Why Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Deserve the Black Vote

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Michelle Alexander author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color blindness shares  her thoughts on Hillary Clinton and the black vote.  Very interesting.

Here is an excerpt:

The love affair between black folks and the Clintons has been going on for a long time. It began back in 1992, when Bill Clinton was running for president. He threw on some shades and played the saxophone on The Arsenio Hall Show. It seems silly in retrospect, but many of us fell for that. At a time when a popular slogan was “It’s a black thing, you wouldn’t understand,” Bill Clinton seemed to get us. When Toni Morrison dubbed him our first black president, we nodded our heads. We had our boy in the White House. Or at least we thought we did.

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It should be noted that, and I discovered this in reading Ian Haney Lopez’s excellent book, Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism & Wrecked The Middle Class, Toni Morrison did not mean “first black president” in the sense that has been portrayed in the media for years. Lopez explains that she argued that many aspects of Clinton’s biography connected to stereotypes of blackness such as single-parent, born poor, working-class, and, yes, saxophone playing.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates Stirs Debate With Treatise On “The Black Family In The Age Of Mass Incarceration”

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The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates is back with a probing analysis titled “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration.”

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Why We Should Be Suspicious of the Libertarian Right’s Newfound Concern for Prison Reform

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Like many criminal justice and drug policy reformers I have watched with great interest the growing bi-partisan support among elected officials for addressing ‘mass incarceration.’ Much of this new-found interest is due in part to Michelle Alexander’s well-received book, “The New Jim Crow,” which elevated concerns about mass incarceration and its relationship to the ‘war on drugs’ in African American and liberal communities. Response to “The New Jim Crow” is part of a broad cultural shift in discussion of drugs and criminal justice policies, reflected in the popularity of shows like “Breaking Bad” and “Weeds,” documentary films like “The House I Live In” and growing national acceptance of marijuana legalization. As someone who has spent the past 15 years advocating for reform of our criminal justice system and the end of punitive drug prohibition these developments should fill me with hope and optimism, instead I am filled with skepticism and great trepidation for the future.

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