We are one step closer to electing a new Commander-in-Chief, and from what I see, Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the first woman President of the United States of America.
Let me make this perfectly clear, I do not think that we had much of a choice when looking at the two candidates. Donald Trump was never fit to be President in the first place, but after last week’s revelation about “The Donald” putting his hands in places where they have no business, things have become clearer than ever. Furthermore, to bring women who have allegedly had interactions with President Bill Clinton to a debate, is just a low blow. We do not need a man in office who will stoop so low. His campaign trail is nothing shy of a three-ring circus. Donald Trump will not be the next President of the United States of America…So let’s move on!
Congratulations Hillary Clinton, you have made history. You will be the first woman to become President of this country. The Clintons will truly become the “First Family.” Only FDR (4 terms) has been in the White House longer than the Clintons. What a powerful White House for this country have. To have a former President living back in the White House as the spouse of the current President has got to be a win-win for everyone! Two heads are better than one, right? This just seems like a match made in Heaven, right?
Now that we have celebrated your accomplishments, I have one question. What does all of this mean to Black people? Julia Craven of The Huffington Post wrote, “What a lot of black voters aren’t aware of, however, is how the 1994 Violent Crime and Law Enforcement Act of his presidency helped mass incarceration become more efficient with the “three strikes” implementation, a provision that imposed life sentences on anyone convicted of a violent felony after two or more priors. Former President Clinton also signed into law the 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act, which gutted welfare. He repealed the Glass-Steagall Act in 1996— a Depression-era banking law that kept different kinds of banking institutions separate — which, arguably, led to the 2008 housing crisis and disproportionately affected black homeowners.”
Have we thought about what things may look like once the Clintons enter back into the White House, and the effect that it will have on us again? Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza in her interview with Bloomberg stated, “The Clintons use black people for votes, but then don’t do anything for black communities after they’re elected. They use us for photo ops.”
What are we worth to the Clintons? Are we just a vote? What does history say? Have we been taken care of by them? When we look around the globe you will find that they Clintons are doing the same damage to Blacks abroad that they do here in the United States.
For example, the Clintons lobbied the State Department to transfer funding away from AIDS programs to a training program for health professionals in Rwanda.
We also know that they helped donors profit from the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, which killed approximately 200,000 Haitians. Another person who profited from Haiti’s earthquake was Hillary Clinton’s younger brother Tony Rodham. In October 2013, he joined the board of VCS Mining which is part of the Clinton Global Initiative. Mining can be very dangerous for Haiti, notably to their soil, and water supply .
I won’t even begin to speak about the corruption in Nigeria, and Boko Haram.
There is enough evidence to be concerned if you are Black, but I guess this is better than the alternative… There are a lot of Black leaders who have spoken out about the Clintons, only to be silenced by our own people. We claim to know how good the Clintons have been to us, but for some reason, I have not seen their goodness on display in most predominately black communites which I have visited in the US.
I am truly concerned with what the next 4 years are going to look like. I believe that we are placing our faith, and our fate in the hands of an individual who has shown us that we are only a tool in the shed, with a certain purpose. We are valuable only for a short period of time, and after that we will get back to our normal way of living.
I know that our options are limited. I know that she is the better choice in comparison to Donald Trump. I know that Hillary will be our next President. What I also know is that she will do what she has always done to help the Black community, and that is nothing. I also know what she has done to hurt Black communities all over the world, and that is much.
Get prepared, the Clintons are heading back to Washington!
Gregory Meriweather is the CEO of the Black on Black Network (blackonblack.network), and the host of the Black on Black Radio Show in Indianapolis, IN.