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Michelle Alexander: Why Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Deserve the Black Vote

Why Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Deserve the Black Vote
From the crime bill to welfare reform, policies Bill Clinton enacted—and Hillary Clinton supported—decimated black America.
By Michelle Alexander * February 29, 2016 * The Nation

Hillary Clinton loves black people. And black people love Hillary—or so it seems. Black politicians have lined up in droves to endorse her, eager to prove their loyalty to the Clintons in the hopes that their faithfulness will be remembered and rewarded. Black pastors are opening their church doors, and the Clintons are making themselves comfortably at home once again, engaging effortlessly in all the usual rituals associated with “courting the black vote,” a pursuit that typically begins and ends with Democratic politicians making black people feel liked and taken seriously. Doing something concrete to improve the conditions under which most black people live is generally not required.

Hillary is looking to gain momentum on the campaign trail as the primaries move out of Iowa and New Hampshire and into states like South Carolina, where large pockets of black voters can be found. According to some polls, she leads Bernie Sanders by as much as 60 percent among African Americans. It seems that we—black people—are her winning card, one that Hillary is eager to play.

And it seems we’re eager to get played. Again. ~snip~

Black voters have been remarkably loyal to the Clintons for more than 25 years. It’s true that we eventually lined up behind Barack Obama in 2008, but it’s a measure of the Clinton allure that Hillary led Obama among black voters until he started winning caucuses and primaries. Now Hillary is running again. This time she’s facing a democratic socialist who promises a political revolution that will bring universal healthcare, a living wage, an end to rampant Wall Street greed, and the dismantling of the vast prison state—many of the same goals that Martin Luther King Jr. championed at the end of his life. Even so, black folks are sticking with the Clinton brand.

What have the Clintons done to earn such devotion? Did they take extreme political risks to defend the rights of African Americans? Did they courageously stand up to right-wing demagoguery about black communities? Did they help usher in a new era of hope and prosperity for neighborhoods devastated by deindustrialization, globalization, and the disappearance of work?

No. Quite the opposite.


Latest Bernie smear: "Snake Oil Salesman Extraordinaire"

Probably a good thing I've been banned from posting here:

Quotes by Sanders' Congressional colleagues

8 Quotes From Congress About Bernie Sanders
By HumanOfEarth * Wednesday Feb 10, 2016 * Kos

1) Senator Jeff Sessions — Republican, Alabama
“I’ve always respected Bernie and we’ve gotten along personally well.”
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2) Senator Jack Reed — Democrat, Rhode Island
“ a gentleman, thoughtful, a leader… If you want to have a pleasant discussion on not only policy issues but just issues of the day, he’s a pleasant guy.”
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3) Senator Richard Burr — Republican, North Carolina
“ one who’s willing to sit down and compromise and negotiate to get to a final product.”
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4) Senator Roger Wicker — Republican, Mississippi
“I learned early on not to be automatically dismissive of a Bernie Sanders initiative or amendment… He’s tenacious and dogged and he has determination, and he’s not to be underestimated.”
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5) Senator Sherrod Brown — Democrat, Ohio
“ would call them ‘tripartite amendments’ because we’d have him and he’d get a Republican, he’d get a Democrat and he’d pass things.

He’s good at building coalitions.”
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6) Senator John Mccain — Republican, Arizona
“, I found him to be honorable and good as his word.”
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7) Senator Chuck Schumer — Democrat, New York
“He knew when to hold and knew when to fold and, I think, maximized what we could get for veterans.”
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8)Senator Jack Reed — Democratic, Rhode Island (again)
“Frankly, without him, I don’t think we would have gotten done…

It was a great testament to his skill as a legislator.”

You constantly hear about how Bernie Sanders is disliked by his colleagues — but this is simply untrue.

A simple Google search will reveal otherwise, and the fact that the media portrays him in such a different light says far more about them, and the lack of substantial journalism in this country, than Bernie Sanders himself.

He is excellent at building coalitions, compromising, and getting things done.

He is well-liked and well-respected by other senators, and has often worked with them to bring real change to the American people ( Sanders passed the most amendments of any representative serving alongside him while in the House).


Thanks to my heart-givers. Back at you w/good cheer & happy-heart vibes.

Hillary is insisting that if Bernie beats her by over 9%, then Bernie WINS!!!

Thank you Hillary. I'm glad you said that actually.

Bobby Mook, Clinton Campaign Mgr. "Bernie has some explaining to do" re: Martha's Vineyard

Bernie "raising 100s of thousands of dollars from establishment lobbyists for his Senate
campaign in Vermont".

Chuck Todd: "well, i guess he will need to answer to that" ..

When is Bernie going to put this one to rest, in the graveyard of bogus & ridiculous attacks
on Bernie by Hillary people, now about those Martha's Vineyards gigs.

My understand it that those were raising money for ALL US Senators the Democrats want
to see RE-ELECTED, that there were many sources of funds (not just corporate lobbyists),
and that by participating, Bernie was actually supporting other Dems, running for US Senate
and not just his own campaigns.

Do I have this ^ wrong? Is there some big 'scandal' here? Seems to me if Bernie had NOT
participated he'd be pilloried for "not being a loyal Democrat".

CNN: Clinton announcing a "single-digit loss will be a win" for her. nt

Rachael's Pre-election Day Show: ALL about Yuuge interview w/Hillary. Bill attacks Bernie,

Clinton comments, Clinton responds, Clinton this, Clinton that..... wow.

Are NH voters really that gullible? To fall for this last-minute M$M hard-sell?

I guess we shall see.

ON EDIT: Rachael did say later on Larry O'Donnell's show that she'd asked
Bernie to be on too, but he declined re: prior commitments and all. So there
is that. PLUS during that 4-way conversation with Rachael, O'Donnell and
David Corn, Hillary was fairly even-handed and not Bernie-bashing at all.

So I'm trying to be fair here, with my little update.

Clinton News Network is working overtime on steroids today

Blitzed had Jeff Weaver on for a few brief moments, just long enough to pepper him with
curve-balls and accusatory questions, which Weaver never quite caught up to, then BOOM,
interview over ... NEXT UP: Hillary Clinton campaign guy for 10-12 minutes of Bernie-bashing,
Wolff sets it up, Clinton shill goes on about how horrible Bernie is, Wolf sets up again... etc.
etc. And it was brutal 1/2-baked nonsense coming from Camp Clinton.

Frankly I couldn't take more than 2 minutes into the Hillary guy, but I did get my kitchen
cleaned up waiting for it to be over.

Did anyone else catch that, just a few minutes ago on CNN?

Capitalism, Slavery, Racism and Imprisonment of People of Color Cannot Be Separated

Capitalism, Slavery, Racism and Imprisonment of People of Color Cannot Be Separated
By Mark Karlin * Sunday, 07 February 2016 * Truthout | Interview

Slavery didn't end; it evolved. That's the powerful argument made in Slaves of the State by Dennis Childs. Ever since a clause in the 13th Amendment allowed for enslavement as "punishment for crime," the groundwork has been laid for the prison industrial complex to function as the 21st century equivalent of chattel slavery. Order your copy of this eye-opening book by making a donation to Truthout today!

The following is an interview with Dr. Dennis Childs, author of Slaves of the State: Black Incarceration From the Chain Gang to the Penitentiary.

Mark Karlin: Can you summarize the tragic irony of the 13th Amendment's "exception clause"?

Dennis Childs: Yes, what I describe in the book along these lines is something that prisoners, activists and scholars from Angela Davis to Assata Shakur have spoken about for years - the fact that what is indisputably the most progressive document in US legal history, the 13th Amendment of the US Constitution that freed African slaves, actually reinstituted enslavement through racial, capitalist, misogynist imprisonment. The language of the amendment states, "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist in the United States."

This punitive exception represented legal cover for what, in Slaves of the State, I describe as an overall system of public-private neoslavery from the chain gang, to the prison plantation, peonage and the convict-lease system - the last of which represented an outright genocidal system where private corporations such as US Steel would work prisoners in industries ranging from turpentining, to coal and iron mining, to agricultural production. The death rates at convict-lease camps were absolutely staggering, reaching as high as 50 percent per annum. But, as I argue in the book, the exception clause ushered in a system of neoslavery that continues to submit prisoners to conditions that amount to a collectivized situation of "living death," or what Mumia Abu-Jamal defines as "slow death" under the prison industrial complex (PIC).

Mark Karlin: Let's start historically. How did the "exception clause" allow for the reinstitution of many Black people into slavery through incarceration in the years after the Civil War was over?

Dennis Childs: Speaking historically, it is actually improper to speak of a single exception clause since the punitive exception goes at least as far back as the Northwest Ordinance in 1787 (and since prison slavery itself, going as far back as Roman antiquity). Specifically, the Northwest Ordinance contained a provision outlawing slavery in the territories of modern-day Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota, but also contained a provision allowing for the enslavement of a person upon "due conviction" by law. This punitive exception then extended right up to the eve of the Civil War through various "Black Codes" and "Black Laws" in Northern and border states from Maryland to Indiana to Ohio, all of which allowed for the public auctioning of Africans (both free and slave) for "crimes" such as simply stepping foot in one of these "racially restrictionist" states, fleeing from a master or burning down a jail.

Much Much More: http://www.truth-out.org/progressivepicks/item/34726-capitalism-slavery-racism-and-imprisonment-of-people-of-color-cannot-be-separated
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