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After presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) was shut down by Black Lives Matter activists at Netroots Nation yesterday, progressives used the #BernieSoBlack hashtag to debate his storied civil rights legacy on Twitter.

SEE ALSO: NetrootsNation: Black Lives Matter Protesters Shut Down Campaign Speeches

Sanders has a long history of progressive politics in his home state of Virginia, including his stances of healthcare and affordable housing, but problematic stances on Israel and gun control — and suspicions that he’s being used as a sheepdog  candidate to herd radical activists back into the fold of the Democratic Party — have some people expressing ambivalence about him.

This split among progressives came to a head on social media this afternoon and the hashtag #BernieSoBlack was born.

See a view of the funniest below:

Not everyone thought the jokes were funny, though:

With President Obama leaving office, there is a renewed interest in (and expectation of) how the President of the United States should tackle racism and White supremacy.

This is only the beginning.

#BernieSoBlack: Sanders’ Supporters Tout His Civil Rights Record, #BlackTwitter Cracks Jokes  was originally published on