I've been trying to steer clear of any political talk here, but my goodness, is this video not one of the most moving political endorsements I've ever seen from any party. It features Erica Garner, the daughter of Eric Garner who was killed in NYPD custody in 2014, talking about her endorsement of Bernie Sanders.
Since the death of her father, Erica Garner has become a vocal and present activist in NYC for the civil rights of black people. She has marched, protested, and put herself front and center in the fight for justice not only for her father but for others like her and her family who are treated different because of the color of their skin.
Erica explains in a blog post on her website that the video was not the work of the Bernie Sanders to specifically featuring her in order to gain more support from black voters. This video was 100% her message and her views.
Last week we made a commercial to express to the world exactly why I am endorsing Bernie Sanders for President. The Sanders team allowed me and my team full creative control of this video so this message is 100% my message and my views! They had a totally different idea of what should be done, but true to form with Senator Sanders, he listened to me, didn’t tell me he knew better and I was not practical and this is what we produced.
The Senator didn’t reach out to me all of a sudden because he needs help with Black people. He didn’t put out a press conference announcing that we would be working together. He didn’t force me to frame my support of him around a subject matter that special interest groups that support him can get behind. They said we are glad to have your support, how do you want to plug in. You will see a lot of Black leaders handing out endorsements, think to yourself, have they historically been a rubber stamp for the establishment? I hope this expresses why I think Bernie is our guy!