And again. It's not racist to attack the Sanders campaign. It definitely is playing into a narrative foisted on us by a economic order that is terrified of being reformed. But Sanders is hardly identified with POC. If anything we have had the opposite problem.
I'm going to type out verbatim the problem from a book called The Chapo Guide to Revolution, which is funny and brilliant and very rude. This is the entire Democratic party problem for the last 30 years. Ahem.
For a long time people had a crude but basically correct understanding of culture’s relationship to politics: Marx’s idea that the “superstructure” of society – law, morality, and culture – arises out of the economic meat grinder hidden underneath, the “base.” This rough version of the theory gets criticized as simplistic, and to be fair, it is: there are all kinds of inputs and outputs that determine culture, and there’s plenty of good criticism of this bastardized version of Marx. Still, as far as we’re concerned, it’s always better to err on the side of this crude theory than to go in the opposite direction, the For Dummies version of Antonio Gramsci: the idea that a nation’s culture is self-reinforcing and affects all other walks of life, so if you change the culture, you can change the political reality.
In the 80s and 90s liberals went with the latter approach and that has made all the difference: the end of economic and political power of the working class, the triumph in cultural institutions of the Left while at the same time the re-institution of the worst excesses of 19th century Gilded Cage neo-feudal plutocracy.
Sanders is returning us to an economic focus but the people who have made their mental states (and their careers) dependent on the culture focus find this terrifying and incomprehensible. They think it repudiates their commitment to social justice (it doesn't) so they attack it as being white, privileged, entitled, yada yadda.
And the billionaires sit back and laugh and provide distractions here and there when it looks like the voters might actually start thinking in terms of their economic self-interest again. What else are Schultz and Delaney and Bloomberg doing running for the Dem nomination other than trying to ensure that the Democrats never adopt the redistribution policies that built the middle class in the first place and which incidentally will reduce them from being infinitely rich to merely obscenely wealthy?