Black voters feel they have to vote for Hillary Clinton, but her real record reveals a more disturbing truth which she is counting on them to ignore.
While stumping in South Carolina in 2008, Hillary Clinton remarked that “Dr. King’s dream began to be realized when President Lyndon B. Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964”. NBC Meet the Press host Tim Russert later told Clinton, it was as if Hillary implied “it took a white man to get blacks to the mountaintop”.
Hillary Clinton’s racial attacks didn’t stop there. The Clintons will say and do anything to get elected. When it was politically convenient for Hillary to paint Obama as a hater of white Americans, that’s exactly what she did. Hillary once said, “Senator Obama’s support among hardworking Americans, white Americans is weakening, and how whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me [Clinton]”.
In Senator Ted Kennedy’s 2010 book, Game Change, it was noted, that during During Hillary’s 2008 campaign, “Bill Clinton’s main assignment was continuing to make phone calls to super delegates, in which he pressed the case for Hillary and against Obama aggressively – at times too aggressively. Clinton’s message, sometimes implicitly, sometimes explicitly, was that the country wasn’t ready to elect an African American president. Some recipients of the calls found them discomforting, others embarrassing; few found them effective”. Bill Clinton was outraged that Senator Ted Kennedy endorsed Barack Obama as a candidate in 2008 over Hillary and yelled at Kennedy saying, “a few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee”. Nothing racist about that comment.
A January 9, 2008 editorial in the New York Times titled “Unite, Not Divide, Really This Time,” observed that, “Mrs. Clinton ran an angry campaign in New Hampshire, and polls showed that voters noticed. She won narrowly, but came perilously close to injecting racial tension into what should have been – and still should be – an uplifting contest between the first major woman candidate and the first major African-American candidate.”
According to Public Policy Polling, in nine states that have more African American voters than Caucasians, Hillary’s support among African American voters ranges from 63% – 74% compared to Sanders who receives 12% – 23%. It would seem that African American voters in the most recent states during Super Tuesday have forgotten why Hillary Clinton lost to President Barack Obama in 2008.
Hillary Clinton’s promises to fix racial disparities in America and her pandering to the Black Lives Matter movement and Al Sharpton do not make her deserving of the endorsement from Congressional Black Caucus members. Hillary Clinton has been in public office for 32 years and she has yet to demonstrate any marked improved on key indicators, such as the high crime, incarceration and unemployment rates among African Americans who represent only 13% of the US population.
Hillary Clinton supported and pushed Former President Bill Clinton’s 1994 crime bill, which incarcerated more blacks than any other President in US history. Bill Clinton also signed into law the 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act, which gutted welfare. He repealed the Glass-Steagall Act in 1996 (a Depression-era banking law that kept different kinds of banking institutions separate) which, arguably, led to the 2008 housing crisis and disproportionately affected black homeowners.
If racial inequality is a driving factor for you this election and you are planning on voting for Hillary Clinton, you may want to rethink your position.