Monday, February 15, 2016

Bernie's mistake

Although there has been some move by blacks and Hispanics toward Bernie Sanders, it has not been as dramatic as I expected. I've been wondering why so many of these people would pick Hillary over a socialist--someone who sounds so generous. Perhaps the problem is that Bernie might be best known for proposing free college. White liberals LOVE the idea, but if I'm an ordinary black guy, what do I care about college? Bernie would do much better if he proposed sending each black person a check because of the burden of being black.

By the way, as a professor, I hate the idea of free college even though it would improve my job security. I already have way too many students who shouldn't be in college, and this would make the problem much worse.


  1. Anonymous9:07 AM

    You reckon there are really a lot of people who want to go to college but don't, because of the cash? Or would you just get the same students you get now, only without large debts.

  2. I don't know for sure, but I do get students occasionally who drop out because they can't get the money. Some students might stay in school longer if they weren't building up enormous debt. You do have a point, though, that some people aren't interested in college, period. And good for them. They know themselves and don't care what people think.

  3. That first paragraph is really funny because of its poignancy. I'm using it (with appropriate sourcing!) with some of my Bernie friends. I've had a lot of fun asking these SWPLs what they think about black people keeping Bernie from getting the Democrat nomination. They mostly just deny it's the case, or say that doesn't explain everything (which is technically correct, but a total dodge), etc.

  4. I suppose anger/frustration could be another reaction, but I don't think this is going to tear the coalition of the fringes up as much as I'd hoped it would. The SWPLs I've talked to won't hold blacks responsible for Bernie's defeat even if it's force-fed to them.


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