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Why Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Deserve the Black Vote - Michelle Alexander/TheNation

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 - TheNation
Yesterday 6:00 am


Hillary and Bill Clinton in 1992. (Reuters Pictures)

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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.

The love affair between black folks and the Clintons has been going on for a long time. It began back in 1992, when Bill Clinton was running for president. He threw on some shades and played the saxophone on The Arsenio Hall Show. It seems silly in retrospect, but many of us fell for that. At a time when a popular slogan was “It’s a black thing, you wouldn’t understand,” Bill Clinton seemed to get us. When Toni Morrison dubbed him our first black president, we nodded our heads. We had our boy in the White House. Or at least we thought we did.

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.

When Bill Clinton ran for president in 1992...

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SHRED Feb 2016 #1
arcane1 Feb 2016 #2
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tazkcmo Feb 2016 #3
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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Wed Feb 10, 2016, 09:22 PM

1. Why POC support the Clintons is a mystery to me

 

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Wed Feb 10, 2016, 09:38 PM

2. Off topic: that photo of Bill reminds me of the George Steinbrenner character from Seinfeld

 









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Response to arcane1 (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 12, 2016, 01:00 AM

8. Calzone! (n/t)

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Wed Feb 10, 2016, 09:39 PM

3. Good Article.

K n R

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Wed Feb 10, 2016, 09:43 PM

4. Pretty brutal. nt

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Wed Feb 10, 2016, 11:30 PM

5. G'Night Kick !!!

 


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Response to WillyT (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 11, 2016, 11:22 AM

6. Morning Kick !!!

 


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Response to WillyT (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 11, 2016, 01:46 PM

7. And Another...

 


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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Fri Feb 12, 2016, 01:00 AM

9. Damn, long day and lots of interesting stuff being posted.

Bookmarking for later!

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