UPDATE: Hillary Clinton has formally declined the invite to attend this forum on racial issues, according to a press release from Neighborhoods Organizing for Change.The release also expands on the discussion's agenda, saying it will address "how the federal government can divest public resources from structures that cause and widen our racial disparities, and invest in radical solutions being developed in ... communities of color." The race talk will be a ticketed event, and space is limited, though no further information was given about the time it will take place or when, where, and how to get those tickets.
<!————StartFragment————>Bernie Sanders has agreed to attend an event in north Minneapolis Friday for a forum on "Black America," according to organizers with Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, who made the announcement Sunday.
The discussion will be held at the Capri Theater on Broadway. Aside from the day and the location, not much else is available at this time; a spokeswoman for the theater said the contract was still being finalized, and more information should be available later today. Also unclear is the full lineup onstage at the event, and whether Bernie will be the only presidential candidate participating.
Sanders and Hillary Clinton are scheduled to be in town that night anyway: Both are "special guests" at the Humphrey-Mondale dinner, an annual fundraiser for the DFL Party, also on Friday. NOC organizer Mike Griffin said the group invited Hillary Clinton to appear onstage at Capri, but has yet to hear back from her campaign.
Griffin tried baiting Hillary's camp into an affirmative response, asking if the former Secretary of State would find a forum on black issues important enough, or if she was only in town for "swanky DFL fundraisers."
A recent survey by Public Policy Polling found Clinton with a huge lead over Sanders, 82 percent to 8 percent, among black voters nationwide. It's by far Clinton's biggest advantage over Sanders among any demographic tested; whites gave Hillary 46 percent to 38 percent edge, and Hispanics favor Clinton 48 percent to 36 percent. Her lead among black voters can be attributed partly to a name recognition gap.
Both Clinton and Sanders got an "unfavorable" rating from about a quarter of black respondents. But Hillary got a "favorable" finding from 71 percent, while Bernie was seen as "favorable" by 59 percent of African Americans, with another 18 percent "not sure."
Meaning, some black voters might like Sanders, but, despite Killer Mike's support, just don't know him well enough. Events like Friday's could help. <!————EndFragment————>