Kitty Kelly Epstein, PhD -White Progressives and Race
“It has been a gripping two weeks for many American whites on the Left side of the political spectrum. Black Lives Matter activists did white progressives a favor by making a public issue of our politics on race. Many progressives have long thought that everyone in the 99% was in the same big boat suffering equally from the greed and trickery of the 1%. That view was reflected in the initial platform of Bernie Sanders’ campaign, calling for tax reform, reversing climate change, and “taking on Wall Street.” Tens of thousands responded enthusiastically believing such a program would help everyone. So a lot of those folks were surprised when Black Lives Matter members protested at two Sanders’ rallies.