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Leftist Slams Bernie Sanders' Mittens as a 'Sign of White Supremacy'

San Francisco teacher blasts senator's fashion as 'white privilege and male privilege'

 on 2nd February 2021 @ 12.00pm
sen  bernie sanders  i vt  has been accused of exhibiting  white privilege  with his mittens © press
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has been accused of exhibiting 'white privilege' with his mittens

A California leftist has spoken out to slam Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) choice of clothing for Joe Biden's inauguration as a "sign of white supremacy."

University of California-Berkeley professor Ingrid Seyer-Ochi has been ridiculed for her "performative wokeness" after she blasted Sanders for wearing mittens, claiming the senator's decision was a lesson in "white privilege and male privilege."

Seyer-Ochi took aim at Sanders in a San Francisco Chronicle op-ed published on Sunday, nearly two weeks after the socialist lawmaker and his mittens took the Internet by storm. 

She criticized the 79-year-old senator for wrapping up against the cold in his mittens and winter coat.

She claims that Sanders' female colleagues, and especially women of color such as Kamala Harris, did not have the same opportunity to dress down for such a prestigious event.

She then goes on to accuse Sanders of manifesting symbols of white supremacy through his fashion choices.

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Ingrid Seyer-Ochi claims Bernie Sanders' mittens show he 'manifests privilege, white privilege, male privilege'

"Sen. Sanders is no white supremacist insurrectionist," she wrote.

"But he manifests privilege, white privilege, male privilege, and class privilege, in ways that my students could see and feel," Seyer-Ochi, who earns six figures working for the San Francisco Unified School District, claims.

"We’ve been studying diversity and discrimination in the United States; my students were ready," Seyer-Ochi adds.

"What did they see? They saw a white man in a puffy jacket and huge mittens, distant not only in his social distancing but in his demeanor and attire,” she continues.

“A wealthy, incredibly well-educated and -privileged white man, showing up for perhaps the most important ritual of the decade, in a puffy jacket and huge mittens,” she added.

In Sanders’ defense, he shows up to nearly every event — even ones associated with his own presidential campaign — clad in the same $200 Burton Edgecomb down parka.

He makes no exceptions, even for his former rival, Joe Biden.

He’s also reportedly responsible for starting a high fashion trend with the iconic appearance — “grumpy chic” — and, by selling his own meme merchandise, raised nearly $2 million for the underprivileged in Vermont.

Seyer-Ochi, though, saw Sanders’ appearance as an insult, and while she draws a distinction between Sanders and the rioters who attacked the United States Capitol on January 6th, it’s a distinction, she says, without a difference.

“I don’t know many poor, or working-class, or female, or struggling-to-be-taken-seriously folk who would show up at the inauguration of our 46th president dressed like Bernie,” she concludes.

Sanders, of course, is a socialist — a label he gives himself — and it’s likely that he would eschew dressing in an expensive suit, largely because the idea is frivolous.

It’s possible his most dedicated followers would find fault with he very idea; certainly, his fellow socialists, like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) have made headlines when donning expensive suits while claiming to represent the interests of the working poor.

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Bernie Sanders' mittens made him a surprise Internet hit

In a year when poverty spiked more than it has in decades, Democrats were out in force in designer attire for Biden’s swearing-in.

Michelle Obama’s silk mask by designer Christy Rilling cost a cool $45.

Elements of her couture Sergio Hudson ensemble retail for between $400 and $1000.

Her coat retails for more than Americans received in their December COVID-19 stimulus check.

Obama’s outfit should be considered a dollop of perfection, per Seyer-Ochi.

“We talked about gender and the possible meanings of the attire chosen by Vice President Kamala Harris, Dr. Jill Biden, the Biden grandchildren, Michelle Obama, Amanda Gorman, and others,” she said of her class.

“We referenced the female warriors inspiring these women, the colors of their educational degrees and their monochromatic ensembles of pure power.”

Bernie, however, needs to try harder.

“When you see privilege, you know it,” she wrote.

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