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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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A perfect story in the month's NRA magazine honoring F. Douglas and Harriet Tubman. That's right the NRA magazine

Actually, the 2nd Amendment allowed Southern blacks to protect themselves from the Jim Crow democrats KKK. Otherwise, there would have been more lynchings.

I liked the article. Whenever I see such a rundown of slick and hellary's tricks, I'm compelled to point out that hellary was the first one to cast doubt on obama's citizenship during the 2008 campaign - she was the original "birther."

We as blacks were first aligned with the Republican party because of emancipation, now we're aligned with Democrats because of civil rights, which as history shows it was the Republican party that brought it over the finish line. In the words of LBJ, I'll have those niggers voting democrat for a generation. He was right. We as blacks still back democrats even as our schools are a mess and want to move to a new system, mainly charter schools. Democrats are the ones that stand in the way. Why do we as blacks continue to support a party that doesn't have our interests. Even Obama has dismantled the Choice program in DC at behest of his progressive supporters. Progressives have never been a friend to the black and never will be. Whether they democrat or republican a progressive is a progressive.

I've never really understood why blacks back the democrats to the hilt every election? The only time they seem to appreciate the blacks is election time. The inner cities have become so much worse, and are for the most part a disaster. You are so right when it comes to charter schools. It comes down to the democrats either supporting charter schools or teacher unions. Follow the money. I don't thing we have to guess at who they will support.

Very astute response by Craig. Also, absentee fathers and children out of wedlock = increased crime, no matter the color of skin.

Well written Sir! You by evidence of your writing see the world clearly and with merit. Progressives are NOT your friend!

You know LBJ said in 1964..."if we pass this (Civil rights act)..we will get those N*****s to vote for use for the next 200 yrs" He said it,,it's part of the record. Despite the Fact that the guy who ended Slavery was a REPUBLICAN,,and faced calls for impeachment for it!!! despite the fact that up until a cpl, yrs ago you had SENIOR democrats in the KKK (Sen Robert Byrd)...none of this matters...because the minority voters are not smart enough to do the math!!

The following is a quote by Horace Cooper, chairman Project 21..... “There is a myth, and it has been a particularly effective one, that the Democratic Party has created opportunities for minorities,” added Cooper, a former law professor at George Mason University and former counsel for House Republicans. “The record for 100 years from the 1860s through the 1960s has been that the Democrats have stymied the abilities of black Americans to have the same constitutional rights as all Americans.”

Nothing is going to change if the black community keeps blindly voting Democrat. Hear same thing every election. The author is sadly mistaken if she thinks socialism is going to make things better. Good luck.

It's interesting to see women call Hillary out for she really is, and at the end of the day she is all that Ms. Wimes suggests and so much worse. Hillary is a limousine/caviar liberal, nothing in her career or her lifestyle says she can relate to everyday people no matter how much she promises them. Her words are only meant to get their votes...What can she do that Obama was unable or unwilling to do in eight years for minorities?

Well of course Hillary's camp launched the birth certificate issue. At that point in the campaign the republicans didn't even think they'd face Barack Obama, so they had no motivation to go after him the way Hillary did. And we all found out what happens at 3 AM and the phone rings: the ambassador and 3 contract guys died, Hillary deleted the voice mail and ran with a cover story that stunk from Day One. Now she's pretending she never went that route and the surviving families are lying. Really? Yeah, she's that craven. She'll step over you dead body to get the election, and she's already proven that once. You're not even an ambassador, she could care less about you. She wants YOUR VOTE.

The tone of the article is as though the Democrats OWE something to blacks. Entitlement thinking through and through. You race will never advance.

Every constituency is rewarded for putting people in power since time immemorial. Business owners get benefits from putting people in power. The state of Israel is a huge beneficiary because of the influence of Jewish lawmakers. The abortion lobby which has killed over 30 million black babies since 1973 benefits from the people they helped put in power. So black's get nothing but welfare and government jobs as our payback? Your comment lacks the same insight that says that people who rent do not pay property taxes because they do not have the mortgage. Logic indicates that when you want to make a profit you keep costs down and pass them to others--hence renters pay property taxes. My point is that blacks have been pawns and tools of white liberals for 40 years and that is by design. We can demand better.

You're so right. Black people need to shut up and get in line. We (Democrats) own their vote so they need to stop bad mouthing our candidate. What are they going to do? Vote Republican? I didn't think so.

I have watched my whole adult life as Democrats have played the African-American community like a fiddle and we have never got anything close to what we deserve. We deserve better communities, better education and of course jobs. NAFTA facilitated the destruction of millions of decent jobs and has had the opposite effect of immigration. Who writes the curricula that teaches our children sex ed with catastrophic consequences? Who is authoring insane immigration policies that will effect the African-American community for the sake of changing voting demographics that will offset our community in case we wake up and understand how badly the policies of white liberals have really screwed us. Crime is rampant in our inner-cities and I am sorry but we no longer punish the people who are killing, raping, stealing and thugging our people because white liberals believe the concept of punishment offends their sensibilities. White liberals have been a cancer to our race and community for the past 50 years.......Donald Trump for 2016!

Well reasoned, well spoken... Thanks for your time and effort.

I don't understand why you black folks don't take being described as "well spoken" as big an insult as being called "nigger".

Well of course Hillary's camp launched the birth certificate issue. At that point in the campaign the republicans didn't even think they'd face Barack Obama, so they had no motivation to go after him the way Hillary did. And we all found out what happens at 3 AM and the phone rings: the ambassador and 3 contract guys died, Hillary deleted the voice mail and ran with a cover story that stunk from Day One. Now she's pretending she never went that route and the surviving families are lying. Really? Yeah, she's that craven. She'll step over you dead body to get the election, and she's already proven that once. You're not even an ambassador, she could care less about you. She wants YOUR VOTE.

Very perceptive author, BUT the content MAY not have her intended impact. It ALMOST makes me want to vote for Hillary (wow, that would be something!) because she doesn't really cave into the "blacks are victims, whites are evil" scenario - she just uses blacks for what she can milk from them. OK, since I have really no use for hypocrites of any color this wouldn't make me vote for Hillary as I really think she is an awful person at any level. At least there are some blacks who recognize this - that's good - BUT I think what they want is more "affirmative action" (aka reverse racism) so hmm... NOT exactly what I hold dear. It's a mystery to me why simple fairness and decency for ALL with NO race / sex based "affirmative action" isn't virtually everyone's ideal. Yep, I'm hopelessly naïve, BUT have no desire to be "re-educated" into the "progressive doctrine".

Reading every comment on here has solidified why I am a a conservative. I will confess tha I was a democratic up until eighteen years ago. I was made aware that the progressives have kept the black Americans mentally enslaved. I grew up during a time when we were taught how to think, not what to think. I see this everyday in our youth; not knowing how to analyze information only to redisseminate misinformation and to follow those who feed them. If only out community leaders would step back and reevaluate where they are..where they want to be, and how to get there; maybe then they will embrace conservative principles.

Very well thought out and written! Blacks have been used over and over again by Democrats to be elected to or retain office .................the sad truth of the world is that Dems, perhaps more than the "other" party, have a long and colorful (pun intended) history of racism towards Blacks specifically. The tragedy is that when a Dem is caught expressing racist views, the media comes to the rescue and officially offers them dispensation........the same comment or view, when expressed by a Repub. breeds threats, hatred and violence...........this is just another version of inequality in the country. I'm not suggesting, for a minute, that the Republican hierarchy loves Blacks OR Whites OR anyone else.............they all want to be in public office, humorously referred to as "public service........you know, the type of service where they run for an office as middle income or higher folks and leave office, decades later as multi millionaires.......... I'd sure like to be elected to "public service", wouldn't you? There is NO excuse for the country's past misdeeds when it comes to slavery....and there's no way to ever make up for it. The only way to "get back" at the concept is to be sure that it never happens again AND that Blacks succeed economically and improve their lot, generation by generation, by the simple exercise of free will, critical thinking and hard work....lots of hard work. Government handouts don't erase slavery, all they do is give the slaves some crumbs to exist on, all the while tempting Black voters to keep pushing the right buttons in the election booth. I grew up in a Dem. household with immigrant parents and, while long gone, they'd be sick to their stomaches if they saw what has happened to their beloved adopted homeland and its peoples. So when Hillary shows up in your town and campaigns using her "Negro Southern" accent, see it for what it is.....an insulting and reprehensible attempt to jerk at the heartstrings of her intended audience by playing on the legitimate grievances that Blacks may have.......only to ignore them again after she's elected.......God Forbid!

Reading every comment on here has solidified why I am a a conservative. I will confess tha I was a democratic up until eighteen years ago. I was made aware that the progressives have kept the black Americans mentally enslaved. I grew up during a time when we were taught how to think, not what to think. I see this everyday in our youth; not knowing how to analyze information only to redisseminate misinformation and to follow those who feed them. If only out community leaders would step back and reevaluate where they are..where they want to be, and how to get there; maybe then they will embrace conservative principles.

I don't understand all of the points in the column, but the 3 A>M> emergency wake-up is certainly not racist to me, and I despise H>C>. She was just making the point that she was experienced and ready to act at a moment's notice. and boy, has she ever done so, in a highly negative way. The problem to me is that Blacks have made EVERYTHING Racist for 7+ years, when in fact, everything is not racist. One other thing, why do Black people have to be appreciated/used makes no sense to me. A RACE is not appreciated, but it MAY be used, and has been, to foment division in the USA. An individual may be appreciated or used, depending on the situation. Lastly, H>C> will use ANYONE, and any means, to further her personal goals. My opinion.

My favourite part is where the Vast White-Wing Conspiracy is putting innocent black men in jail.

Blacks are like the democrat party's battered wife who always comes back no matter how bad the treatment.

Spot on. It makes them look like idiots and they can't see it.

I had no idea that Hillary Clinton was trying to copy Harriet Tubman. I had no idea Harriet Tubman was a lawyer, a senator, a secretary of state, or a feminist warrior. I do know that HillaryClinton, a brand new lawyer, fresh from honors at Yale Law, long before she was in the public spotlight, who could have gotten a job at any top end firm, chose instead to work for a non-profit which helped poor children, mostly African American. Little did she know that she would be denounced for that later by the spawn of those she spend her life helping. Someone needs to apologize for this reckless article...

Honors from Yale is news to me, but I do know she wasn't able to pass the D.C. bar exam.

Look a liberal progressive who doesn't offer refutation or facts to back up her claims as to the legitimacy of the authors work, just an attack. A baseless attack full of revisionist history, seeing how being removed from positions and being disbarred oh and kicked out of her internship for her devious behavior. HRC has been scum since the early days, I'm glad it's all coming out now.

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