Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Our Darkest Hour - Trump Just Suggested That Hillary Should Be Shot (VIDEO)

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Gabby Giffords was "marked with crosshairs" in Sarah Palin Advertisement before she was shot at a campaign event.

Republican congressman threatens President Obama's life on Twitter.

Hillary Clinton Likes To Rename Buildings After Black People

It's no secret that Hillary Clinton has done a lot to move the discussion on Civil Rights forward in America.  You can look at her record of change-making on that topic here (click link).  But what is not as well publicized are the ways in which Hillary Clinton has sought to advance the standing of minorities in the historical record by awards and recognition.

Here are just a few examples of ways in which Clinton has aimed to give minorities their rightful part in the American legend:

Hillary introduces bill to designate the building located at 1 Federal Plaza in New York, New York, as the “James L. Watson United States Courthouse”.

Hillary Clinton introduces bill to designate the United States courthouse located at 40 Centre Street in New York, New York, as the “Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse".

Even though Jack Shea was white, he is something of a Civil Rights icon because he boycotted the 1936 Olympic Games in Germany to protest the treatment of Jews in concentration camps.  Here is where Hillary Clinton brought a bill to the Senate which would rename a Lake Placid Post Office after him.

She also passed a bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 555 West 180th Street in New York, New York, as the “Sergeant Riayan A. Tejeda Post Office”.  Tejeda was a Marine who died in Iraq before becoming an American citizen and was posthumously given citizenship in a ceremony at his family’s home.

In 2005, it was Hillary Clinton who called for a resolution honoring Shirley Chisholm for her service to our nation.  Chisholm was the first African American woman to be elected to congress and the first woman to run for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination

In 2002, Clinton also got the ball rolling on giving the Congressional Gold Medal to Dr. Dorothy Height, the President of the National Council for Negro Women (NCNW).  Height was first awarded and recognized by President Bill Clinton in 1994, then by Congress in 2004 and her funeral was attended by President Obama in 2010.

In perhaps one of the most interesting bills that was thrown into the "referred to committee" pile,  Hillary Clinton also called for Harriet Tubman to be recognized not just as a Civil Rights hero - but also as a Civil War hero.

Additional Reading:
Read the Racial Justice page on HillaryClinton.com

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Bernie Thought He Could Manipulate Black Voters - Black Voters Said No.

There is an uncomfortable half-truth that conservatives tell about liberals which stabs at the limbs of the progressive movement.  That is the line about white liberals pandering to black voters.  The reason I call it a half-truth is because it ignores the fact that black Democrats are leaders in their own right.  The conservative rhetoric would have you believe that black people are "gullible voters" and not ever candidates or political players themselves. It is racist, in that sense - depicting black democrats as inferior to everyone else.
Bernie Sanders, with help from Cornel West and Killer Mike, made himself the perfect example of this liberal pandering.  On Super Tuesday, black Democratic voters decided they've had enough.

Cornel West, a Sanders surrogate on the campaign trail, for his part, made an appearance on CNN, where he shouted down a young black man and disrespected him for being a Hillary Clinton supporter.  He basically called the young man ignorant.  It was shameful.   But he didn't stop there... West went on to claim that "Hillary called our community Super Predators."

That was a lie.

Hillary Clinton never called the black community "Super Predators".  The only time she ever used the phrase was in 1996 and she was describing gang members who have no conscience and a penchant for violence... race had nothing to do with it.

The Super Predator lie is part of a larger mythological narrative that Sanders has patched together using right-wing talking points and hacked up clips of Hillary's media appearances over the years... of which there are plenty.

Another example of this is the now infamous "marriage is between a man and a woman" floor speech.  The video clip that Sanders' supporters have callously strewn across the internet is heavily edited and only shows Hillary affirming that she believed "marriage is the sacred bond between a man and a woman."  This is meant to make the viewer perceive her as homophobic. The reality of that speech, however, is that Hillary was speaking in DEFENSE of LGBT Civil Unions when Republicans had presented a bill to outlaw them.  Hillary, of course, voted against the anti-gay bill that was presented that day.

So, by lying to black and gay voters about Clinton's record, the Sanders campaign is doing the worst kind of pandering.  It's a smear job.  It's snake oil.

Bernie Sanders promised he would run a clean campaign.  He has done exactly the opposite and he has encouraged his supporters to behave like an angry mob, attacking the social media of anyone who dares to defy their so-called revolution.  It backfired.  It will continue to backfire.