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Bernie Sanders needs black women's support. So what's his plan to win us over?

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Here’s an uncomfortable truth: despite years of careful planning, investments, and hiring key high-level diverse advisers, Bernie Sanders is struggling to connect with voters of color, and specifically black voters. This became especially clear at a forum I organized with She the People last week with eight presidential candidates, including Sanders.

Upon coming on stage, Sanders received a standing ovation from nearly 1,800 women of color from across 28 states, yet the positive vibes didn’t last long. When Sayu Bhojwani, the executive director of New American Leaders, stood on stage to ask him a question about the rise of white nationalist violence, what the federal government’s role in the fight against the rise of white nationalism and white terrorist acts, and how he plans to fight that as president, he gave a disappointing answer.

Instead of addressing the current crisis, he reminded the room of Donald Trump’s demagoguery, and then pivoted to his time marching with Martin Luther King. It simply did not answer the question in a satisfying way. We did not hear that he shared our fear. We did not hear how he viewed the federal government’s role in protecting us against white nationalist violence. We did not hear his strategy or plans, of how and........

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