The city of Milwaukee had socialist mayors for the greater part of the early twentieth century; Daniel Hoan from 1916-1940 and Frank Zeidler from 1948-1960. This time period saw a great influx of African Americans into the city (The Great Migration) and the development of Milwaukee as ground zero for racialized residential segregation. At the beginning of African American's arrival in the city, they were denied access to the best manufacturing jobs and were crowded into a section of the city that eventually became known as Milwaukee's "inner core" (3). Was racialized residential segregation etc. a direct byproduct of the city's socialist government? That can certainly be argued. Yet it most definitely had a great impact on African American lives in a city that is now ground zero for racialized residential segregation and black male incarceration.
Many African Americans may not see Bernie as the candidate for them because of his socialism/socialist ideologies. Take Bernie's minimum wage proposal into consideration--it is a socialist and egalitarian dream, but it could cause a whole host of problems for African American workers. Bernie's minimum wage proposal sounds great on paper, but as as a friend and the New York Post pointed out: "Minimum wage laws reduce the cost of discrimination, as they force workers to compete along non-wage employers. This allows racist employers to select white employees over all others without the threat of being driven out of business for competitors. The unemployment rate of young, black people spikes with the implementation of each national minimum wage law (4)."
Does this mean that every black person should run out and vote for Hilary Clinton to win the democratic nomination? We will leave that decision to you, but Hilary Clinton had a large stake in the astronomical incarceration rates of African American males that we see today. Her husband, Bill Clinton, also waged a war against welfare dependents that demonized black women and was largely detrimental in the long run.
- The Atlantic. Accessed February 10, 2016. http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/01/bernie-sanders-reparations/424602/).
- "Black Lives Matter Movement Refuses to Endorse Any 2016 Presidential Candidate." The Guardian. 2015. Accessed February 10, 2016. http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/sep/19/black-lives-matter-endorsement-2016-presidential-candidate-election.
- Jones, Patrick D. The Selma of the North: Civil rights insurgency in Milwaukee. Harvard University Press, 2009.
- "Why Racists Love the Minimum Wage Laws." New York Post Why Racists Love the Minimum Wagelaws Comments. 2013. Accessed February 10, 2016. http://nypost.com/2013/09/17/why-racists-love-the-minimum-wage-laws/.