Bill Clinton on Thursday (April 7th 2016) in Philadelphia had his own run-in with Black Lives Matter protesters. While he did answer their concerns instead of kicking them out (the more common approach), he talked down to them in true paternalistic, White liberal fashion.
Bill Clinton was US president from 1993 to 2001. He is campaigning so that his wife, Hillary Clinton, can be president from 2017 to 2021, if not till 2025.
In 2015 they both apologized for the mass incarceration of Black men caused by the 1994 Crime Bill that they supported. Hillary Clinton also apologized for calling Black youth “superpredators”, that “we have to bring them to heel.” But then on Thursday Bill Clinton defended the Crime Bill and the superpredator remark!! As if the apologies were fake!
Bill Clinton defending her superpredator remark:
“I don’t know how you would characterize gang leaders who got 13-year-old kids hopped up on crack and sent them out on the street to murder other African-American children. Maybe you thought they were good citizens. She didn’t.”
“You are defending the people who kill the lives you say matter.”
I guess if Hillary loses, he can always work for Fox News.
Protesters were holding signs that said “Clinton Crime Bill Destroyed Our Communities” and “Black Youth Are Not Super Predators.”
Then Bill Clinton said, without irony:
“Tell the truth!”
He said protesters would not “hush” because they feared the truth. But he made statements about the 1994 Crime Bill that PolitiFact rated as “mostly false”! And statements about his 1996 welfare reform bill that the Huffington Post said were all false!
He argued that he and Hillary cared about Black lives. He even used Africa as an example!!! You know, that place where he did not a damn thing about the Rwandan genocide, despite his treaty obligations. What nerve.
A day later he said the Black Lives Matter protesters just wanted to be on television. He said he “almost” wanted to apologize for what he said.
Now that most Black primary voters have already voted, the Clintons no longer have to fauxpologize to Black people. Instead they need to appeal to what Hillary Clinton called “hard-working Americans”, meaning the racist White working class they have long built their electoral power on, the very people for whom they passed the draconian crime and welfare bills, many of whom are now Donald Trump supporters.
Michelle Alexander, author of “The New Jim Crow” (2010), commented on Facebook:
“Unfortunately much of the mainstream media seems to be buying (yet again) much of what Bill was selling yesterday. … It is a gross distortion to suggest that black people wanted billions of dollars slashed from child welfare, housing and other public benefits in order to fund an unprecedented prison building boom. It was Bill Clinton’s deliberate political strategy — one he championed along with the ‘New Democrats’ — to appeal to white swing voters by being tougher on struggling black communities than the Republicans had been, ramping up the drug war and gutting welfare.”
– Abagond, 2016.
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