”
Although Hillary does have relevant African American artists who support her campaign, names like Snoop Dogg, Usher and Waka Flocka Flame, these artists do not have the political voices like Killer Mike (obviously), but also artists like Bun B, Lil B, and Big Boi.
I don’t want to discredit the support that Hillary’s supporters provide… But… They don’t have passion. They aren’t there on her campaign trail, they aren’t talking about her campaign points, its… It’s just not there.
I don’t want to say who you should vote for. I don’t want to influence you one way or another. I’m just curious to know how you will be voting.