Erica Garner, daughter of Eric Garner, who was murdered by police officers in New York, is endorsing Bernie Sanders for President. Eric Garner’s death made national headlines when it happened and again when the Grand Jury refused to indict the officers involved. NYC eventually settled out of court for monetary damages.
Here is Erica Garner’s statement regarding the making and production of her endorsement commercial, as posted on her website:
Last week we made a commercial to express to the world exactly why I am endorsing Bernie Sanders for President. The Sanders team allowed me and my team full creative control of this video so this message is 100% my message and my views! They had a totally different idea of what should be done, but true to form with Senator Sanders, he listened to me, didn’t tell me he knew better and I was not practical and this is what we produced.
The Senator didn’t reach out to me all of a sudden because he needs help with Black people. He didn’t put out a press conference announcing that we would be working together. He didn’t force me to frame my support of him around a subject matter that special interest groups that support him can get behind. They said we are glad to have your support, how do you want to plug in. You will see a lot of Black leaders handing out endorsements, think to yourself, have they historically been a rubber stamp for the establishment? I hope this expresses why I think Bernie is our guy!