First, let me inform you on what I mean by the Historical Black College and University (HBCU) community. I consider the HBCU community to be: students at an HBCU, HBCU graduates, HBCU faculty, administration and staff, and anyone who knows that HBCUs are very valauble to Higher Education in America. You all represent the august body that can be the source of betterment for institutions that suggest current decline and a bright hope for the future–all at the same time.
It is important as voters in this election cycle that we elect the person who is the best for fighting against our issues. This does not happen by merely listening to candidates because voter education is never about what candidates say but about their track record on what they argue. We must always grapple with the question: does the candidate’s history match their campaign priorities?
This is why I chose to research and write about Hillary’s track record. Too many people from the HBCU community think that she is a good candidate based on her campaign rhetoric. Hillary is posing as a progressive with her campaign rhetoric, when her record is far from progressive–it is oppressive.
The rapper ‘Killer Mike’ points out how terrible she treated #BlackLivesMattter activists
The video above is self-explanatory. Killer Mike sets the record straight about Hillary’s response to #BlackLivesMatter activists versus Bernie Sanders’ response. Hillary is very rude, while Bernie is very kind and listening to the demands from the activists. Do you want a president who listens or one who is combative and tells protestors that they are rude for interupting their speech on an important and unaddressed issue?
The Bill Clinton Administration was terrible for African-Americans
Michelle Alexander, attorney and author of the amazing book–The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, writes in her article,
“Bill Clinton presided over the largest increase in federal and state prison inmates of any president in American history. He did not declare the war on crime or the war on drugs—those wars were declared before Reagan was elected and long before crack hit the streets—but he escalated them beyond what many conservatives had imagined possible. He supported the 100-to-1 sentencing disparity for crack vs. powder cocaine, which produced staggering racial injustice in sentencing and boosted funding for drug-law enforcement.”
In essence, the school-to-prison pipeline was at it’s worst during the Clinton years.
She argues further, “When Bill left office in 2001, the United States had the highest rate of incarceration in the world. Human Rights Watch reported that in seven states, African Americans constituted 80 to 90 percent of all drug offenders sent to prison, even though they were no more likely than whites to use or sell illegal drugs. Prison admissions for drug offenses reached a level in 2000 for African Americans more than 26 times the level in 1983. All of the presidents since 1980 have contributed to mass incarceration, but as Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson recently observed, ‘President Clinton’s tenure was the worst.'”
Is this the person we want to lead our country? Her husband proved to us that he was not the best president for us over and over again.
In fact, Alexander gives us statistics on the Clinton administration that were never reported. She writes, “When Bill left office in 2001, the true jobless rate for young, non-college-educated Black men (including those behind bars) was 42 percent. This figure was never reported.”
Hillary’s $25 Billion Dollar Plan for HBCUs doesn’t make sense
In April 2015, I interviewed the former Executive Director of the White House Initiative on HBCUs, Dr. John S Wilson, he told me that capital enlargement was a major priority during his time with the initiative.
In that article he says, “we greatly increased the overall federal funding to HBCUs. Just before President Obama took office, the total federal funding to HBCUs was a little under $4 billion. Just after President Obama’s first term, as I shifted from the White House to Morehouse, the federal funding had risen to over $5.3 billion.”
A NBC news article spells out her plan to allocate $25 billion dollars to HBCUs, however, questions still loom. How will she get this done? Will $19.7 billion dollars fall out of the sky?
Conservative Philanthropist Robert A. Day Supports Her Campaign
A New York Times article tells us that Robert A. Day supported Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie and Hillary Clinton. He has also supported the Republican National Committee during the George W. Bush administration. According to a news source, he hosted a fundraiser with President Bush raising $1 million for the Republican National Committee. Why is this Republican philanthropist supporting Hillary? Could it be that he knows that supporting her is not far from supporting a Republican candidate?
Robert Day supporting Hillary could mean that he believes that she will be a good candidate and can run a presidency very similar to the Bush brothers. He supports Hillary’s campaign at a reported number near $11,000–which is not much, however, no one will ever invest a dime in anything that they think cannot give them the return they want to see in the world.
According to The Black Enterprise, President Bush’s budget proposal had major cuts in it for HBCUs. They argue, “At the time, Lezli Baskerville, president and CEO of the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, said Bush’s budget proposal essentially nullified an increase in funding that was promised to HBCUs by the 2007 College Cost Reduction and Access Act.”
In short, the Bush Administration, which we know she has ties to now, was never kind to the HBCU community.
She served as a Wal-Mart Board of Director from 1986-1992
Lastly, this is something that no one is talking about. Hillary served on the board of directors at Wal-Mart. Let that sink in for a bit. In a 2008 ABC News article entitled:”Clinton Remained Silent As Wal-Mart Fought Unions”, it argues, “Hillary Clinton remained silent as the world’s largest retailer waged a major campaign against labor unions seeking to represent store workers.”
In fact, I am not sure why unions support her when she supported an organization that has fought tirelessly against workers fighting to unionize. Do they understand who they are supporting? Furthermore, that article also spells out, “An ABC News analysis of the videotapes of at least four stockholder meetings where Clinton appeared shows she never once rose to defend the role of American labor unions.”
The article goes even further to explain Hillary’s silence stating, “A former board member told ABCNews.com that he had no recollection of Clinton defending unions during more than 20 board meetings held in private.”
Hillary, who is well loved by African-Americans and labor unions, has a history of serving on the board of an anti-union organization and never raised her voice to speak out against it. Hillary claims that all Bernie talks about is his passion to solve income inequality while history tells us that she supported an organization, the world’s largest retailer, that is the face of income inequality in this country.
We want Hillary R. Clinton to be our president?
‘Stay woke’ HBCU community!