New film evidence has emerged that appears to show a young man who would grow up to be Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) being arrested at a civil rights protest in Chicago, in the early 1960s. The mainstream media and his rivals for the presidency have been attempting to discredit his participation and undermine his commitment to minority issues, but this video appears to show concrete proof that Sanders was in fact at an August 5th, 1963 protest against the racism that drove the University of Chicago’s housing program.
This video was recorded by Jerry Temaner, a co-founder of Kartemquin Films, which confirms information from a press clipping that shows one Bernard Sanders, then the chapter president of the Congress for Racial Equality at the University of Chicago, charged with resisting arrest. It’s more proof that Sanders’ passion for racial issues extends as far back as his passion for socioeconomic issues – which is natural for a true progressive who understands that both of those crises are closely linked together.
Watch it here, courtesy of Shaun King at the NY Daily News:
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.