#BernieMadeMeWhite Calls Out the Media Whitewashing of Sanders’ Supporters
There’s no denying the fact that Hillary Clinton is dominating the Democratic primaries. That said, underdog Bernie Sanders hasn’t let the presidential primary race turn into a runaway. On Saturday, Sanders nabbed sweeping victories in the caucus states of Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii, giving him a nice bump in electoral delegates.
In response to the wins, CNN credited the Vermont Senator’s success to a tendency to do well in “largely white and rural” states, warning that in order for Sanders’ to win he needs to “replicate this success in other, more ethnically diverse states that hold primaries.”
That description didn’t sit well with some of Sanders’ minority supporters.
Leslie Lee III, a writer in English teacher from Baton Rouge, Louisiana currently living in Yokahama, Japan, responded to the stereotype with some sarcasm. Lee jokes,
— L. (@tokyovampires) March 27, 2016
And just like that the hashtag #BernieMadeMeWhite was born!
It didn’t take long for other minority Sanders’ supporters to jump on the hashtag’s bandwagon.
— Benjamin Dixon (@TheBpDShow) March 27, 2016
Then it sort of just spiraled out from there.
— Aristotle McFly (@hollowman928) March 27, 2016
— C. (@Maxplatypus) March 27, 2016
— Fortitude (@Fortitude_1) March 27, 2016
— SanBernaDingDong (@noreallyhowcome) March 27, 2016
— laurie allee (@laurieallee) March 27, 2016
— tᕼe ᒪᑌᑕᗩᔕ ᗷᖇOᔕ (@lucasbros) March 27, 2016
Ever since I started supporting Bernie I suddenly lost my rhythm. #BernieMadeMeWhite
— lyn (@dlynaffor) March 27, 2016
— Coco Hops (@coco_hops) March 28, 2016
Ever since I started supporting Bernie, Don’t Stop Believing became my karaoke staple #BernieMadeMeWhite
— Jason Alexander (@soulcreator) March 27, 2016
#BernieMadeMeWhite My whole black family is losing its taste for hot sauce and spreading mayo on everything
— Chris Hamilton (@dteg32) March 27, 2016
#BernieMadeMeWhite and now I am looking to move out of this neighborhood, you know, cause of the property values, of course.
— Carolyn Hyppolite (@CKHyppolite) March 27, 2016
Finally I have white privilege.#BernieMadeMeWhite
— WesleyZ3 (@50th_President) March 27, 2016
— Dallas Fowler (@YoDallas) March 28, 2016
— suZee (@BigOlSoulSista) March 28, 2016
I’m so thankful that #BernieMadeMeWhite.
Can we stop worrying about racial profiling and hate crimes now? pic.twitter.com/NqE1zD5bSz
— Simran Jeet Singh (@SikhProf) March 28, 2016
— Nativespirit (@N8tive2spirit) March 28, 2016
— Ashlyn Shockley (@ashlynshockley) March 28, 2016
— Lauren Sandernista (@welknett) March 27, 2016
The moral of the story is that Sanders’ supporters really don’t like being generalized, because white males aren’t the only demographic “feeling the Bern.” Don’t get me wrong, Sanders still has a long way to go. His campaign has struggled to secure the black and latino vote, which has repeatedly propelled Clinton to victory. With three more months still remaining in the primary race, he’ll need to rally more support among all demographics if he hopes to secure the nomination.