Muslim Student Asks About Islamaphobia | Bernie Sanders
Questioner: With the growing Islamophobia in this country, if you look at all the Republican candidates, in order to feed into their constituents, they are talking about Islamophobia and constantly bashing Muslims in the media. Ben Carson, Donald Trump – the biggest bigots. As an American Muslim student who aspires to change this world… Thank you. Thank you. As an American Muslim student who aspires to change the world, currently majoring in International Conflict Analysis & Resolution, and I hope to be a human rights attorney, hearing the rhetoric that’s going on in the media makes me sick. I as an individual am constantly trying to raise awareness and make sure that everyone is treated equally in this country. So, to the next President of the United States, what do you think about that? Bernie: This is what I think. Let me be very personal here if I might. I’m Jewish. My father’s family died in concentration camps. I will do everything that I can to rid this country of the ugly stain of racism, which has existed for far too many years. Let me tell you something. What racism is about is many, many things. It is pent-up hatred that is lashing out at people in uncontrollable and stupid ways, but it is something very different than that. For many years in this country, you have had politicians – and I’m old enough to know this – who played black off against white. So they told white workers who were earning pennies an hour, “Hey! You think you’re in trouble? You’re better off than the blacks who can’t drink at a water fountain, or go to your school.” And they told straight people, “Well, you think you got problems? You’re better off than those gay people!” Right? And they told men against women. We play one group off against another. Rich got richer. Everybody else is fighting with each other. Our job is to build a nation in which we all stand together as one people. You are right. There is a lot of anger and hatred being generated against Muslims in this country. That’s absolutely correct. There is hatred being generated against immigrants in this country. If we stand for anything, we have got to stand together and end all forms of racism, and I will lead that effort as President of the United States.