By Frances Rice
Hillary Clinton is clinging to the hope that her flailing campaign will be saved by black Democrats in the South. However, an under reported story is just how negatively black Democrats view the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee. Below is an article published in the Sunshine State News that excoriates Hillary. Further below are some facts about the true history of civil rights being disseminated to black Americans by the National Black Republican Association.
An even greater blow to Hillary's supposed "Firewall" is the recent switch of endorsement by the past president of the NAACP, Ben Jealous, from Hillary to Bernie Sanders. As was reported in The New York Times:
A former N.A.A.C.P. president is expected to endorse Bernie Sanders on Friday, in a move that could enhance the Vermont senator’s support among black voters across the country. Benjamin T. Jealous, who headed the N.A.A.C.P. from 2008 to 2013, is expected to appear in New Hampshire alongside Mr. Sanders to come out publicly supporting the senator, according to a person connected with the Sanders campaign. Mr. Jealous, a well-known and respected figure, was at age 35 the youngest person ever elected to lead the N.A.A.C.P. and focused much of his time on issues of voter registration and mobilization … Meanwhile, Mr. Sanders also picked up an endorsement from the Las Vegas-based International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 357 on Thursday, making inroads with labor in a state where unions are expected to play an outsize role in the Feb. 20 Democratic caucuses. Read more HERE.______________
Hillary Clinton Is Not The Second Coming Of Harriet Tubman
By Leslie Wimes
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.
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.
Civil Rights History – In A Nutshell
By Frances Rice
At its core, the battle for black emancipation and civil rights was a fight between the two major political parties.
The Democratic Party fought to preserve slavery and deny civil rights to African-Americans. For details see Wayne Perryman’s book “Whites, Blacks and Racist Democrats: The Untold Story of Race & Politics Within the Democratic Party from 1792-2009.”
The Republican Party was started as the anti-slavery party and fought to end slavery. A YouTube video featuring Wayne Perryman summarizes the stellar civil rights legacy of the Republican Party.
After Republicans won the Civil War, with over 700,000 white Republicans losing their lives, they amended the Constitution to grant African-Americans freedom (the13th Amendment)citizenship (the 14th Amendment) and the right to vote ( the15th Amendment).
Republicans then passed the civil rights laws of the 1860s, including the Civil Rights Act of 1866 and the Reconstruction Act of 1867, designed to establish a new government system in the Democrat-controlled South, one that was fair to African-Americans.
When Democrats took control of Congress in 1892, they passed the Repeal Act of 1894 that overturned civil rights legislation, including the Civil Rights Acts of 1866 and 1875. Democrats then passed discriminatory Jim Crow laws that put African-Americans in virtual slavery. More details can be found in the book by Columbia Historian Dr. Eric Foner “A Short History of Reconstruction (1st Edition).”
It took Republicans nearly six decades to finally achieve passage of civil rights legislation in the 1950s and 1960s. Republican President Dwight Eisenhower pushed to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and sent troops to Arkansas to desegregate schools.
Over the objection of Democrats, Republican Senator Everett Dirksen of Illinois championed the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Dirksen was instrumental to the passage of civil rights legislation in ‘57, ‘60, ‘64, ‘65 and ‘68. Dirksen wrote the language for the 1965 Voting Rights Act and crafted the language for the Civil Rights Act of 1968 which prohibited discrimination in housing.
Today, Democrats try to hide from their racist past by falsely claiming the parties switched sides. In fact, racist Democrats declared they would rather vote for a “yellow dog” than a Republican because the Republican Party was—and still is—the party for African-Americans. Contrary to popular belief, President Richard Nixon’s “Southern Strategy” was not an appeal to racism. Instead, he tried to get Southerners to stop discriminating against blacks and join the racially tolerant Republican Party.
After Wayne Perryman sued the Democratic Party for their 250-year history of racism, Democrats put up another smoke screen by calling themselves “Progressives.” An article in “The New York Times” The Case Against Woodrow Wilson at Princeton exposes how the progressives’ icon, President Woodrow Wilson, was “an unapologetic racist whose administration rolled back the gains that African-Americans achieved just after the Civil War, purged black workers from influential jobs and transformed the government into an instrument of white supremacy.” Democrats/Progressives talk tolerance, but practice intolerance. A particular target today for their demeaning racial slurs are black Republicans.
As author Michael Scheuer wrote, the Democratic Party is the party of the four S’s: slavery, secession, segregation and now socialism. Democrats have run black communities for the past 60 years and their socialist policies have turned those communities into economic and social wastelands, witness Detroit, Baltimore and South Chicago. Yet, Democrats have the gall to blame Republicans for those deplorable conditions.
Every election cycle, to garner the black vote, Democrats incite hatred against Republicans, accusing them of “voter suppression,” that is, wanting to stop black people from voting. In reality, Republicans want to implement voter ID laws to prevent voter fraud. Also, African-Americans are smart enough to get an ID to use a bank, fly in a plane or visit the White House. It is an insult for Democrats to claim blacks are too stupid to present that same ID when it comes time to vote. Meanwhile, voter fraud is a real problem.
Since the time of slavery until today, the Democratic Party’s modus operandi has been to keep African-Americans poor, uneducated and voting for Democrats. Democrats first used brutality and discriminatory laws to stop African-Americans from voting for Republicans. Now Democrats use deception and social welfare programs to keep African-Americans from voting for Republicans. Welfare reform is needed because the poor women can't get government welfare, if there is a man in the house. This insane policy breaks up familes and condemns poor people to generational poverty.
It is time for African-Americans to stop having their vote taken for granted, hold politicians accountable for their policies and demand access to a quality education through school choice programs. In the Battle For Equality, the Republican Party is and always has been a partner for African-Americans.