Why Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Deserve the Black Vote


Michelle Alexander | The Nation | Truthout | February 12, 2016

Governor Bill Clinton and wife Hillary Clinton at a campaign rally in McAllen, Texas, in 1992. (Photo via Shutterstock)Former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton at a campaign rally in McAllen, Texas, in 1992. (Photo: Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock.com)

Hillary Clinton loves black people. And black people love Hillary – or so it seems. Black politicians have lined up in droves to endorse her, eager to prove their loyalty to the Clintons in the hopes that their faithfulness will be remembered and rewarded. Black pastors are opening their church doors, and the Clintons are making themselves comfortably at home once again, engaging effortlessly in all the usual rituals associated with “courting the black vote,” a pursuit that typically begins and ends with Democratic politicians making black people feel liked and taken seriously. Doing something concrete to improve the conditions under which most black people live is generally not required.

Hillary is looking to gain momentum on the campaign trail as the primaries move out of Iowa and New Hampshire and into states like South Carolina, where large pockets of black voters can be found. According to some polls, she leads Bernie Sanders by as much as 60 percent among African Americans. It seems that we – black people – are her winning card, one that Hillary is eager to play.

And it seems we’re eager to get played. Again.

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