Influential black writer Ta-Nehisi Coates is backing Sanders

Influential black writer Ta-Nehisi Coates is backing Sanders
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Writer and intellectual Ta-Nehisi Coates on Wednesday said he will vote for Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton.

In an interview with Democracy Now, Coates said Sanders is the candidate who can do the most to help the black community.

“I will be voting for Senator Sanders,” Coates said. “I have tried to avoid this question, but yes I will be voting for Senator Sanders.”

Coates, the author of the acclaimed essay “The Case for Reparations,” has been critical of Sanders’s reluctance to include policies specific to African-Americans in his welfare platform. But Coates said he would support the Vermont senator’s candidacy, nonetheless.

“One can be very, very critical of Senator Sanders on this specific issue,” he said. “One can say Senator Sanders should have more explicit anti-racist policy within his racial-justice platform, not just more general stuff and still cast a vote for Senator Sanders and still feel that Senator Sanders in the best option that we have in the race.”

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