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The Clintons and their legacy of mass incarceration of African-American males (4)

April 8, 2016

Society/Living, USA

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4 Comments on “The Clintons and their legacy of mass incarceration of African-American males (4)”

  1. folakemiodoaje Says:

    I saw a Spike Lee’s “Do the right thing’ movie the other day – it feels as if it was written yesterday.

    It is time like this that people can really assess who will get their backs, but again it gets tricky when choosing between two evils.
    I just know that I have no clue what many African Americans have gone through…

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Folakemi,

      Yes, isn’t it really true that the more things [seem to] change, the more they remain the same? The fact that Lee finally got the nod for an Honorary Oscar 25 years after his iconic movie shows things have not really changed much because a movie that has proved over the quarter century that society was ignoring racial justice for African-Americans (AfAms) and has been consistently named a great movie was repeated this year when not a single AfAm got an Oscar nod. Today, DO THE RIGHT THING continues to feature on lists of greatest movies which may account for the quarter century late award to Lee for his directorial work.

      I like your reticence about “choosing between two evils” in the run to the 2016 American general elections but even though like you and millions of others, It’s really difficult to know what AfAms have gone through, being exposed to the American system since the civil rights days make it a bit easy for me to choose.

      Trump – or any Republican fellow traveler – is a no-no as the party ranks contain mostly those opposed to moving America forward as far as I can understand: basically racist, anti-women, anti-poor which means mainly for the rich 1% …

      Now, between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, things get a bit tricky as they both come from the same arm of the political spectrum, generally speaking. I take seriously, though, the fact that the Clintons – you can check out my posts from Obama’s first White House run in 2008 – are not consistent and tend to say things just to get votes. Hillary’s position changes often despite embellishments as to her record of being on the side of African-Americans (AfAms)

      Unfortunately, what I can term the Old Guard – the John Lewises of the Democratic Party who were in the forefront of the civil rights movement with Dr. Martin Luther King, are too – pardon this – rooted in the past and perhaps believe, may be rightly so, that much has been gained while young AfAms feel the Movement has stagnated and changes are needed:
      * police racial profiling of young AfAms, especially males who get arrested and the next news is their deaths;
      * Policing of minority communities
      * A Bill Clinton-era Crime Bill – glowingly supported by Hilllary Clinton with recent statements by the former prez and Hillary that show their original positions on a Bill that has sent thousands and thousands of AfAms to long jail terms for non-violent crimes have not really changed.

      Plus my gut instinct just tells me that Hillary cannot make things better for the Black community.

      Sincere regards,
      TOLA.

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  2. Latif Opawoye Says:

    Bill Clinton was furious yesterday in PA at the rally for his wife. We need to thank Obama for all the bold steps in rewriting virtually all the legacy of Bill that are anti black. Many Black inmates who were in jail under the frivolous rules enacted by Clinton are enjoying freedom courtesy of former Att. General Holder’s action.
    Latif

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Doctor,

      Thank you for your contribution.

      It’s sad that President Clinton would go back on his word and utter the words credited to him about #Black Lives Matter movement after having destroyed the lives of millions with his Crime Bill during his presidency.

      Sincere regards,
      TOLA.

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