US Elections 2016 (4): 4 Years ago, I would have voted for H. Clinton – Erica Garner, daughter of choked-to-death [I can’t breathe] Eric Garner

April 13, 2016


Erica Garner
Eldest daughter of Eric Garner/ Writer/Activist/ Mother


Four years ago, if you had asked me who I would vote for in this presidential election, I would have said Hillary Clinton. However, in the last four years, my views of Hillary have changed and as I dig into her past and notice inconsistencies. She has been flip-flopping her whole life, and while changing opinions isn’t a crime, someone who is running for the presidency should have unwavering consistency in backing up campaign promises.

When it comes to lifelong proof that one’s words matches his intentions, it’s evident that Bernie Sanders is the best choice to serve as the next president of the United States — especially for African Americans. I think, when given the facts and the political histories of the Democratic candidates, that every activist in this new modern day civil rights movement — whether Black Lives Matter or otherwise — will feel the same amount of passion I have for Bernie Sanders.

The past couple of years have been horrible on this whole nation, particularly as it relates to race. Tragedy after tragedy, death after death. My dad (Eric Garner) in Staten Island, Mike Brown in Ferguson, Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Raynette Turner in Mount Vernon — the list grows daily. However, these conditions are nothing new. People like Malcom X, Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman and Marcus Garvey put their bodies and lives on the line to stand up and send a message that we are human beings, and should be respected as such. And it was Sanders — not Clinton — who put his body on the line with us.


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2016. 7:55 p.m.[GMT]

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2 Comments on “US Elections 2016 (4): 4 Years ago, I would have voted for H. Clinton – Erica Garner, daughter of choked-to-death [I can’t breathe] Eric Garner”

  1. folakemiodoaje Says:

    I love this.

    If I am in the States, I am likely going to vote for Mrs Clinton, however, I love when people such as Mr Gardner’s daughter express their stance this way to remind others that scars of injustice is still fresh for some families regardless of how we try to cover it up.



    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Folakemi,

      Of contestants in the race, Hillary is the most qualified, and being a woman, she would breaking one of the very last ceiling glasses for women. Yet, her words and those of her husband, the former president, have come up for close scrutiny these past few months and African-Americans, especially the younger ones, are questioning themselves as well as older blacks if Mrs. Clinton is not being given a free pass when she might relapse through old habit, to work against the interest of the African-Americans, especially on judicial and economic matters.

      If she becomes the Democrats’ candidate for the general elections, of course that would be a whole different story as whoever the Republicans – whose politics and policies the last eight years have brought the proverbial chickens home to roost – decide to field, should be buried by Clinton. November, however, is a long, long time away.

      Thanks for your contribution.

      Sincere regards,

      Liked by 1 person


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