‘Slaves in many, many ways’: Bernie Sanders once compared Vermont workers to black slaves

Sen. Bernie Sanders once compared the experience of Vermont workers in the 1970s to that of black slaves.

Sanders, 78, reportedly said the plight Vermont workers faced was comparable to that of black slaves in 18th- and 19th-century United States, according to the Daily Beast.

“We believe, ultimately, that companies like Vermont Marble should be owned by the workers themselves and that workers — not a handful of owners — should be determining policy,” the future senator said in 1976. “If a worker at Vermont Marble has no say about who owns the company he works for and that major changes can take place without his
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