Bernie Sanders to tour HBCUs
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has kicked off a tour of Historically Black Colleges and Universities called “Feel the Bern.”
The presidential candidate will tour a host of HBCUs including Howard University, South Carolina State University, Jackson State University, Alabama State University, Florida A&M University, and many more.
Sanders is attempting to connect with young black voters by talking about issues that matter to them, such as income inequality and criminal justice reform.
According to nbcnews.com, Sanders and his team face an uphill battle in states where black voters will be crucial, such as South Carolina.
“A recent Monmouth University poll showed Hillary Clinton’s lead at 69 to 21 percent over Sanders and other major polls show Clinton with a sizable lead over the Vermont senator.”
Sanders will need to ensure that his reach goes farther than just black students, but he also understands that the youth vote helped to welcome President Barack Obama into the Oval Office.
But Sanders has a radical message that resonates with college students. He has a plan to make college free for anyone who wants to attend and also wants to change America’s healthcare system over to single-payer.
That’s radical enough to bend the ear of any first year political science major. While most believe Sanders isn’t a true contender for President, his messages are stirring up a lot of debate, particularly what some feel is a socialist view on what American life should be. His free college plan isn’t so radical, though, as President Obama has proposed the same for the first two years of community college for students who can keep their grades up.
It will be interesting to see how the young vote, and the minority vote, stacks up for Sanders. Will it be enough to elect him to the highest office in the land?