The media has glossed over minority support for Bernie Sanders and that lack of coverage has helped bring about the Twitter hashtag #BernieMadeMeWhite.
The phrase has become a widespread protest slogan among Bernie Sanders supporters who believe the media is ignoring them because of the color of their skin.
The hashtag became increasingly popular after Sanders pulled off big wins in the Washington, Hawaii, and Alaska wins.
The Post fueled the fire when it published an article titled —“Why did Bernie Sanders dominate Saturday? Caucuses in states with smaller black populations.”
The slogan was coined by “L.,” a.k.a. @tokyovampires, who sent out this tweet:
— L. (@leslieleeiii) March 27, 2016
“I think every POC supporter of Bernie Sanders has had this discussion,” he tweeted. (“POC” = people of color.) “The common narrative in this election that Bernie has a ‘minority problem’ or that all his supporters are ‘bros’ is pervasive, and insulting to the POC and women who support [him]. It hit a peak this morning when Hawaii, the least white state in the nation, retroactively became white or ‘not diverse’ due to the fact that Bernie won it. I said yesterday this would happen, but I still couldn’t really believe it. So, I started #BernieMadeMeWhite.”
The whitewashing of the Sanders campaign has led to quite a few jokes using the hashtag.
#BernieMadeMeWhite. Once I got with Bernie, my insurance rate went down, my life expectancy went up, and my felonies are now misdemeanors!
— fred johnson (@fredjohnson925) March 28, 2016
— ColeRae (@IAmColeRae) March 28, 2016
I'm so thankful that #BernieMadeMeWhite.
Can we stop worrying about racial profiling and hate crimes now? pic.twitter.com/NqE1zD5bSz
— Simran Jeet Singh (@SikhProf) March 28, 2016
Bernie Sanders is definitely the political king of the hashtag movement this year. He also claims #BirdieSanders following a speech in which a tiny bird greeted him at the podium where Sanders was speaking.
So tell us — has Bernie Sanders made you white?