“What about Clinton’s attempt to connect then Senator Obama to Reverend Wright. Was it a
wrongful (racial) smear campaign?”
Jack seems to miss the fact that Obama denounced Reverend Wright as early as March in 2008, but it was a continuing theme throughout the Clinton campaign well after his denunciation. To further explain how this was racial (Jack seems hesitant to use the word although he would use sexist for Clinton) Clinton “used guilt by association to further “other” Obama as un-American and downright scary to white people.” This makes perfect sense when realizing Clinton attempted to unfairly tie a black politician, who is considered to be “deracialized” , to a black nationalist movement.
And on the term superpreadtor, a key point of my original piece, Let us as Marco Rubio says dispel with this notion that it was not racist. When considering crime rates in the black communities it’s intuitive to realize black juveniles were painted with the same brush as black men. Although juvenile crime was on a steep decline, vicious stereotypes of black youth remained. From Northwestern Law professor Steven A. Drizin:
“Inescapably, superpredator dread had a racial component. What the doomsayers focused on, in the main, were young male African-Americans.”
Denying the racial aspect of the term is exactly why people like Bill Clinton “almost want to apologize” for saying to Black Lives Matter protesters they don’t care about black lives taken by black on black crime.
Jack claims that “No, “the strangle hold [sic] the Democratic Party has on the black vote, party capture” does not force black voters to vote for Hillary Clinton instead of Bernie Sanders.” He misunderstands how party capture plays into the hands of the Clinton brand, the brand I described before. Black Political Professor Vincent Hutchins articulates how establishment loyalty fuses with brand loyalty as it relates to party capture:
“Because of sharp racial divisions in the South—sharper than they are in the Midwest—blacks have a firm recognition that the Democratic Party is identified with their group,… Blacks in the South may have a harder time supporting an avowed socialist from Vermont, who only recently embraced the Democratic Party, in part because their identification with the Party brand historically has reigned supreme.”
In this Vice video (12:40), a black man says that “if she[Hillary Clinton] ever get in the chair, Bill gonna be back in the white house, so Bill gonna be pushing buttons from behind.” Interestingly black men such as my father also have said this regarding a Hillary Clinton administration. Some may object to this line of thinking, assuming it is sexist, but it is not unreasonable to surmise that many people, especially men, think that Bill will be running the show behind the scenes. This is what I mean by the Clinton brand. Hillary benefits from her last name.
(Update: Hillary Clinton has said “My husband, who I’m going to put in charge of revitalizing the economy, ’cause you know he knows how to do it,” This comment proves that the Clintons are a package deal, the premise of my argument that they are brand by their name. The comment is also a sobering revelation in regard to Jack’s claims in Party Capture? Try Again.
To reiterate from my original post, the Clintons are the establishment Democrats, who were popular during times of conservative dominance. Jack cleverly cites polling data on African-Americans’ overall job approval rating of the Clinton administration. This however, misses the mastery of racial pandering aspect. Bill Clinton “As president, when it came to black people, Bill Clinton was a magician. He could conjure from his political top hat racial rabbits that pleased the black crowd and made them go “ahh.”
The most prolific black female writer in contemporary times, Toni Morrison, critically examines the black affinity for Bill Clinton in her famous New Yorker essay:
“Clinton displays almost every trope of blackness: single-parent household, born poor, working-class, saxophone-playing, McDonald’s-and-junk-food-loving boy from Arkansas.”
Read further to hear a scholarly black voice on the “first black president” phenomena.(Warning: this article darkly contrasts with what Jack implies)
When evaluating Bill Clinton, I juxtapose playing the saxophone in Aresnio Hall, with maintaining the 100 to 1 crack cocaine ratio, even after reading official reports that showed it was the most heinous racial disparity in the criminal justice system. I look at how one can simultaneously compete for white votes, while at the same time ensuring the black vote is secure.
My colleague cites poll data of the general rating of Clinton by black people, but does not go into any depth about polls specifically regarding racial remarks, and polls that present said remarks for the several African-Americans who did not hear them. As I have said before, it is undeniable that the Clinton name rings bells in the black community. I never once denied this support as Jack misleadingly claims, but just like the black politicians whose comments display objections to the Clintons’ remarks, I reasonably believe if more black people heard these comments they would agree with me, and a whole host of black political commentators.
The closest data we do have on Hillary Clinton specifically during 2008 shows her favorability among black people dropped 26 points, and unfavorability rose 26 points:
This is a much better indicator of how we(black people) felt about her campaign, than the job approval rating of her husband.
Jack misunderstands black autonomy. Even if he could prove with 100% certainty that “(even
other most black people) legitimately disagree.”with me, it does not necessarily reflect poorly on my black judgement. Disagreeing with the majority, the monolith that the black community is portrayed as, is exactly what white liberals like Jack don’t comprehend, as I said in my original article.
Jack claims that for the majority of black people “But to ignore their support when the issue at hand is racism? That’s a rather glaring omission.” Black leaders such as Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Nat Turner, and W.E.B. Dubois had different opinions on race than the majority of black people at the time, and we all know how misguided they were in their fights against white supremacy.