Happy Friday friends!
I’ll use the start of this post as a reminder to watch the upcoming (OCt. 3) premier of PBS’s “Finding Your Roots’ series featuring Bernie:
In the upcoming season premiere of the PBS series “Finding Your Roots,” Bernie Sanders does more than look at a printout of his family tree: He gets emotional when he discovers a relative died while standing up to the Nazis during World War II.
In a clip released to JTA, the Jewish lawmaker is visibly moved as the show’s host, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., asks him how he feels after learning about the relative.
“I’m proud of his courage, and willingly going to his own death in order to protect innocent people,” Sanders says. “So I’m very, very proud that I have a family member who showed that type of courage and decency.”
“It’s one of the bravest acts I’ve heard of,” responds Gates, a historian who has hosted the show since it first aired in 2012.
In the clip, Sanders goes on to say that he got involved in politics in part to “prevent the descent of humanity” into Nazi behavior.
“It just makes us realize how hard we have got to work to not descend into this type of barbarity and to create a world where people can love each other,” he says. “That’s what this reinforces in me.”
I’ll of course have the entire clip up after it airs.
Now to to the comments for the news of the day, including:
*Bernie Sanders Meets With Prominent Palestinian Activist Targeted by Israel and Abbas
*A new shock doctrine: in a world of crisis, morality can still win by Naomi Klein
*Bernie Sanders Group Backing Socialist Candidate In Council Race
*In Shadow of Puerto Rico’s Nightmare, Virgin Islands and Others Facing Intense Struggle
*Randy Bryce Dodges Forum with Democratic Primary Challenger, Cathy Myers
*Nina Turner & Our Revolution