The Washington Times reported on an incident at a campaign fundraiser in which Hillary Clinton was called out by Black Lives Matter activists over remarks she made at a speech she delivered 20 years ago in support of then President Bill Clinton’s crime bill. She said, “But we also have to have an organized effort against gangs, just as in a previous generation we had an organized effort against the mob. We need to take these people on — they’re often connected to big drug cartels, they are not just gangs of kids anymore. They are often the kinds of kids that are called super-predators, no conscience, no empathy. We can talk about why they ended up that way but first we have to bring them to heel.”.
What seemed to be a reasonable statement in the mid-1990s when fear of street crime was an issue has become an expression of racism on the second decade of the 21sr century, at least in progressive circles. “Super-predators” has morphed from an attack on criminals to a slam against all young, African-American men, even though Clinton’s language was not racially specific. Moreover, then as now, the vast majority of the victims of gang members are people of color.
Clinton might have dismissed the BLM activists as race baiting apologists for criminals, who harp on “over policing”: and “mass incarceration” as actual problems. However, Hillary Clinton is trying to co-opt the Black Lives Movement to fend off the stiff challenge from Sen. Barney Sanders, the venerable socialist from Vermont. Thus, she is not about to repeat her husband’s Sister Souljah moment in which then candidate Clinton took on an African American hip hop artist who advocated the murder of white people.
Bill Clinton had enough courage to take on that kind of extremism, secure in the knowledge that he would still garner the vast majority of the African American vote.
One suspects that if Clinton gets the Democratic nomination, which she is likely to do if she escapes a criminal indictment for her use of an unsecured email server, she will cut the BLM crowd loose and tack just a tad toward the center to woo voters in the general election. #Election 2016 #Democratic Party #Democrats vs Republicans