[Hear] Bernie Sanders Detail His Civil Rights Past on The Breakfast Club

[Hear] Bernie Sanders Detail His Civil Rights Past on The Breakfast Club

He says he voted for Jessie Jackson for President in 1988.

Published February 26th

As the Presidential race has moved to the south, the black vote is becoming more and more influential, which is why – at least the Democrats – have been making an effort to address minority concerns.

Senator Bernie Sanders phoned into The Breakfast Club this morning and spoke with Charlamagne Tha God, DJ Envy and Angela Yee about his past involvement in the civil rights movement, among other topics. He also explained why he voted for the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, which was devastating for the black community, by saying there were other good elements to the bill that were unrelated.

On the subject of police brutality, Sanders seems to have taken the most staunch position of any candidate on law enforcement accountability when a controversial incident breaks out.

"If police officers break the law, and we have seen that time and time again, they have got to be held accountable," he explained. "We've got to demilitarize these police departments... We have to make police departments look like the diversity of the communities they serve."

He also explained how he would federally remove marijuana from the list of schedule 1 drugs since African Americans and latinos are more likely to be targeted for arrest than whites.

"We gotta get marijuana out of the Federal Controlled Substances Act,” he proclaimed. “African Americans are more times more likely to be arrested for possession of marijuana than whites despite the fact that both communities smoke marijuana at the same level."

Listen to the full interview below.

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Written by Paul Meara

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