posted on Mar, 10 2016 @ 09:06 PM
Honest opinion? Assuming I can offer it without being attacked for it? Okay here goes. I dislike both statements for different reasons.
Trump's statement - to my thinking - is born of a sort of xenophobic isolationism; classical fear of "the other." "They're" coming here from "outside"
and "they're" going to "take our jobs," and "they're" bringing crime and other undesirable traits and activities with "them." Any movement of people
across borders will bring all kinds of human beings with it. The good, the bad, and the ugly. As is true of the Syrian refugee crisis, some will be
violent and dangerous, others merely seeking a better life. But the media, and people like Trump, will emphasize only the former because it serves
their political ambitions and ideological worldview to do so.
Sanders' statement - to my thinking - is born of an un-nuanced oversimplification of intersectional oppression which goes beyond pointing out
institutional racism and disproportionate ethnic socioeconomic stratification in our country (which do exist, and do matter,) and instead itself
becomes racist. Had he said, "Poverty can affect anyone irrespective of race or ethnicity, and we must have compassion for and a desire to help
everyone affected by it equally. BUT it is false equivalency to argue that because it can and does also affect whites, it does not disproportionately
affect minorities due to intersectionality of racism - willful or merely institutional and inertia driven - in this country." ... then I would be
applauding his statements. But because they lack that level of nuance and are so blunt and broad, they themselves are simply racist in nature in the
final analysis... even if this was not the intent.
The difference between them lies precisely there - in intent. One is intended to evoke fear of the other to drive support for taking action against
said other. One is either intended to pander to win an election, or (and/or - could be both) point out inequality to evoke support for taking action
against said inequality.
Or they're both just saying whatever they think will best help them win the primaries. I don't know.
So, that's my honest opinion. I'm not voting for or supporting either of them, so please do not read that into said opinion.