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Bernie Sanders is emerging as a rising star in the growing race for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, and some are crowning the Independent Vermont senator as a possible front-runner. However, a weekend stop in Pheonix, Ariz. along with fellow hopeful Martin O’Malley might have been the spark to an interesting and slanderous hashtag this weekend, “#BernieSoBlack.”

As reported by The Guardian, Sanders and O’Malley were featured speakers at the Netroots Nation conference in the Grand Canyon state this past Saturday and were greeted by protestors in support of the “Black Lives Matter” movement.

While O’Malley was pretty much shut down by the relentless chants of “Black Lives Matter” and “Say Her Name” from protesters, Sanders was a bit smoother in his handling of the situation but was far from flawless.

In the end, both candidates showed support of the movement and decried police brutality against Black people but it might not have been enough for the hecklers or online onlookers. Foolishly, someone at Sanders’ Twitter account fouled up the #SayHerName hashtag and it really went sour fast for the senator from that point on.

Whether or not this was the impetus behind the sparking of the #BernieSoBlack tag can’t be determined, but popular Twitter user and The Black Guy Who Tips main host,  Roderick “Rodimus Prime” Morrow was said to be the originator. In any case, Sanders is catching hell online right now.

Check the following pages to check out the #BernieSoBlack slander inspired by Democratic presidential hopeful, Bernie Sanders.

Photo: “Bernie Sanders” by United States Congress – http://sanders.senate.gov/. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

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