Jill Stein’s VP choice thinks Bernie Sanders is a capitalist-imperalist

Green party presidential nominee Jill Stein has reportedly picked a vice presidential nominee. And boy does he hate Bernie Sanders.

Stein has reportedly settled on self-proclaimed “human rights activist, organizer and geo-political analyst” Ajamu Baraka.

And Baraka is no fan of Bernie.

Here is what Baraka had to say about Sanders last September. (Trigger warning: Much of what follows is barely comprehensible — Baraka is not a fan of punctuation.)

In their desperate attempt to defend Sanders and paint his critics as dogmatists and purists, the Sanders supporters have not only fallen into the ideological trap of a form of narrow “left” nativism, but also the white supremacist ethical contradiction that reinforces racist cynicism in which some lives are disposable for the greater good of the West.

And as much as the ‘Sandernistas ’ attempt to disarticulate Sanders “progressive” domestic policies from his documented support for empire (even the Obamaite aphorism “The perfect is the enemy of the good” is unashamedly deployed), it should be obvious that his campaign is an ideological prop – albeit from a center/left position – of the logic and interests of the capitalist-imperialist settler state.

The silence of the left on Yemen is not a trivial matter. The fact that so many white leftist supporters of Sanders can politically and psychologically disconnect his domestic program from his foreign policy positions that objectively support U.S. and Western neoliberal hegemony means that not only have they found a way to be comfortable collaborating with imperialism, but that they have also decided that they can support the implicit hierarchy that determines from an imperial perspective that lives in the White West matter more than others.

Yes, that last bit was one sentence.

Oh, and the good news from Baraka — not every Bernie supporter is a racist:

This is not to suggest that everyone who might find a way to support Sanders is a closet racist and supporter of imperialism. I know plenty of folks of all backgrounds who “feel the Bern.” There is, however, an objective logic to their uncritical support that they cannot escape and which I believe represents the ongoing crisis of radicalism in the U.S. and Europe.

Baraka went on to refer to the United States as:

“This corrupt, degenerate, white supremacist monstrosity called the United States.”

He seems nice.

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