Dr. Cornel West helps the Sanders Campaign launch HBCU tour
Dr. Cornel West hosted a rally for Bernie Sanders at South Carolina State University on Thursday, January 14 to attract more African-American voters.
The Democratic primary in South Carolina is next month; therefore, it is not a surprise Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders is trying to attract as many voters as possible to win the primary over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
According to a CBS and YouGov poll from December 17, 2015, 67 percent of South Carolina registered voters would vote for Clinton compared to 31 percent who would vote for Sanders.
In hopes of gaining ground on Clinton, Sanders is launching an HBCU tour called “Feel the Bern.” The first stop was South Carolina State University, where Dr. Cornel West spoke on his behalf.
Dr. Cornel West, a Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University, engaged the crowd in attempts to inform them why Sanders is the best candidate for the African-American community.
West spoke on race relations in the United States, police brutality, health care, college and prison reform, and socialism. West referred to Sanders as a candidate with vision, courage and integrity. He also discussed Sanders history as a track record for fighting for doing things that were unpopular.
West said, “Brother Bernie marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. back in 1964 when it was not popular and he did it because it was right, moral, and just. A courageous freedom fighter, Bernie Sanders, who sided with Jesse (Jackson) in 1984 and 88.”
West also noted he thought Jesse Jackson was siding with the wrong candidate, Hillary Clinton. West finished his persuasive speech and stayed to sign autographs and take pictures.