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Fri Apr 8, 2016, 05:46 PM

 

Between Bill Clinton and Black Lives Matter, a generational divide



Former President Bill Clinton clashed with Black Lives Matter protesters in a lengthy and heated exchange in Philadelphia Thursday over the effect his 1994 crime bill on African-Americans.
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The deeper query, however, is “Who’s right?”

The answer to that – whether the crime bill was a mistake that needlessly incarcerated thousands of blacks, or a necessary response to a surge in urban crime – may depend on one’s generational and racial perspective.

Let’s step back and let the protest set the stage. While speaking in Philadelphia on behalf of his wife Thursday, Bill Clinton was repeatedly heckled about his crime bill and its effects. According to reports from the scene, the protesters were persistent and angry. One yelled that Mr. Clinton should be charged with crimes against humanity.

The protesters were speaking from an experience in which police violence against blacks and the disproportionate imprisonment of young black men have become enormous national issues. Rightly or wrongly, the ’94 crime bill, which expanded the death penalty, encouraged states to hand out lengthier prison sentences, and reduced federal aid for inmate education, is often cited as a wellspring of today’s US incarceration policies.
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link: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/Decoder/2016/0408/Between-Bill-Clinton-and-Black-Lives-Matter-a-generational-divide

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Fri Apr 8, 2016, 06:11 PM

1. Gee, what would he do if all the unemployed showed up angry about NAFTA?

 

This generation is living in Bill Clinton's policy world. We all are.

What would he say if people who are sick of the MSM show up because we are angry he signed the telecommunications act, and turned our media into a private corporate entity, and they can actually black out someone running for President, who is winning.

I'll drop this here and leave. We all know our country allows certain amounts of drugs into the country for their 'black ops'. Money not appropriated from our taxes, so they don't have to tell us what it's for, in the name of national security. So, where do they dump the drugs to start the cycle of generational hell? In the lower income neighborhoods, who are already kicked down. What about all the drugs going into Mena, AR? What if I showed up with a sign asking about that? And there was no physical aggressiveness for them to handle him, make him leave. Even when it was over, they still wanted to 'escort' him. For what? The signs were not vulgar. I agree with another who said, Bill is taking this personal, when out there publicly, and he didn't handle it as you usually do. If he wants to retire and not be aware of what some people really think of him, then he should get off the stage. He said he loved protesters, so why the sudden anger and lashing out? He took it personally. Look, not everyone is going to like your presidency. He forgot that was part of having the job. Usually, he's surrounded by drivers, security, and everyone who wants to say hi and get a pic. This is a different arena. There is a contest going on, and our issues will be debated and protested whether he likes it or not. So he has a choice, to continue to add to what has become a very toxic campaign or go find something else to do. Bill was troublesome in IA in 08. I remember.

It's not smear, to talk about the greed and the policies that allow all of this, along with who is connected, if they are your opponent in a race for the highest office in the land.

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Fri Apr 8, 2016, 06:13 PM

2. Consummate race-baiters

It's mystifying that black people support any Clinton. I sure as hell won't.

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