Both Clintons now express regret over the crime bill, and Hillary says that she supports criminal-justice reforms to undo some of the damage that was done by her husband’s administration. But on the campaign trail, she continues to invoke the economy and the country Bill Clinton left behind as a legacy she would continue.
So what exactly did the Clinton economy look like for black Americans? Taking a hard look at this recent past is about more than just a choice between two candidates. It’s about whether or not the Democratic Party can finally reckon with what its policies have done to African-American communities, and whether it can redeem itself and rightly earn the loyalty of black voters.
An oft-repeated myth about the Clinton administration is that although it was overly tough on crime back in the 1990s, at least its policies were good for the economy and for black unemployment rates. The truth is more troubling. As unemployment rates sank to historically low levels for white Americans in the 1990s, the jobless rate among black men in their 20s who didn’t have a college degree rose to its highest level ever. This increase in joblessness was propelled by the skyrocketing incarceration rate.
When Bill 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.
Bernie wasn't paid Six Figures in High School as Hillary was for her speeches for the same folks who drove America into the ditch. If she has nothing to hide, then why is she hiding the transcripts of her speeches. This is why I would NEVER vote for her and it proves she and Bernie are Not on the same side.
Free stuff is only a problem when Rich folks aren't at the receiving end for some people. I believe it's telling that Hillary Clinton claims she wants to help people but refuse to support expanding the Public Education system to include College and Trade school. Expanding education opportunities is the fastest way to uplift masses out of poverty, grow our tax base and the economy. Not supporting this tells me Hillary is more concerned about the bankers who give student loans than she about the families and our country that benefit the most. It's not hard to see who Hillary Clinton stands for, it is not the American people.
She supported EVERY harmful policy her husband supported that has destroyed many Black Americans. Her speakers fees are six figures for the same folks who "drove America into the ditch" and she refuses to release copies of them to the People she wants to vote for her. She says she is for the people yet she rejects expanding the public education system to include college and trade schools. That would lift Millions of Americans (she claims to care about ) out of poverty faster than any policy or program. And she is telling Americas we need to remain with the status quo which isn't helping many Americans. She is also a pathological liar as we all know from when she was " Co President and FLOTUS". Here is the perfect example of her lying about her 'great work" at the CDF. I do my homework as a voter and American citizen , I am not interested in making history by electing the first woman I want the best person for POTUS and it is not Hillary Rodham Clinton.I want a President I can believe and trust,she is not that person based on her own actions and history. This is not personal.
Once again Cornel West is 100% correct, It's tragic that those Black people who marched with Dr King has chosen to support a candidate who represents everything Dr King and the CRM fought so hard against. The CBC members loyalty is to the Democratic Party not the Black Americans who elected them. It's very sad and embarrassing.
Congressman John Lewis has become a compromised Black man, he believes Blacks are somehow indebted to White folks for us fighting them for our rights and winning. He lost my respect when he chose a White author to help him write his books. With all the economic disparity and his platform of being able to help Black writers and such he chose to go with those who already has economic advantage over his own underrepresented people.
Hillary supported every policy in her husband administration during their Co Presidency that harms Black Americans today. She and Bill effectively put many Blacks in Slavery and disenfranchised many others. After calling Black children Super Predators she somehow cares about Black people ad our issues. Ha.
Black people are calling and demanding monetary reparations for decades why didn't the Clintons support that. Presidents don't " do what people want " because their supposed to be intelligent enough to have foresight to see the ramifications of the practices, policies and laws they implement. The CBC are enemies of Black people, they are tools and loyal to the Democratic Party not what's in the best interest of Black Americans. The Crime Bill did not target the folks who brought the drugs into Black communities, it targeted the Black folks who used drugs, f that's not racist then please tell me what is. No matter what Constituents want we have Lawmakers who are supposed to have better judgement not lead the torch and pitchfork crowd.
An apology is meaningless without monetary damages or support for reparations. Bill Clinton was POTUS how could he pass a law and not know and fully understands the long term ramifications of his Crime Bill.I swear some folks WANT to gullible and fall for anything instead of facing some hard truths.
You didn't do anything , it was the Hillary and Bill Clinton who supported , defended and implemented those laws without caring about the consequences of Black people and families long term. A good leader doesn't lead for "the moment".
It lies to White people and gives them some false belief of ownership of Black people. It gives the false impression that White Americans are superior to Black people when we know that is not true. Truth and Facts do trump dollars and sense except when it comes to White Supremacy. White people must always the hero in Black people successes and lives in Hollywood movies. That sends a message to many White people that they still have some ownership of Black people and without them Black people would not successful. Hollywood has always been racist and paternalistic toward Black people.
“If Trump hadn’t inherited $200 million, he’d be selling watches on the streets of Manhattan,” whatever demon possessed Marco Rubio claimed tonight
“I’m not a Superpredator, Hillary!”: Black Lives Matter protestors confront Clinton at South Carolina fundraiser
As we hear Hillary supported her husband Crime Bill , now whose kids are she speaking about, certainly not White children . The fact is Hillary was lockstep with her husbands policies that has harmed and destroyed the lives of many Americans but those laws devastated the Black race. It gave us massive Ue, the loss of Voting Rights and disenfranchising generations of Black folks as we see today. She has to take responsibility for what she supported.
What logical reason does a Black man who fought the establishment have to become the establishment? That's what discredits him, how has Black Americans fared since the CRM , what did we gain the right to mingle with White folks, give them our money as our economic conditions worsen.
However, when you ask "what logical reason" does he have "to become the establishment," I would answer the same as any politician in current times - power and potentially money. He's like many Americans, regardless of race or other other demographic factors - individual enrichment takes precedence over helping others.
Civil Rights leaders aren't wealthy by nature. Dr King died a poor man. How can you fight for the poor when you're wealthy. That's like the slave and master praying to the same God.
For those who ask
How Bernie pays for his proposals
PlanPaymentRebuild America Act: Sen. Sanders has proposed a $1 trillion plan to rebuild our crumbling infrastructureand put 13 million Americans to work.Paid for by making corporations pay taxes on all of the “profits” they have shifted to the Cayman Islands and other offshore tax havens, which the Congressional Research Services estimates may currently create losses that approach $100 billion annually, and other loopholes.College for All: Sen. Sanders has proposed making public colleges and universities tuition-free and substantially reducing student debt, in a plan that would cost about $75 billion a year.Paid for by imposing a tax on Wall Street speculators that would generate about $300 billion in revenue.Expand and Extend Social Security: Sen. Sanders has proposed expanding Social Security and extending the solvency of this program until 2065.Paid for by lifting the cap on taxable income above $250,000 so that the wealthy pay the same percentage of their income into Social Security as working people.Youth Jobs Program: Sen. Sanders has proposed a $5.5 billion youth jobs program to create 1 million jobs for disadvantaged young Americans.Paid for by ending the carried interest loophole that allows billionaire hedge fund managers to pay a lower tax rate than nurses and truck drivers.Paid Family and Medical Leave: Sen. Sanders has proposed at least 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave to all workers.Paid for by a payroll tax that would total $1.61 a week for the typical American worker. According to Sen. Gillibrand’s office, this would be “a self-sufficient program that would not add to the federal budget.”Protect Pensions: Sen. Sanders has introduced a plan to prevent cuts to the pensions of over 1.5 million Americans.Paid for by closing two tax loopholes that allow the wealthy to avoid taxes on money they inherit and expensive artwork they collect.Renewable Energy and Clean Jobs Transition: Sen. Sanders has a plan to invest in clean, sustainable energy sources powered by the sun, wind and Earth’s heat. He also has a plan to provide comprehensive benefits to workers as they transition to making the solar panels, wind turbines, and batteries of tomorrow.Paid for by stopping taxpayer-funded giveaways to oil, gas and coal companies. Sen. Sanders has introduced a plan to expand health care coverage to every American.Paid for by a 6.2 percent income-based health care premium paid by employers, a 2.2 percent income-based premium paid by households, progressive income tax rates, taxing capital gains and dividends the same as income from work, limiting tax deductions for the rich, adjusting the estate tax, and savings from health tax expenditures.
He should've did all he could to get folks JOBS and JOB TRAINING. Even with the ACA more folks particularly Black are uninsured or cannot afford the premiums. In States that doesn't have subsidies those folks still must purchase health insurance or be find thru the pittance of the income tax refund they depend on. How did President Obama help Blacks, poor Whites and other with the ACA again.
The Best thing Black Americans can do is support someone who supports us, that person happens to be Bernie Sanders. There is nothing more urgent and important than EDUCATION, Bernie wants to invest in our children by offering them the same opportunity all others have if they do the work and that would be Free College and Trade Schools a barrier that stagnated many Blacks, poor Whites and POC.Investing in free college is investing in Americans for a better America. Hillary wants the status quo which has not served Black Americans at all. The choice is not hard, this is about who has our best interest at heart.
Her supporters are "Fantasizing " about an America that wasn't like they seem to remember what it really was like. They ignore all the harmful bills and policies Hilary stood by and defended.Michelle Alexander The New Jim Crow summed it up nicely.
I don't understand the argument against Free College and Trade schools for all Americans. We are investing in our own people and country which makes our country better and stronger. Everyone benefits when we have a well educated American people. #Bernie2016
Should've, would've and could 've is not reality. So-called Hillary Care did not happen and never was going to happen. It ridiculous to mention it and proves Hillary is not an honest person. According to her President Obama did very little without consulting her then she asked the advice of her good pal and confident Henry Kissinger, a war criminal.
This book vindicate Cornel West, Tavis Smiley and myself who have criticized President Obama. Dr Dyson sat at the President's table and was one of the voices who attacked the same the critics of the President who he now agrees with. The Obama Presidency is a disappointment for Black Americans.