US, Philadelphia – To say that no one, in the current field of aspirants for the upcoming elections in the United States, is qualified to be president will be an understatement. That any – even any democrat – deserves the African American vote, will be sarcastic.
And so is Hilary Clinton. Every African American should sit home if Hilary Clinton is the democratic presidential nominee for president.
For two reasons alone. First, she is the Queen of the past and present Mass Incarceration of Black men. And Secondly, her heart hasn’t changed – or cannot change – after more than two decades of the havoc that Bill Clinton’s policies have wrecked on African American societies.
Afiya X. of Grandmother detailed how Bill Clinton, with Hilary Clinton as his staunchest support, used tax payers’ money to strengthen the police forces that kill at first sight, and put a record number of Black men and women behind bars.
In 1994 alone, the Bill and Hilary movement – The Billary Clintons – instituted the “three strikes and you’re out” law, which was a $30 billion crime bill that according to legal expert Michelle Alexander, created dozens of new federal capital crimes, mandated life sentences for three-time offenders, and authorized more than $16 billion for state prison grants and expansion of state and local police forces.
The focus was on putting an economically advancing African American community back in shackles!
What’s more, The Billary Clintons signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act that essentially imposed a ban on how long families could use government help – welfare – shortening the period to a five-year lifetime limit.
With his “One Strike and You’re Out” Initiative, The Billary Clintons made it impossible for anyone who had ever been marked with a criminal record to receive any assistance from the government. In addition, anyone convicted of a felony drug offense, including people who go to jail for simple possession of marijuana, could never in their lifetime be eligible for welfare, food stamps or even vote.
The Billary Clintons went above and beyond to prevent anyone, especially African Americans, with a criminal history from living in public housing no matter how poor and destitute.
These policies, like Afiya X. wrote in an article dated June 20, 2015, ‘were implicitly aimed at African Americans!’
In fact, the US Justice Policy Institute reported that “the Clinton Administration’s tough on crime policies resulted in the largest increases in federal and state prison inmates of any president in American history.”
So it was in this light that Civil Rights activists from the Boston chapter of the Black Lives Matter movement planned to disrupt Clinton’s campaign event in New Hampshire last week. To ask tough questions.
But they were prevented from entering and instead held a heated private meeting with the Democratic frontrunner, who has yet to unveil formal platforms apologizing for her mistakes, or for the barbarity of the Billary policies on racial justice or criminal justice reform.
Asked by Black Lives Matter activist Julius Jones to explain “how do you actually feel that’s different than you did before?” Clinton responded: “I don’t believe you change hearts… You’re not going to change every heart, you’re not. But at the end of the day we can do a whole lot to change some hearts, and change some systems, and create more opportunities for people who deserve to have them.”
Speaking to the Guardian, Jones was rightly and sharply critical of Clinton’s response. “This whole idea of ‘You can’t change hearts’ – well, it’s hopeless,” Jones said. “It’s doubly damning to hear it from Hillary Clinton, who bears a unique personal responsibility and is also trying to lead our country.”
No African American is fooled when Ms. Clinton feigns advocacy for Civil Rights in her numerous speeches around the US begging for the African American vote.
It is easy answer for politicians like her, and other public officials who are confronted with the weight that brutal white policing and the mass incarceration of Black men has placed on African American communities, to retort, ‘I was involved in the Civil Rights movement of the 60s.’
Who cares? It’s 2015, and after all these years it had to take the first and only Black president of the United States so far – Barack Obama – to take a few heavily laden steps towards a positive direction in African American civil rights.
Because, African American leaders keep getting coaxed into leading their populace into voting for people like the Billary Clintons. But that must stop. It stops in 2016.