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Hillary Clinton Is Not The Second Coming Of Harriet Tubman

January 23, 2016 - 3:00pm

What is the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, right?

How many times are black people going to place their eggs in a Clinton basket and expect something different?

Other than play the saxophone and have an office in Harlem, why do we love Bill, and other than being married to Bill, why do we love Hillary?

As much as we all loved to call Bill Clinton the “First Black President,” my good friend, prominent Tallahassee attorney Chuck Hobbs broke it down rather well when he wrote this:

“Don’t get me wrong, I respected some aspects of Clinton’s presidency, but his legacy with respect to race included not only advocating causes that gutted high-paying blue collar jobs in the Midwest (NAFTA) and others that imprisoned more black men than ever. He and his wife also joined in lock step with Newt Gingrich in promulgating “welfare reform” that made black mothers who were already catching hell to raise their kids catch even more hell.”

You can read Chuck Hobbs’ article in its entirety here

During Hillary Clinton’s 2008 primary race against Barack Obama, her true colors, as well as Bill’s, started to show. They are all for black people as long as we are asking how high when they say jump.

When the issue came up of Florida and Michigan breaking the rules and being punished for it, Hillary Clinton kept quiet. She allowed her surrogates to advocate for cheating. Even Donna Brazile famously said that when you want to change the rules in the middle of the game, it’s called cheating. Hillary Clinton wanted to win at all costs, and she didn’t care who she had to roll over to do it. Even her supporters got downright rabid. Remember Harriet Christian and her “inadequate black man” rant

There are still those who say Hillary and her camp were the source of the Jeremiah Wright scandal. She wanted to damage Obama however she could.

They say Hillary and her camp helped fuel the birth certificate issue, even though she knew it was a non-issue, she wanted to damage Obama anyway she could.

The infamous 3 a.m. ad she ran was a thinly veiled racist swipe at Obama, because while your little white children are sleeping, this black man couldn’t possibly protect them.

Bill Clinton, who hilariously enough was jealous that Obama was going to be the REAL first black president, tried to demean him as only a black candidate in South Carolina and tried to brush him off as nothing.

When Bill Clinton thought Rep. James Clyburn was “pulling strings” behind the scenes in South Carolina, where Hillary Clinton lost to Obama, he said to Clyburn, “If you bastards want a fight, you damn well will get one”.

Don’t believe me, hear it from Clyburn’s own lips here.

Black people need to realize when they are appreciated, and when they are being used.

If Hillary Clinton wasn’t whipping/nae-naeing, dabbing, and whatnot before, why do it now?

Hillary knows that what is saving her butt now is the African-American community.

The only reason THAT is the case is because her NAME is familiar. I want her GAME to be familiar as well. It isn’t as fun as y’all think it is.

We talk about how our African-American men are disproportionately behind bars, and here Hillary Clinton is, taking large sums of money from the private prison industry.

She talks a lot about her advocacy for children -- black children, Latino children, etc., but at the same time, she supports policies that send the parents of those children to jail.

Harriet Tubman, civil rights activist, 1822-1913
Harriet Tubman, civil rights activist, 1822-1913

I guess that makes the private prison industry folks who line her pockets happy, right?

What irks me most of all are the endorsements of the families of Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, and Eric Garner. These families have become OUR families in a way. Clinton knows that. I feel she is using that to get our votes via our empathy and sympathy for those families and the tragedies they suffered.

What is Hillary going to do next? Find the family of Emmett Till and send out an endorsement letter from them? I think if it were not for the fact that Sandra Bland’s family KNOWS the sincerity of Bernie Sanders -- he did what he did with them outside the public eye -- Hillary Clinton would have tried to get HER family to send out an endorsement letter.

I would imagine if Bernie Sanders asked that family to endorse him, they would. But it appears as though he is above using tragedy for personal gain.

Not Hillary Clinton.

The Latino community had it right when they told her that she was not their abuela.

Black folks, she ain’t your Madea, Harriet Tubman, Sista Souljah, Ride-or-die, or none of that.

I’m beginning to think she isn’t even your friend.

Leslie Wimes is president and founder of Women on the Move and the Democratic African American Women Caucus, www.daawc.com. She lives in Palm Beach County. This commentary is reprinted from Wimes' Women on the Move website with the author's permission.

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Maybe the is author should remember that it was the Congressional Black Caucus that supported the 1994 crime bill. Also the bill sought to remove racial disparities between whites and blacks in sentencing for the same crimes. This was because crime was very prevalent in major cities across the country. It was a very minor success in reducing crime, but ended up incarcerating too many black men. Oh, and Bernie Sanders voted for this too.

I want Leslie to name one piece of legislation or program the republicans have passed since blacks began the switch to the democratic party in the 60's. Clyburn admitted that the Clinton's had a reason to be upset but he wasn't the guilty person. What party has been cutting all the programs that have been helping the minorities and poor through hard times. Nafta just like any other trade policy had winners and losers but by most economist opinion it is a success. The decision to have welfare mothers seek jobs when they were able was also successful because a lot of single parents improved their living and economical conditions. The only problem that any black person would have reading your column is believing it has any merit. The republican party isn't pro-life it is pro-birth because they want every-one to give birth but cut every program that may help mothers provide the needed assistance the child might need. Their definition of life is once you leave the womb your on your own!! So giving Leslie any credence after reading her article is equivalent to throwing the baby out with the bath water!!!

Hogwash. You ask the question then spin the answer saying "Work for Welfare and NAFTA was really good for African Americans"... because they were Democratic Programs. The Civil Rights act was championed by Senator Dirksen (Republican) and the Republican Caucus, not Democrats in 1964. What about these Republican pushed initiatives: Civil Rights act of 1983, The Voting Right Amendment of 1982, The Federal Contact Compliance Act 1988, The Volunteer Protection Act 1997. All four were Republican initiatives and benefited primarily minorities. Guess who sponsored the VPA. Answer: Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Problem is most brothers and sisters don't look close enough and believe the press who just want their whitebread world to go on the same way. Ask anybody who pushed the law and order agenda that is incarcerating 1 in 3 young black men. Answer Bill Clinton, the same a** that commented that President Obama would have been carrying his bags. You think the Hillary knows black anymore than he does? Why did she serve up Susan Rice to take the fall for Benghazi. Name one black man or woman who is her trusted confident. Yea right , she so broke too. If the democrats are so thinking about the African American, why is it that that it that the majority of black men are being killed in democratic cities by democratic cops? I'll tell you why. No respect. Just useful. Ask yourself, are things getting better or worse? Most democrats are just talking it up so they can drive Prius's, drink smoothies, walk their designer dogs, and feel like they're doing something. Their choke hold on failing schools guarantees their kids get educated in the burbs while Black Americans are ignored and warehoused by Teachers Unions and School Boards. Time to do something different, cause this ain't working.

The guy who did started the tidal wave of programs hostile to African Americans was Richard Nixon, a Republican. He had two enemies when he was in office, anti-war whites (hippies) and black people. He used the Southern Strategy to recruit racist whites in the south, and the Drug War to specifically target and criminalize his enemies. That Hillary clings to the Drug War even though it has been an unmitigated disaster tells you all you need to know.

So everyone who isn't a Clinton is a Republican now? Bill pioneered the "Third Way" brand of Democratic governance, which was merely a euphemism for the left's surrender to Reagan's brand of conservatism. Of course the modern GOP has veered off a cliff, so now we have Hillary representing the moderate Republican area of the political platform. She's trying her best to tar Bernie Sanders as too liberal and too idealistic, just like she did with Obama in 2008.

So everyone who isn't a Clinton is a Republican now? Bill pioneered the "Third Way" brand of Democratic governance, which was merely a euphemism for the left's surrender to Reagan's brand of conservatism. Of course the modern GOP has veered off a cliff, so now we have Hillary representing the moderate Republican area of the political platform. She's trying her best to tar Bernie Sanders as too liberal and too idealistic, just like she did with Obama in 2008.

It's so blatant what the left is doing. Vote for us and we'll put a little money on your check! Don't vote for those evil Republicans that want to create jobs and make you work for a living! The left are the ones actually holding the AA community back.

So what´s your point about the ¨left¨? Using scary tactics? Move on with corporate right-wing conservative $ilLIARy or with any of those douche bag Republicans that are just like her.

what's amazing is the fact that the Democratic party panders to the African American community every election cycle with their shopping cart of "Happy times are here again" B S, and the AA community falls for it hook line and sinker. Time to wake up, the democratic party has been playing the AA folks like a single string banjo for over 60 years.

I hear you loud and clear. Now, please hear this: BERNIE IS FOR REAL!!! Look at his record on equality and all the work he has done in support of same!

Stay on that Liberal Plantation and keep voting Democrat, its only been 100 years maybe they will do more than give you hand outs.

Since 2008: Blacks - Highest unemployment rate of all ethnic groups Black Teens - Highest unemployment rate of all ethnic groups Blacks - Highest underemployment rate of all ethnic groups Education - Blacks: highest failure rate of all ethnic groups Socioeconomic development - Blacks: highest failure rate of all ethnic groups Abortion - Blacks: highest rate of all ethnic groups Felonies - Blacks: highest rate of all ethnic groups Unwed births - Blacks: highest rate of all ethnic groups Now, remind me again . . . what has ovomit done for black people?

More like Marie Antoinette . . . let 'em eat CAKE (the burned layer of baked bread, for you ditsy-dem's). Yep, you lib's created the Frankenstein monsters--the Clinton, the Obama's, the Kennedy's, et al., and wonder WHY you're not THERE yet, not in UTOPIA!! Wake up, minorities . . . you're just the useful pawns and the pathway to more 'n more political POWER for these elitists who don't give a rat's behinder about you or your 'issues'. Other than keep 'ya down on the dem-plantation.

More like Marie Antoinette . . . let 'em eat CAKE (the burned layer of baked bread, for you ditsy-dem's). Yep, you lib's created the Frankenstein monsters--the Clinton, the Obama's, the Kennedy's, et al., and wonder WHY you're not THERE yet, not in UTOPIA!! Wake up, minorities . . . you're just the useful pawns and the pathway to more 'n more political POWER for these elitists who don't give a rat's behinder about you or your 'issues'. Other than keep 'ya down on the dem-plantation.

More recently, Hillary has promised to shutter all private prisons and give the money to charity that she took from private-prison lobbyists.

What do we get from the flood of illegal immigrants? Downward pressure on American salaries that haven't budged in 16 years. Destruction of the Social Security Trust fund as these illegals become legal and take immediate and retroactive social security and disabilty payments, as well as earned tax credits. Destruction of our overcrowded health and educational facilities. Imported new disease epidemics What did NAFTA give us? Massive transfers of our factories to Mexico with losses of American industrial and assembly jobs. (and massive illegal immigration from Mexico as our cheap American industrial corn export to Mexico drove millions of Mexican farmers out of their farms and into the USA). Americans are desperate. Average family earns $30,000/year while the billionaires are living it up.

Great article !

This is simply a matter of honesty vs dishonesty. I was a lifelong Democrat and I voted for Clinton and I hated the Bushes (still do). And NAFTA has proven to be a disaster for middle class Americans, not just blacks. The Clinton's criminal behavior goes back decades, and I wish I had known about it back then, but I trusted the media to inform me which was a big mistake. Once I started researching them for myself and looking at the really bad things they've done, and looking at how Hillary has lied right to our faces (like Barack has been doing for the last 7 years), there is no other conclusion that I can come to except that both Democrat and Republican politicians want this country to be as corrupt from top to bottom as it is in Mexico. They want corrupt-Chicago style politics to be the norm on a national scale. They are the enemy of honest people; and the friends of the dishonest (illegal aliens, fake refugees, criminals, and con artists). This comes down to what kind of country do you want to live in? One like Mexico where the cartels and politicians are one in the same? One like any number of 3rd world banana republics around the globe? EVERY politician is corrupt, which is why I'm voting for Trump. He might be a loudmouth and say outrageous things, but he loves this country and wants to help us to prosper again. And he is the only one with the nuts to make it happen. There is no other person running for President that is as capable as Donald Trump. Put your personal feelings aside and look at his accomplishments. He's put far more people to work than any politician up there and he's never been accused of being shady like Hillary and Bill. Trump is the "honest" man vs the "dishonest" press and political class. He's the guy that represents us folks who can't stand being told what to do by people who should be taking their own advice. Trump is America's middle finger to the establishment by average middle class Americans.

Do you actually realize that you are asking the AA community to vote for Trump, a blatant racist? I have a feeling this is not going to work out well for you, but hey, you gave it the old college try anyway. And then there are the republicans on here who are making it very clear that they are more concerned about their party than they are the people as usual. Usually a member of the establishment or 1% wealthy. The truth is that any middle or lower class families would be absolutely demolished by another republican president at this point in time. Does anyone want to argue that the republicans don't stand for the rich, the corporations, wall street, the eradication of virtually all social programs, moving jobs out of the country and you already know that i can go on and on? I didn't think so. This election is about the survival of the middle and lower classes which leaves zero room for any republicans this time around.

Trump has done some great things as a businessman but he wouldn't be where he is if his dad hadn't been rich. He started with a "small" (his word) million dollar loan from dad. Also, when his casino was a week away from default and didn't have the money to make their payment his dad decided to drop by and lose millions of dollars so the casino could stay afloat.

I love 'Diamond & Silk'

You are out of your damned mind if you think Trump is honest. He is just as much of a crook as the rest of them. He lies, blatant, easily provable lies every day and then if someone challenges him then they are being biased and unfair. He claims to have one of the world's best memories, but consistently can't remember and denies saying things which are a matter of public record. His accomplishments? You mean his 4 bankruptcies? Never been accused of being shady? You mean like that time he employed the concrete company owned by the mob? You mean that time he was sued for violating the Fair Housing Act? Donald Trump is a racist, misogynistic crook. The only thing he loves is himself.

You are right on a couple of points but if you know anything about construction in NY, building something that requires concrete and NOT using a mob connected company is "problematic"... yes, he's probably a lot of the things you say BUT he's also NOT a career liar..er politician and he has ACTUALLY created jobs and run actual businesses. he's also not beholden to massive special interests. he's the ONLY candidate that, at least, talks about the things that most Americans are concerned with. It's the why of the "mystery" of his popularity.

Created jobs in China. Paid less than minimum to undocumented maids. Sent your jobs overseas or brought in other people to underpay with no security and no benefits so his profits go up

That final discription sounds like both Barry and the Liar of Benghazi...

Sounds a lot like Obama. Lies to get ahead. Uses the IRS to suppress conservatives. Lies about the video causing Benghazi. Give us the weakest recovery since Ww2. The real question is why do blacks keep voting for Democráts who use their votes and give them nothing.

And you're an idiot troll who makes baseless accusations without a shred of evidence to back it up..probably paid...The only accurate claim is his bankruptcy and anyone that isn't an idiot knows that it's a proper tool in business and it's legal and moral when used appropriately!....and no one is further from a racist and non elitist than Trump..you're a lame, liar!

Since 2008: Blacks - Highest unemployment rate of all ethnic groups Black Teens - Highest unemployment rate of all ethnic groups Blacks - Highest underemployment rate of all ethnic groups Education - Blacks: highest failure rate of all ethnic groups Socioeconomic development - Blacks: highest failure rate of all ethnic groups Abortion - Blacks: highest rate of all ethnic groups Felonies - Blacks: highest rate of all ethnic groups Unwed births - Blacks: highest rate of all ethnic groups Now, remind me again . . . what has ovomit done for black people?

Bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaana.

In seeing what a great setback to our progressive dreams when Papa Obama steps down-We must get Hillary in office!! While a third term would be great, it is time for another under qualified/over-rated person to be elected because they belong to the right group

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