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Bernie vs Hillary: Who is Going to Win the Black Vote?

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By: Evette Champion

Yesterday, we posted an article where Killer Mike gave a passionate speech on why Bernie Sanders is the only candidate that the African American community should be voting for. In reading your comments, we can see the polarizing feelings.

S’Ann brought up a good point by saying:

“During her debate in Flint, Michigan she conveniently defended her husband for employment gains during his presidency, but has yet to address what they plan to do to remedy his failed crime bill that significantly destroyed the African American community!”

And expanded on it with:

“FYI, if elected, Hillary will not have jurisdiction over state prisons. Her criminal justice reform will only impact federal prisons, which is only 3.5% of the total prison population. As of 2014, the majority of people (nearly 1.4 million) are in state prisons. Therefore, her national reform plan to reduce mass incarceration is insufficient.”

Then we have Nyabingi Djehutti whose whole comment was eloquently stated that  it made me ponder our democratic system entirely by saying:

“It is precisely the current state of bipartisan ignorance that gives credence to dictatorships. At this point, America would be better off with a benevolent dictator who had the best interest of its citizens at heart, than an elected low-IQ, hot-headed, tyrant like Trump in command of a nuclear arsenal capable of bringing about Armageddon.

At least Bernie Sanders speaks intelligently to the issues at hand, especially regarding the economy. However, it is unfortunate that most people don’t know what he’s talking about. The Achilles heel of Democracy is an uninformed and ignorant voting public.”

The love affair for the Clinton’s has been going on all the way back since 1992 when Bill was running for president and appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show wearing sunglasses and playing the saxophone. During that time, many African Americans believed that Bill Clinton understood the black community and they even “claimed” him and called him the first black president.

What is truly baffling is how deeply that love affair goes. Why, even now when Clinton is running against (as TheNation.com says) “a democratic socialist who promises a political revolution that will bring universal healthcare, a living wage, an end to rampant Wall Street greed, and the dismantling of the vast prison state—many of the same goals that Martin Luther King Jr. championed at the end of his life.”

Many news outlets who are covering this very story paint the same picture: the older members of African American community are blindly following Clinton, whereas the younger crowd isn’t so willing to trust Clinton, especially when she referred to at-risk black youth as “super predators” in a public speech in 1996.

With the numbers continually flipping and flopping between Sanders and Clinton, it’s still too early to know for sure which candidate truly has the support of the African American community. Well, whether it’s Hillary or Bernie, at least you know it isn’t Trump!

Or… Could Trump still swoop in and win the Black vote? Some think it’s still possible…just read this USA today article with Tavis Smiley.  But what do you think? Who will win the Black vote?

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