Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders participated Friday in a forum focused on the Black experience in America, and specifically in Minnesota, home to some of the worst racial disparities in the country. The event was live streamed on The UpTake and is available here as a video replay.
Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC), a group advocating for social and economic justice held the forum at the Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis. The group says the forum “represents a historic opportunity for community members to converse with a presidential candidate and ask for real responses about the pressing issues facing Black communities.”
As the forum was winding down, the co-founder of the American Indian Movement, Clyde Bellecourt, made a rather long speech and then asked Sanders if he as president would honor the treaties Native Americans have made with the U.S. Government.
“Native American people have gotten a terrible deal from the federal government and I will do everything I can to redress that, absolutely,” said Sanders as he then said goodbye and had to head off to another event.
Sanders answer did not satisfy Bellecourt. “You still haven’t answered the question. You still haven’t answered the question,” said Bellecourt as Sanders left the stage.
Sanders had to leave quickly because he was due in St. Paul for the DFL’s Humphrey/Mondale Dinner where he and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke. That event starts at 6pm and will also be live streamed on The UpTake.