As the 2016 election approaches, the question over how to handle racial tension in the United States remains front and present for all candidates. Some candidates argue that the United States has come a long way in promoting equality and must reduce its role in programs that lift minority populations, such as affirmative action for higher education. Others believe that the United States still has significant progress to make in the direction of full racial equality. Bernie Sanders spoke at Liberty University today, addressing racial tension within the nation.
The interviewer questioned Sanders, "if you were elected president, what would you do to bring healing and resolution to the issue of racism in our country?” Sanders received a resounding applause for his answer, in which he said, “I would hope and I believe that every person in this room today understands that it is unacceptable to judge people, to discriminate against people based on the color of their skin.”
The comment from his speech that has gained the most media attention pertains to America's roots. Sanders, who holds strong contempt for the 'system', argued that the United States was founded on racist principles. "As a nation– the truth is, that a nation which in many ways was created, and I’m sorry to have to say this, from way back on racist principles, that’s a fact– we have come a long way as a nation." He explained that by voting for Barack Obama, the country made a serious step forward in the direction of racial equality.
Do you agree with Sanders that the United States was founded on racist principles? Has the nation come a long way, seeing that Barack Obama was elected?