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“No one gets to see their parent’s last moments, and I was able to see my dad die on national TV” — Erica Garner

Bernie Sanders released a new ad that is quite the tear jerker featuring Erica Garner, daughter of Eric Garner– the NYPD choke victim whose death made national headlines. While only four-minutes long, the ad is a very strong endorsement for the Democratic nominee, highlighting his commitment to advocating for civil rights and prison reform. Garner believes that by backing Sanders, he can help get the truth out about Eric Garner’s side of the story.

“I’m behind anyone who is going to listen, who is going to speak up for us,” she says. “I think we need to believe in a leader like Bernie Sanders.”

This endorsement is made after Erica Garner explains to the camera that her daughter just learned about Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. in school.

“She [Erica’s daughter] asked me ‘Did Rosa Parks not give up her seat for a white man?’ and I said yes” Erica Garner explained, “she said ‘but those are were in the old days, right mommy?’ and I had to explain to her that it’s not really over.'”

The sad truth is that our fight for black civil rights is not over. We must still unite and fight. And we must also align ourselves with allies who will do the same. The big question, however, is will Bernie Sanders stand for black people if he is elected as President of the United States of America?

What do you guys think?

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  • The ad is a very emotional ad. It was very powerful. Regardless if people agree or disagree with Bernie Sanders, Erica Garner has been in the front lines (in New York City & throughout the nation) to fight against police brutality and she is an inspirational woman. I will always respect her. To answer the question, the platform of Sanders’ views on racial justice issues are pretty clear. If he was President, he would face an obstructionist Congress and he would probably pass executive orders on criminal justice matters. He would speak up for black people verbally and we shall see what the future holds in the 2016 election. He would be more outspoken on these issues than any GOP candidate. At the end of the day, we have every right to use our power as black people to fight the good fight. The only people who can liberate us are us (as black people). We want black human rights to exist and we want real change in our world.