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Bernie Sanders - 'When You're White You Don't Know What It's Like To Be Poor'

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posted on Mar, 7 2016 @ 08:33 AM
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a reply to: kaylaluv

You are correct in that whites as a whole have not suffered generational poverty. However, it's a slap in the face to generations of white folks from Appalachia, the gulf bayous, and other parts of the South.




posted on Mar, 7 2016 @ 08:37 AM
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originally posted by: kaylaluv

originally posted by: IAMTAT
Isn't Bernie a white boy?
Is he saying he doesn't understand the poor?


I am a woman who has never been raped. I don't know what it's like to be raped. That doesn't mean I can't understand that rape is a real problem that must be addressed.


That's a great point. Thanks, kaylaluv.



posted on Mar, 7 2016 @ 08:39 AM
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I feel insulted by Bernie. I dont know what its like to be poor? Maybe Bernie has had a damn silver spoon in his mouth his whole life, and he has no idea what its like to be poor.

What he meant to say is white people have no idea what its like to be black. Alot of white people who grew up poor are going to be insulted by this.



posted on Mar, 7 2016 @ 08:41 AM
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We're just taking election year political racial pandering way too seriously.



posted on Mar, 7 2016 @ 08:43 AM
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a reply to: RainbowPhoenix

Last time I checked, Irish wasn't a race.


We also find that African-American children are more likely to experience poverty than are white children. These results have implications for adults: Individuals who were poor during childhood are more likely to be poor as adults than are those who were never poor, and this is especially true for African-Americans. Consequently, intergenerational poverty and persistent disadvantage impedes individuals’ ability to achieve the American Dream. Though there is considerable upward mobility in the United States, escaping poverty is difficult, and racial disadvantages mean that mobility out of poverty for African-Americans is far more difficult than it is for whites.



www.nccp.org...



posted on Mar, 7 2016 @ 08:45 AM
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I don't know what Bernie is going on about..but my experience:

I work with a Nigerian man. We are fairly close as far as work relationships go, so we end up talking quite a bit about various things from religion, to our past, to current events, etc. He's a raging Cowboys fan, which I find quite amusing.

One thing he tells me anything the local poverty is brought up (boom/bust cycles are hard on a population): "Maaaaaaannnnn, you American's don't know nothing about being poor. What you call poor, my people call wealthy. Do you have shoes? Then you aren't poor. Are there at least clothes and food to find thrown away? Then you have it pretty good".

My wife works with Kenyans. Some of them express the exact same sentiment.

Not having any experience in Africa myself, but knowing what I have read...it seems to me that these people are correct. Its not about "white people". But its absolutely certain that a homeless westerner is better off than a homeless African. Just because of the value of what we discard. And its 100% certain that what we call "poor" (has a cell phone, maybe a car in need of some repair, a place to sleep) has nothing on what "poor" in Nigeria is.



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posted on Mar, 7 2016 @ 09:07 AM
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a reply to: Konduit

This is the stupidest thing I've ever heard a presidential candidate say in my life. Hey Bernie, come down here to the Mississippi Delta. I can show you some 100% white neighborhoods that will convince you that you don't even know what the word 'poor' means. What an idiot.



posted on Mar, 7 2016 @ 09:16 AM
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I grew up poor, lived in a black neighborhood, got hassled by police for being white in that black neighborhood, was told by black girls that they wouldn't date me because I was white, had to drop out of college because I didn't have enough money while my black roommate got a free ride, got passed over for job promotions because I was white.

I got my screen name from my friends when I was kid. I was the only white kid in our group, so they all called me White Shadow.

I live in the Mississippi Delta where whites are the minority. I have been called a racist, a bigot, honky, cracker, and white trash. Now that I am older, blacks think I am a cop because I have no problem speaking to anyone. Now the MSM and politicians are telling me that because I am a white man, I am a racist, and I have to give everything that I fought and scraped to get to someone else that won't do the same because of White Privilege.

I don't usually step into the political arena on ATS because everyone has an opinion, and my two cents really doesn't matter. But here is my two cents.

I am a proud American.

I am sick and tired of our elected officials apologizing for that. Whether it is the economy, health care, the environment, or foreign policy, we are still the greatest nation on earth. We have our problems and issues, but I wouldn't trade it for any other country in the world.

Bernie Sanders is a Socialist. He has said so himself. The younger generations don't know what that means because we no longer teach it in school. Here it is in a nutshell. You work hard and are able to afford steak, but your neighbor doesn't work hard and can only afford Ramen Noodles. The socialists will tell you that it's not fair that you eat steak while your neighbor does not, so they are going to take from you and give to your neighbor so you can both afford hamburger. It sounds good in theory, but the actuality of it and human nature is that you will stop working as hard because you have no incentive. No matter how hard you work, you can only have hamburger. But wait, now that you are not working as hard, you can only afford hamburger to begin with. The socialists are still going to take from you because your neighbor can still only afford Ramen Noodles. Now you both get Beef Stew. This keeps going until you both can only afford Ramen Noodles. The socialist idea is to pull everyone up to the greatest common denominator, but it really only pulls everyone down to the lowest common denominator. This has been tried around the world and has always failed.

Trump is a showman. That's it. Back in the 80's and 90's, he used other people's money to try to build his empire. Every time he failed, he just filed for bankruptcy. He is NOT a successful businessman like everyone wants to believe. Even the fortune that he has now, he inherited from his dad.

Hilary Clinton...well she is a politician that can do no wrong in the eyes of the MSM.

Marco Rubio is a self-proclaimed establishment politician. That means that he is going to maintain the status quo.

I was supporting Ben Carson. He is a non-politician, successful businessman that came up in the very situation that Bernie claims that Whites do not understand. He has dropped out due to lack of support. Oh, and he is a black man.

I'll get off my soap box now and leave you with this:

Everyone needs to forget about the government fixing their lives. Get off your butt (LOL, he said butt), and do something to improve your situation. The government is not going to fix it. The only thing that you can control is YOU. Open your eyes and do a little research on your candidate. Don't let other people tell you what to think. Regardless of your race, gender, social situation, sexual orientation, etc., we are all in this together. Start acting like it.



posted on Mar, 7 2016 @ 09:18 AM
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a reply to: Konduit

I guess this his "47%" moment, and unlike Romney, actually said something out in the open.



posted on Mar, 7 2016 @ 09:19 AM
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a reply to: kaylaluv

No poor white people in America ? This coming from a guy who was poor his whole life. Is he black? I can get in my car and go to the 'poor' area of the town and I seem ALL colors and races. This is what pisses me off about the DNC right now. You have Bernie saying this and Clinton openly saying that cops are bad and racially profile and blacks have it harder than anyone. Splitting a nation.

Maybe Bern should look at this...

www.huffingtonpost.com...



posted on Mar, 7 2016 @ 09:20 AM
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Then what the hell is he talking about? He's white! Clearly he knows only what it is like to be wealthy, and nothing of real poverty.

"Institutional racism"...another bogey man used to continue justifying the division of people's according to skin-color for political gain.



posted on Mar, 7 2016 @ 09:23 AM
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Another person who has failed to use the word, 'some'.

'Some' white people do not know what it is to be poor, just as 'some' black people, and 'some' asian people.

On the whole the majority of 'white', 'black' and 'asian' peoples KNOW poverty and have lived it for generations.

But the demonisation of 'white' continues without respite.



posted on Mar, 7 2016 @ 09:29 AM
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originally posted by: FelisOrion
a reply to: Konduit

Poor choice of words, yes. Campaign destroyer? Yes, if you are a super sensitive person. He still won. 99.9% of online polls have him winning, but the MSM are saying HIllary won by a few points.


Not by a few points, and you shouldn't be relying on polls at this point because the primaries are already in progress. Hillary is absolutely destroying Bernie and has won over twice as many delegates as he has. At the moment Hillary has 1,130 delegates and Bernie has 499.

Change "a few points" to "mopping the floor with Bernie's stupid hair" and you will be about right on point.

Also about half of Hillary's delegates are "superdelegates" who don't have to cast their vote based on the popular vote. They are purely special interest delegates who have all probably received Clinton Foundation funds. Doesn't the right to vote make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside? No? Well too bad.



posted on Mar, 7 2016 @ 09:30 AM
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Last time I checked, Irish wasn't a race.


That's why I said ethnicity. I did however improperly use there instead of their I just noticed...oops.



ust about every ethnicity at some point somewhere in there history


eth·nic·i·ty
eTHˈnisədē/
noun
the fact or state of belonging to a social group that has a common national or cultural tradition.


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posted on Mar, 7 2016 @ 09:35 AM
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Lots of self proclaimed poor in this thread, and all have computers and internet, hmmm?

Looks like an awful lot of whining over who is the poorest of them all.

I think we should just talk about who has the biggest dick, it's a more intellectually stimulating discussion.



posted on Mar, 7 2016 @ 09:36 AM
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I love hearing about Institutionalized racism and black oppression and BLM....

While most of my family on my mothers side still lives on the Reservation.......

Please spare me your self righteous BS about how oppressed you are these days........

If people in my family can work hard and get off the rez and go to college and make something of themselves, so you can you, nut up and quit being victims
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posted on Mar, 7 2016 @ 09:38 AM
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Ignorant statement Bern.

This is what Im afraid of from Bernie. He will pander to the racial issues too heavily leading us by the soft guiding light of PC culture



posted on Mar, 7 2016 @ 09:39 AM
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Lots of self proclaimed poor in this thread, and all have computers and internet, hmmm?


WAS POOR being the operative phrase one can have been poor and have pulled themselves up to the point of not being poor. Like how that works? Yes I am grateful to have been able to afford this nice Macbook Pro, wouldn't have been able to do that when I was poor.


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posted on Mar, 7 2016 @ 09:40 AM
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a reply to: AlaskanDad

To be fair, its safe to assume 90% of people that live well under the poverty level have smartphones, and free wifi abounds in most towns and cities.

I dare say its hard as hell to get a job above minimum wage without internet
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