There is a lot of buzz flying around over Bernie Sanders’ latest endorsement ad, and for good reason. Despite the propaganda storm insisting Sanders doesn’t have support from the African American community, Sanders’ latest ad features an incredibly powerful endorsement from none other than Erica Garner—daughter of the late Eric Garner, one of several iconic victims in recent years of police violence and the root of the internationally known phrase, “I can’t breathe.”
The opening to the four-minute ad features Garner’s daughter talking about how her own daughter is learning about the Civil Rights Movement in school.
“She just learned about Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King. I had to explain to her that it’s not really over,” Garner said, wearing a sweatshirt quoting the last words her father ever spoke—“I can’t breathe.”
Garner first endorsed Sanders for the presidency last month, but this latest ad gives voters an inside look into Garner’s life, which has been personally impacted by so many of the issues plaguing America today—issues that are on the top of Bernie Sanders’ priority list should he attain office. The ad also provides a platform for Garner to speak her mind in her own words. In doing so, she references her father’s murder, stating that she believes a candidate like Bernie Sanders will work to “get the truth out to tell [Eric Garner’s] side of the story.”
“My dad’s name is Eric Garner. No one gets to see their parent’s last moments. I was able to see my dad die on national TV,” she states with a touching piano line behind her.
“They don’t know what they took from us,” she adds. “He wasn’t just someone. He was loved dearly … I’m just trying to get the truth out to tell his side of the story. He was murdered. I never want the world to forget what happened to my dad.”
Garner then moves on to state why she believes Sanders should be the next president of the United States.
“I’m behind anyone who is going to listen, who is going to speak up for us. I think we need to believe in a leader like Bernie Sanders,” she says. “People are dying. This is real. We need a president that will talk about it. I believe Bernie Sanders is a protester. He’s not scared to go up against the criminal justice system. He is not scared.”
Garner likely agreed to be featured in the ad because, as she pointed out in that same editorial last month, to her, “[I]t’s clear. Of all the presidential candidates, Sen. Bernie Sanders is our strongest ally.”
Garner was murdered by police on Staten Island on July 17, 2014, for selling loose cigarettes. Due to the illegal chokehold Officer Daniel Pantaleo applied, Eric Garner lost his life.
Erica Garner’s endorsement comes at a perfect time to defend Sanders in the wake of Rep. John Lewis claiming he has never seen Sanders “in all [his] years” at any Civil Rights events while he simultaneously endorsed Hillary Clinton. However, many were also quick to point out that John Lewis and Sanders did not protest or reside in the same part of the country, but Sanders contributed to civil rights regardless of what John Lewis personally saw.
Garner’s endorsement shows clearly African American voters are as divided between the Democratic candidates as the rest of America, which only goes to show over-reaching claims that Sanders does not have the black vote are nothing more than sensationalist propaganda.
Sanders continues to stand his ground in the polls, caucuses, and primaries against Clinton. Whatever the media and pundits claim about Sanders’ support from the African American community, there is no speculation as to Erica Garner’s powerful endorsement