Bernie Sanders Brilliantly Explains the Strategy of the 'Ruling Class' in Two Minutes

In his wide-ranging interview with "Killer Mike," Bernie Sanders drew on his knowledge of the civil rights era to show how history repeats itself. His point was that hatred of others often has its roots in economics, and that it is always in the ruling class' interest to keep people down by dividing them.


Here's how Sanders laid out his case to the philosophical rapper:

"In the 1950s, what state in this country had the lowest paid white workers?"

Answer: Mississippi. 

Sanders then explained:

What did the whole system tell these white workers, who were the lowest-paid white workers in the U.S. — in other words, these workers were being exploited.

What they said is, you can go over to that water fountain and take a drink, and this black guy can't. You can go to this bathroom, you can go to this restaurant. Man, you got it good!

Meanwhile, we're paying you nothing.

So you divided blacks from white, in that case, whites from blacks. It is what they always do. And then they go, you see that woman over there? An uppity woman wants your job, man. You're not gonna let that woman take your job, you've got to divide from her. And that guy's gay over there, you gotta hate him, he's going to destroy your marriage because he's gay, gotta hate him. Oh, and there's a guy who talks with a Mexican accent, a little bit Spanish. You're supposed to hate him.

That has been what the ruling class has done over and over again. Why? Because they understand that when we come together, if we fight for decent wages, for education for your kids, the right to Social Security, we win. If they divide us, they win. 

 Watch the video.

#story_page_post_article

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}

Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Alternet All Access and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.