My Hillary-supporting friends think I’m nuts for talking about how the Clintons have helped to destroy life for millions of Americans. In the process, they’ve helped destroy our economy and take “liberal” out of the Democratic Party’s philosophy. They’re a 2-man wrecking team. The not exactly-amusing (’cause it’s too real) post The Problem With Hillary, Chez, Is I Don’t Vote Republican gives “25 pretty good reasons why we Democrats don’t vote for Republicans,” and asks the darn good question: “…why would we vote for Hillary Clinton, the Rockefeller Republican who exemplifies every one of those 25 statements?
This list of 15 Ways Bill Clinton’s White House Failed America and the World is even better – it gives more details and background. I especially like the part where it talks about Bill Clinton’s attack on Sista Souljah:
Political smears: Sistah Souljah. Clinton was highly regarded by African Americans during the 1992 election cycle for his ability to articulate how racism impacted their communities. However, when it mattered most, he dropped the ball on race when it was completely unnecessary. It started when he blasted hop-hop artist Sistah Souljah over her comments in a Washington Post article about the Los Angeles riots, which were sparked by the acquittal of several Los Angeles policemen who beat truck driver Rodney King. “If black people kill black people every day, why not have a week and kill white people?” she said.
Souljah claims she was misquoted. However, a few weeks later, both she and Clinton spoke at Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition conference in Washington. Clinton used his appearance to criticize her statements, saying, “We can’t get anywhere in this country pointing the finger at one another across racial lines.” He compared her remarks to former KKK wizard David Duke.
As Matt Bai wrote for Yahoo, Clinton was not going to lose black votes by calling the rapper out. Black people were (and still are) hyper loyal to the Democratic Party. But since Clinton is being reflective about his presidency, perhaps he needs to go back to 1992 and rethink why he used his time at the Rainbow Coalition to appeal to a segment of white voters who may have wanted to see him distance himself from Rev. Jackson, still a key leader in the Democratic Party at the time.
If you read the full Washington Post coverage and listen to some of Sistah Souljah’s commentary on white supremacy, you’ll see she makes some valuable points about anti-blackness and structural racism that are worth considering. But Clinton chose not to delve into that. Instead, he preferred to sell a sistah out and play the saxophone on the Arsenio Hall show.
Newsmax tells the story of the moments between when Ashley confronted Hillary at a fundraiser and Secret Service officers escorted her out of the room. She’s the girl who asked the Secretary why she called black people “super-predators” and helped institute today’s system of mass incarceration.
Activist Ashley Williams confronted Hillary Clinton at a private fundraiser this week, and asked her to apologize for calling black youths “superpredators” in a 1996 speech.
After paying $500 to attend the event in Charleston, Williams silently unfurled a fabric sign that had Hillary Clinton’s infamous quote from her January 25, 1996, speech on policing in Keene, New Hampshire: “We have to bring them to heel.”
“I’m not a superpredator, Hillary Clinton,” the young Black Lives Matter activist said Wednesday night, according to Salon. “Can you apologize to black people for mass incarceration?” she asked the Democratic presidential front-runner.
Clinton, who was on the microphone, read aloud her old words that were printed on the sign. “Can I talk? And maybe you can listen to what I say,” said Clinton. “Okay, you want to hear the facts, or you want to just talk?”
“I know that you called black youth ‘superpredators,'” Williams responded. “Please explain for the record. Please explain it to us. You owe black people an apology.”
After she was escorted out by Secret Service agents, Williams told The Huffington Post she wanted Clinton to “confront her own words. We did this because we wanted to make sure that black people are paying attention to her record, and we want to know what Hillary we are getting,” she explained.
“Hillary Clinton has a pattern of throwing the black community under the bus when it serves her politically,” Williams said in a statement prior to the confrontation.
Salon reports on the incident:
“I’ll tell you what, if you will give me a chance to talk, I’ll approach your subject — you know what, nobody’s ever asked me that before,” Clinton said, as Williams was physically removed by a white security guard.