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.
And there is always this: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/h-a-goodman/marco-rubio-and-hillary-clinton-accepted_b_9191868.html .
Our challenge is to make sure that all voters of color know that Bernie was marching with MLK before a majority of all voters were born. Bernie is not an eleventh hour arrival to the civil rights/equality movement, he is part of its fabric.
William Failkner: "The past is never dead. It's not even past." And Bernie cannot undo his vote with the Clinton Administration by pretending that vote never happened. Bernie's vote for the 1994 Bill Clinton Crime Bill needs some explanation by Bernie. Otherwise, why should any black citizen vote for him? Wake up and feel the Bern! The revolution still is not being televised. It will swallow up those who pretend it is not present, alive and well. Even Bernie if need be. The lesser evil is far from the greater good.
What a strange article. After presenting an excellent recap of recent Black history, she trots out the reparation issue, again, not a word about Hillary's, or Obama's, or any other political figures' postion on reparations, but Bernie is to be chastised for his positon, which I, and not a few Black people find more than reasonable. When people of such high quality as Ms. Alexander, and an opinion maker, come to such conclusions, I don't think it likely Bernie will be able to gain significant inroads in the Black community. Surely, one of the supreme ironies of this campaign is the rather revolutionary notion that one's past positions and endeavors mean little or nothing. A notion I find to be utter nonsense, and a rejection of that old adage that the past is often prelude.
What a depressing way to start this victory morning. Keep on message Mr. Sanders, your message of inclusion, and let the chips fall where they may.
As Michelle Alexander points out, Bernie's understanding of black issues is far from perfect, but Sanders is still better than Clinton. If Bernie wants to make a real splash, he will announce Michelle Alexander as his Vice Presidential running mate. At the very least, if Sanders is elected as our new president, he should choose Mrs. Alexander to head up the Department of Justice.
African-Americans have been getting screwed by both parties since the founding of the United States. The Civil War replaced slaves with slave wage earners. "Reconstruction" was a code word for constructing a racially divided society. The Civil Rights era replaced 'segregation' with 'mass incarceration' which is still firing on all cylinders. Not only must we replace mass incarceration with mass pardons, but the entire country should work overtime to bring racial justice to the victims of this brutal plot to criminalize our most marginalized group.
We have evolved over the years accepting things like gay marriage or the right for women to vote, but our understanding of how the system is rigged to keep African-Americans down, is still widely misunderstood. Comments like... "if they (African-Americans) didn't break the law, they wouldn't be in jail." reveals a simplistic, but corporate friendly narrative that prevents our society as a whole in engaging in a serious discussion of the reasons behind our present unequal and unfair status quo. What too many people don't understand either, is that by raising the standard of living for all African-Americans and ending a racially biased justice system, it would benefit all poor Americans regardless of the colour of their skin.
NO, the Clinton dynasty does not deserve the support of Black or progressive Americans! They have talked the talk but delivered for the status quo, corporate profits/domination and big-money - an MO continued under Barack Obama!
From The Nation article...
" Bill Clinton made the economy his top priority and argued persuasively that conservatives were using race to divide the nation and divert attention from the failed economy. In practice, however, he capitulated entirely to the right-wing backlash against the civil-rights movement"
" weeks before the critical New Hampshire primary, (Bill) Clinton proved his toughness by flying back to Arkansas to oversee the execution of Ricky Ray Rector, a mentally impaired black man who had so little conception of what was about to happen to him that he asked for the dessert from his last meal to be saved for him for later. After the execution, Clinton remarked, “I can be nicked a lot, but no one can say I’m soft on crime.” "
" Bill Clinton presided over the largest increase in federal and state prison inmates of any president in American history. Clinton did not declare the War on Crime or the War on Drugs—those wars were declared before Reagan was elected and long before crack hit the streets—but he escalated it beyond what many conservatives had imagined possible."
These actions among many others, including NAFTA and presiding over the rescission of Glass-Steagall leading to economic collapse for millions except the wealthy and banker/wall St parasites, are what Bill was and is about and Hillary fully represents - The Black community has been sold a bag o lies and used by the Clintons!
Bernie Sanders is also much more deserving of the Latino vote.
Since he first got into a political office, in the 1980's, Bernie Sanders has stood up for Latinos.
As Mayor of Burlington, Sanders was an outspoken critic of the US military support for Death Squads in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and El Salvador. Sanders got Burlington to adopt the Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua as a sister city and raised funds for humanitarian relief. He repeatedly called for an end to the US military and financial support for Nicaraguan Contras and the military in El Salvador.
During this period of time, Bill Clinton was elected governor of Arkansas. Hillary was not an outspoken critic of the US backed wars against the Guatemalan, Nicaraguan, and Salvadorian people. Later, emails revealed by wikileaks, revealed that Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton expressed support for the right wing leaders of the military coup in Honduras.
During his time as Senator, Sanders has always supported a focus on building an economy that benefits the 99% who are not plutocrats. Most Latinos fall toward the bottom of the 99%. Sanders minimum wage increase, universal health care, and free public education will help most Latinos.
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I think it is time that the old story about the Clinton's be aired out.
They have not fought for the black people and in fact many of the things they have stood for have hurt the black community very much.
It's a good time to take another look at the last years and then decide. Bernie has been fighting for and with the black people since the 60's. Period!!!
There is also a 'pivot east' since the Clintons' activities in Latin America. While Bill C was prsident and Hillary was Sec'y.
"He [Bernie] was wrong to dismiss reparations as 'divisive,' as though centuries of slavery, segregation, discrimination, ghettoization, and stigmatization aren’t worthy of any specific acknowledgement or remedy.": Of course the descendants of this horrific history deserve specific acknowledgement and remedy but wouldn't it be a better remedy--thus seeing to it that the seeds of racism and inequality are deracinated from the national consciousness--to implement a system of true equality--true socialism--that would see to the needs of everyone? After all the karmic debt of the USA includes the genocide and theft of indigenous lives and land and the many victims around the globe from its imperial wars. Ta-Nehisi Coats has chosen to support Bernie and I suspect so will Michelle. I did not find her article depressing at all only some food for thought for Bernie. I really do hope he finds his way to addressing the serious and ongoing repression/cultural genocide of the First Nations.
Worth the read and reflection:
it took a second reading for me to see that the author is not endorsing Bernie. it's a shame. He's the guy to back to see real progress on any of the issues she is discussing.
I respect your point of view, I am quite familiar with the mistreatment of Native Americans through graduate work, and their history is one of the darkest pages in U. S. History. I am glad to hear Mr. Coates decided to support Bernie. See: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2016/02/ta-nehisi-coates-case-for-reparations-bernie-sanders-racism/ This pretty much sums up why a lot of us were upset with Mr. Coates.
Bernie Sander's early political history: While at the University of Chicago, Sanders was active in the Civil Rights Movement as a student organizer for the Congress of Racial Equality and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. In January 1962, Sanders led a rally at the University of Chicago administration building to protest university president George Wells Beadle's segregated campus housing policy.
"We feel it is an intolerable situation when Negro and white students
of the university cannot live together in university-owned apartments,"
Sanders said at the protest. Sanders and 32 other students then entered
the building and camped outside the president's office, performing the first civil rights sit-in in Chicago history. After weeks of sit-ins, Beadle and the university formed a commission to investigate discrimination. He once spent a day putting up fliers protesting against police brutality, only to eventually notice that a Chicago police car was shadowing him and taking them all down.
Sanders attended the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech. That summer, he was convicted of resisting arrest during a demonstration against segregation in Chicago's public schools and was fined $25.- Wikipedia
Time for the black community to see who really supports them and then make a decision.
I would not be surprised if Bernie Sanders does surprisingly well in South Carolina, especially among the Black population.
Thanks for the link.
This as well: that immediately in the wake of the verdict in the Simpson-Browne affair, that suddenly, Bill Clinton was all for radical welfare reform, said reform which sailed through Congress and signed into law by Hillary Clinton's husband. How many women and children were cast into living in cars as a result?
So, the White House press sec today told us all that Obama wants Hillary to succeed him.
Question: what did Obama do after Ted Kennedy was buried at Arlington? Suddenly, he eschewed Single Payer and got behind ACA, the concept put forth by the insurance and pharma sectors.
When oh when will one or more of the Kennedys start acting like they've got a pair? Ted spent his entire time in the Senate towards achieving Single Payer. And once he was dead, Obama, despite Caroline's endorsement, gave the entire family the finger. HOW could she ever have agreed to go to Tokyo for him?
It was Bernie that was arrested at a Civil Rights March. It was Bernie that fought to desegregate dorms and schools in Chicago. It was Bernie who walked the streets with Jesse Jackson in Vermont when Jesse was running for President. (And Jesse Jackson WON the state of Vermont!)