Bernie Sanders Speaks Out at Liberty University, Says America was Founded on “Racist Principles”

Socialist and Democrat candidate for President Bernie Sanders spoke out at Liberty University earlier this week and said some… controversial things. However, he began by saying something remarkably true but not often practiced on the American political scene today.

“I came here today because I believe, from the bottom of my heart, that it is vitally important for those of us who hold different views to be able to engage in a civil discourse. Too often in our country, and I think both sides bear responsibility for this, there is too much shouting at each other, there is too much making fun of each other.”

After that, much of what he said was controversial at Liberty University, and would be just as controversial in more than half of the country.

How does Bernie Sanders continue to gain momentum? Don’t most Democrats realize that the man is a socialist? Do they even care anymore?

Question: If you were elected president, what would you do to bring healing and resolution to the issue of racism in our country? We both want to see that go away. What steps would you begin to take if you were our leader in that resolved? 

BERNIE SANDERS: That is an excellent question. 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…

And I would also say that as a nation, the truth is, that a nation in which many ways was created, and I’m sorry to have to say this, from way back, on racist principles, we have, a long way as a nation.

My guess is that probably not everybody here is an admirer or voted for Barack Obama. But the point is, in 2008, this country took a huge step forward in voting for a candidate based on his ideas and not the color of his skin…

And whether you like Obama or not, and I do, he is a friend of mine and I work with him on many issues, that is a step forward for America.

But let me also say what everybody here knows, and my thoughts having just returned from South Carolina, we all know to what degree racism remains alive in this country. I cannot understand, I really cannot. I think about it, I try to understand it, how a sick man can walk into a bible study class, discuss the bible, pray with people in the room, and then take out a gun and kill nine of them because the color of their skins were different…

Let us be clear. When you have unarmed African Americans shot by police officers something which has been going on for years, that is also institutional racism and cries out for reform.

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Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Romulus Marketing. He's also the managing editor at, and the managing partner at You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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