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In The Nation, Michelle Alexander, an African American journalist, writes: “The Clinton’s legacy has been the impoverishment of black America–so why are we still voting for them?” The article comes at a time when Hillary is using black Americans as her “firewall” again opponent Bernie Sanders, who also is proud of his civil rights background. And the South Carolina Primary February 27, will be the first battleground to test the mettle of both candidates before blacks.
“What have the Clintons done to earn such devotion?, Alexander asks. Her answer…Not take extreme political risks defending blacks, not fight right-wing demagoguery about the black communities, not give black communities the hope they needed after industrialization devastation of their neighborhoods. In fact, the writer claims, they did just the opposite. It is true Clinton should not be held accountable for what her husband’s administration did. Or should she be?
Hillary Clinton supported Bill Clinton’s 1994 crime bill using, “…racially coded rhetoric to cast black children as animals. ‘They are not just gangs of kids anymore,’ she said. ‘They are often the kinds of kids that are called ‘super-predators.’ No conscience, no empathy. We can talk about why they ended up that way, but first we have to bring them to heel.’” This kind of discourse is a far cry from what she is saying in South Carolina today.
And while on the recent campaign trail, “…she continues to invoke the economy and country that Bill Clinton left behind as a legacy she would continue.”
Alexander goes on, “When Clinton left office in 2001, the true jobless rate for young, non-college-educated black men (including those behind bars) was 42 percent. This figure was never reported. Instead, the media claimed that unemployment rates for African Americans had fallen to record lows, neglecting to mention that this miracle was possible only because incarceration rates were now at record highs.” Likely because of the 1994 crime bill Hillary supported.
More on this tomorrow, including Bernie Sanders record on civil rights.