Activist Tells Hillary to Her Face That She’s Responsible for Mass Incarceration

August 19, 2015   |   Carey Wedler

Carey Wedler
August 19, 2015

(ANTIMEDIA) This week, Chicago Black Lives Matter activists questioned Hillary Clinton at a New Hampshire campaign event about America’s mass incarceration problem, which undeniably bears racist undertones. Clinton provided a predictably calculated, talking-point ridden response, skillfully ignoring the crux of his point: that Clinton herself helped create this catastrophic dilemma.

In the exclusive video obtained by GOOD Magazine, an activist expresses his happiness that he is able to speak with Clinton.

He then quickly references her recent denunciation of the prison-industrial complex and argues that “America’s first drug is free black labor and and turning black bodies into profit. And the mass incarceration system mirrors an awful lot like the prison plantation system.” The activist says that until white America acknowledges “anti-blackness as a founding problem in this country, there will not be a solution.”

Mmmhmm,” Clinton intones multiple times as she nods in agreement with his statement.

He then politely calls her out for her past support of policies that helped to create America’s prison problem. A title slide in the video appears:

Hillary Clinton lobbied Congress to pass the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act. Bill Clinton signed the act into law in 1994...The largest crime bill in history, it provided $9.7 billion in prison funding. From 1992 to 2000, the amount of prisoners in the U.S. increased almost 60%,” it reads.

The activist asks Clinton to explain her recent “change of heart” on the issue and to discuss how what she learned could help America and black citizens as a whole.

Clinton begins her response, providing self-aggrandizing deflections to obfuscate the question at hand. First, she draws upon the children, citing her efforts through the Children’s Defense Fund to “give kids, particularly poor kids, particularly black kids and Hispanic kids, the same chance to live up to their own God-given potential as any other kid.”

She acknowledges America’s “original sin” of institutionalized racism and goes on to dictate a lesson on social progress. Clinton purports to be very knowledgeable about the subject, citing past minority movements and their ability to formulate a plan to further their cause. Eager to insert a talking point about her record of caring about the disenfranchised, she says, “Obviously, I know more about the civil rights movement in the old days because I had a lot of involvement in working with people…”

She argues that activists today need a plan of action to deal with issues facing black America, all the while flattering their passion and efforts to elevate consciousness.

Ironically, she notes that “You can get any white person to pay lip service” to black concerns, which is exactly what she did to the activist questioning her.

Clinton failed to acknowledge his initial question about her apparent change of heart (read: opportunistic decision to jump on the trend against mass incarceration). She failed to so much as recognize the fact that she contributed to the problem she now claims to want to solve.

Clinton has helped create the world’s largest prison population not only by lobbying for the 1994 law referenced in the video, but by accepting money from the private prison lobby which has even continued to flood into her 2016 presidential campaign. She has also supported the Drug War, which has indisputably led to America’s over-bloated prison population, sending more non-violent black people behind bars than any other group per capita. She has also supported aggressive foreign policy, which has increased American militarism and provided a steady stream of military equipment to local police through the 1033 program, which began as an effort to bolster the war on drugs.

In part two of the conversation, the activist accuses Clinton of victim-blaming for the way she attempted to dictate how activists should present the issue and formulate a plan of action. Regardless of whether or not her observation was correct, he argues that if she stops telling black people what to do, they will stop telling “you all” what to do.

I don’t believe you change hearts. I believe you change laws,” she retorts. “You change allocation of resources, you change the way systems operate.” After finishing her statements, she hustles away with her handlers.

What Hillary Clinton ignorantly refuses to acknowledge is that laws have utterly failed to end racism and institutionalized racial disparity. The Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964, and while it ended state mandated racial segregation and sought to address social inequity, the fact is that segregation still exists in America’s cities (especially in the North East) and racial inequality is nowhere near being solved.

While the media focuses on Clinton’s email scandal (an issue conservatives can loathe her for while ignoring bipartisan corruption regarding the war machine and corporatism), Clinton continues to shirk issues that actually matter while contributing to their exacerbation and “the way systems operate.”


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Carey Wedler joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in September of 2014. As a senior editor, her topics of interest include the police and warfare states, the Drug War, the relevance of history to current problems and solutions, and positive developments that drive humanity forward. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California, where she was born and raised. Learn more about Wedler here!

Author: Carey Wedler

Carey Wedler joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in September of 2014. Her topics of interest include the police and warfare states, the Drug War, the relevance of history to current problems and solutions, and positive developments that drive humanity forward. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California, where she was born and raised.

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  1. This is BS. A bunch of activists rudely interrupting political candidates over stuff they have no control over. If African Americans are targeted for crime they should do something about it.
    Not bitch about it.

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  2. And interrupting a political candidate (and potential president) to discuss the matter isn't attempting to 'do something about it'. Oh I see they're just bitching huh…FOH

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  3. Thats what they are trying to do by speaking to a politician who claims she supports their movement and the fair treatment of minorties. As this article explains she has lobbied for bills that fund prison systems and been in full support of the "war on drugs" so the point of this article that it seems you did not read is that she is a hypocrite. Id also like to add if people of your race maybe even people in your family where targeted and killed weekly just for their skin color i would think you have all the right to bitch and complain.

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  4. Ayo-Ololara Ifeoma Nomande No, all it's doing is making more people question the legitimacy of the Black Lives Matter movement. Especially when it's done to the one candidate who actually cares about civil rights and plans to do something about it instead of running his mouth with empty campaign promises. What Bernie Sanders says he's going to do, he does. Rudely interrupting the one candidate who cares just shows how ignorant the people who did the interrupting are. Perhaps they should have done some research before making asses of themselves.

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  5. Curtis Corse If Hilary Clinton cares about black lives, Obama doesn't care about gay rights… People are dumb they see right through self serving rhetoric.

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  8. This was a scheduled meeting connected to a campaign event, nobody interrupted anything.

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  9. Clinton shucked and jived around the question she was asked like a world class politician who admits to nothing and promises nothing. The gentleman asked her a very relevant question in a oerfectly respectful way. Take a look at at Clinton's body language and see how aggressively she jabs a finger at thim in response. She was pissed that she was called out – and tried to turn the tables on him. Wrong in so many ways.

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  10. I am SOO sorry if I hurt your feelings in any way but when I voice my opinion I dont try to be politically correct or to please anyone. be pol

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  12. like a typical poltician she didnt answer the question the real problem is the non screening of racism in cops the failure to have an elected authority present to arrest a cop if the act… or are going to act illegally , and the biggie the drug laws the drug laws enable profiling of everyone not just blacks but minorities the government needs to get out of peoples bodies, and stop allowing police to patrol around in a power trip like nazi gestapo

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  13. I hope she ends up in jail and then maybe a change of heart may be in order. She's the real criminal, men and women in business suits.

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  17. Ayo-Ololara Ifeoma Nomande, you are the one being a "rude fuck" ( I'm using your language.) Profanities were never used in my comment and I have a right to expresss myself based on my onterpretation of the same video that was posted on this article. We can talk about the arguments, and the response given by Clinton, but I would never get to your level of shallow thinking and limited critical skills that can only attack others when their ideas are confronted. Thnki straight. Use your head more than your emotions.

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  19. Sanders gets interrupted and he goes off to the side like a beaten kid.
    Clinton acts intelligently if ineffectively: She layers a bunch of bull then slides off without answering a thing; a true politician. What in the world did you idiots think she would do?
    Trump gets interogated and he just says something politically incorrect again. Then calls security.
    Trump's got my vote.
    The way the polls are going; apparently everybody else's too.

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  20. Translation: it doesnt look like fun being black, it's your problem, you fix it.
    What a load of bull.

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  21. Well Bernie got caught up right there unexpectedly, he doesn't have the money to hire security like Hillary or the Trump. Hillary pulled that off because if those people would have attempted to bumrush the stage, they would have gotten ventilated by secret service and her private security.

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  22. If Bernie didn't have the money to hire security, then he should have because . . he looked real bad . .
    As for Hillary it proves she knows an intelligent way how to handle bullies: First; bullshit, then; bullies of her own.
    As for Trump; if he did use BS first he wouldn't have been very good at it. He would have just had his own private army throw them out into the next world. Or maybe have Jesse Ventura do it.

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  23. From this activists logic, Americans first drug wasn't black slave labor, it was the decitful, murderous, manipulative, theiving practices that killed and enslaved the native American peoples. So I'm sorry but he is incorrect and by using his logic the native American people's issues should move to the head of the line before the African American people. Or we could stop the racial divisioning and and say all people who feel they are being oppressed in this country. Like some of us who are a mixture of different ethnicities and were unfortunate enough to be born poor. If the African Americans black lives matter movement is about equality based culture then they can't pick and choose where the equality starts and stops. It must apply across the board at the same time for everyone. Or if they want it to be based on a timeline of history, they should accept that they don't come first. The native American people do.

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  24. It doesn't matter.. If you approach Bernie Sanders with an issue, he is going to give an earnest answer. Just watch his interview with Vox. Hillary just spun a line of shit that went around in circles and Trump doesn't even have answers. Trump just says "trust me, I'm Donald Trump.. Just because of the fact that Sanders stepped out of the way to avoid confrontation doesn't make him weak. It may show just the opposite. This argument is arbitrary to the issues that we face in this country. Bernie's political record speaks for itself and he has shown guts for standing up to the right people. I don't see Clinton or Trump standing up to corporate America. I see them grovelling to it.. So, who is the weak one here? And who speaks for the general welfare of us, the individuals? Stop nit picking the minute issues. Put your blinders on and focus, people.

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  27. If Sanders gives in to the first rude pest who takes away his 'spotlight, what's going to happen when he comes into contact with terrorists or dictators?
    Pay extortion?
    Give them nuclear weapons?
    Or give away the Panama Canal?

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  28. I'd say that's a bit different. This was a US citizen. Not to mention this was a personal confrontation. It wasn't some official business surrounded by guards talking with a representitive from another country.

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  30. I disagree. Weakness is weakness no matter how personal or whatever shape or country it comes from.

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  31. You find a minor flaw in his argument so you can ignore the real point.

    Native American problems should be addressed too. But the doors not nullify the fact that we throw away 15% of our population and it needs to stop. And Hillary doesn't care about that. She'll do nothing about police and prison issues if elected.

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  32. She is right. There must be a tangible goal and effort poured into that goal for actual change to occur.

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  34. Right, because listening to the concerns of United States citizens as a Presidential candidate out on the campaign trail is the same thing as the President of the United States giving nuclear weapons (or the Panama Canal – hahahaha) to terrorists and dictators.

    I see you studied acting at the National Shakespeare Conservatory, Will. What did you major in, Histrionics?

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  35. Yeah I studied "histrionics" and history. There are many tragic examples in history of dealing with appeasement which you probably know.

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  36. Then you will recall the Reign of Terror, when a monarch, out of touch with her people, thought herself above listening to their very reasonable complaints and… well, you know the rest. Sanders did not "give in" to BLM, he simply said he refused to yell over them. There is a time when such a civil response is preferable to hard line tactics such as treating somebody like a terrorist. What (I believe) you are hinting at has me contemplating Godwin's Law, and it is a slippery slope argument, to boot.

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  37. Wait, the man who respectfully asks legitimate questions regarding issues that Hillary, herself have had a hand in creating, is a bully? Yeah, Trump is definitely your man.

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  39. Of course . he was too dignified to yell over them, talk 'around them (Ala Hillary) or just plain thrown out like perhaps our friend Trump . .
    What else would he be too "dignified" not to do?

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  40. I love how arrogant you are. You and anyone else bashing on Sanders for something like this. Let me make a few points. 1. This pattern of everything being about Sanders is a sign he is in a very high position in public opinion. 2. He is doing a "grassroots" movement to show his views. 3. "Grassroots" means the middle and lower class. 4. This makes him more prone to letting the lower class americans say what they wanna say before he addresses it. 5. Not budging and going around an answer instead of taking sides is procrastination. 6. bullying a worried citizen or acting higher than them are the actions of someone who doesn't care about them and shows a form of immature avoidance of responsibility. 7. MUST READ: Your arguement was arrogant and even more so in the fact you use an instance where he was being mature and not even in a place he felt he had to fight in. Bernie has chewed out people in much higher positions than himself for a long long time. in 2003 he chewed out officials for letting manufacturing jobs move overseas. Look it up there is videos. In 2008 that same official came out saying his ideology was flawed and wrong. 8. What would he do to terrorists and dictators? Well firstly America has done state terrorism more than once. The Iraq war is one count. (and no 9/11 had nothing to do with it.) Dropping nuclear warheads on Japan is another… Being america does NOT excuse America for terrorizing other people and countries. Sanders giving nuclear weapons to terrorists is not happening considering his stance on the wars currently being we have no reason to be there as well as he would be dealing with officials not the poor he sympathizes with. 9. Addressing Dictatorship: Pay Extortion….hmm you mean black money since that is what extortion is. Why would bernie do that when one of his main talks is about making extortion in political areas illegal since it is legal to extort in politics right now. Bernie is the only candidate not taking money from the top 1%. He wants to make wall street take responsibility for crashing the economy. (which they did.) Addressing dictatorship on the people. America currently with black money legal is already in a dictatorship unless we make it illegal. Example: Bernie was being interviewed when the question was. "Your hair is a lot less fashionable than hillary's what do you think of that?" and bernie replied with. "I don't mean to be rude but, I'm a candidate running for important economical reasons do you have any important questions you want to ask?" and the news site said he was in the wrong…. now the news programs are some of the top 1% buying candidates "stocks". Americans are fooled into fear thus making them feel like everything that is important is war. War is more dangerous than starvation, uneducation, homelessness, unemployment etc. It is not. look at casualty counts. In our recent war against terror we only lost around 6,800 troops. Sad to see them go but this is VERY mild compared to other wars. In fact this is barely over half the deaths we had in the mexican-american war. A war almost nobody remembers! In the Meuse-Argonne Offensive we lost 26,277 people. nearly 20k people more lost in that ONE battle not war battle than in the entire war on terror from 2001 to now. This fear is justified to a point but to the point this fear is now it is nothing but irrational. The government wants this fear. It is how they dictate….it's what ALL dictators did to their populous. They rule by fear. Just America rules by making you fear others instead of them. Brush this off if you wish simple fact is I see little point in argueing too much more as I know my words are educated. I don't major in this but I do research it.

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  41. False statement go do ur history oh n one more thing which class of citizens are still being discriminated against and killed and hated by all other races I will give u a hint…its not the Indians but for giggles while Indians were being killed so were africans and yes at the same time

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  42. Haha, figures you have to go to that kind of arguement to defend yourself. Yes, I do but only part time as I have college to worry about. Not that that has anything to do with this. Somehow after this comment I feel you are just trolling at this point. I do however wish you luck with your associates from the Conservatory. I'm sure in the 17 years since it ceased operations you were just warming up and we will all know you eventually. I can't even find you mentioned. Just a boy born 1999 with your name that stood up for gay rights… good on him. All I found on you by searching name and education is a profile viewable to the public saying you work for a transportation company. I did my research only because I didn't want to say something wrong. I respect your opinion but don't try to bring personal life into things or someone might bring yours to question. Have a wonderful day.

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  43. Okay; a part time job. For someone who's going to college and working you have an awful lot of time to send "War and Peace".
    I advise you to make your replies much more short and to the point. Anybody but me wouldn't bother with you.
    It's true; the United States does spend it's time interfering in the business of countries. Perhaps necessary . . If so then it needs to be done in the manner in which President Reagan did. He didn't occupy for very long and the mission was accomplished.
    As far as my "Acting Career" is concerned; I'm flattered you did so much research. Quite frankly I don't give a dam about it. Not enough success I'm afraid.

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  44. Hmm, Awful lot of time. The first post took me about 10 minutes to type with the research included considering I only had to look up the Meuse-Argonne offensive casualties. So ten minutes. Then the reply to your question took me around 8 minutes including my research about you. Congratulations you got about 20 minutes of my time yesterday. Saying anybody but you would not bother with me is also an assumption. I agree to Reagan though only thing is Our country is worse off now than then imo. I won't bring your other associates to question and I won't be wasting my time here anymore. Don't assume someone doesn't have 20 spare minutes just because of college and a part time job though….

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  45. I don't agree that our country is worse off than in Carter's day. In that time the United States was synonymous with weakness: Carter had given away the Panama Canal and the Iran Hostage crisis went on month after miserable month. These are events burned into my memory. We still have problems with the Middle East of course and always will. I seriously doubt that any hostage crisis on that scale will ever be as embarrassing. 9/11, of course, is an awesome tragedy but our enemies have paid dearly. So have we . . thanks to "Bushit" . That fucking family may be more of an enemy than Isis. Obama did well in disposing of Laden and the embarrassing pornographic material in Laden's possesion did very entertaining damage to his reputation. (If it was deliberately planted I'm perfectly fine with it.)
    Consequentially; I feel a little better about things than during 1979.
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  48. "our enemy have paid dearly"?
    Who are "your" enemies, and don't get me starting on 9/11, i will just say Building seven to that…..
    Given away Panama Canal, Panama is not in USA, so that should be given… And planting evidence i guess is more like habit, and why didn't Osama get a trail like any other human should?

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  49. "our enemy have paid dearly"?
    Who are "your" enemies, and don't get me starting on 9/11, i will just say Building seven to that…..
    Given away Panama Canal, Panama is not in USA, so that should be given… And planting evidence i guess is more like habit, and why didn't Osama get a trail like any other human should?

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    Laden didn't get a trial because you know as well as I do that 'Dubya and his family wouldn't let it happen.
    You, therefore, believe that there is some possibility to his innocence? You're a very idealistic person . .
    I might've been more enthusiastic about exercising the Asshole's constitutional rights as long as Dubya and his family were tried with him.
    You bring up Building 7. We might find out about that around the same time we find out who killed Kennedy.
    Yeah, the Panama Canal is ours.m It always will be. We stole it. We built it . .We'll probably have to steal it again now and I'm perfectly great with it. If you don't like it; please feel free to stop the invasion force when we need it again.
    As far as our enemies are concerned, MAYBE we both agree that our domestic ones are more of a problem than ISIS or whatever is left of Al Quaida. Until everyone is convinced of that, we'll just have to settle for bombing terrorists to hell. I think you probably believe it's unnecessary to bomb these poor people. If you do then watch the skies.

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  51. Let us not forget that the NBC (National Black Caucus) signed onto this Bill in 1968 and continued to sign on to this bill during the Crack epidemic with few desenters, calling for tougher sentencing and relaxing of Federal Guidelines for longer sentencing. The first being the Rockfeller Drug Laws which originate following the death of his son from an opiate overdose, which resulted in life sentencing for those caught either possessing or distrubing. During the Crack epidemic the (National Black Caucus and the NAACP) to with the Rockfeller foundation is a major supporter during both the Opiates epidemic of the 60's and the Crack epidemic of the late seventies were the major supporters of legislation under the Regan Administration, Clinton Administration. They Rockfeller Foundations and of the Regan Administration and many of the NBC are holders of Bonds to finance prisons, stocks that support Prisons and of private investments into the building of prisons. It is a system of manifest profits. Historically if we track the high rate of incarceration to the unemployment index we find a direct corralation between high Black youth unemployment and drug use as a means of employment, and a corresponding high use of these substances in the African American community, becaus they are cheap alternatives to pain pills and powder cocaine.

    It is true that the prison system has a high rate of minority incarceration of minorites for non-violent crimes, it is just as true that the system exist as it does due to minority communities cries for higher incarceration rates, longer sentencing of those participating in either drug use or of those distrubing. We made no distinction and criminalized all equally. We are as complicit in the problem, either due to ignorance or profit? While we demanded longer prison sentencin, we never demanded employment or counseling for those inflicted or of those suffering. We marginalized them an continued to allow the Department of Justice to incarcerate and the media to demonized.

    President Obama just set a budget to Congress demanding 1.1 Billion Dollars for the Opiate addiction now that it has swelled into the Subburban centers of America an the attitudes of the American Public has changed from one of punishment to one of compassion. What a difference a day makes when that difference in surbuban Chicago rather then South Chicago. Those in Suburban Chicago gets treatment while those in South Chicago gets victimized with longer prison sentencing, loss of voting rights, etc. And African Americans remain silent, but then again as the old adage goes when they are poor, Black, Hispanic, Caucasian (poor): NHI (NO HUMAN INVOLVED).

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  52. Arthur Robinson Let us not forget that the NBC (National Black Caucus) signed onto this Bill in 1968 and continued to sign on to this bill during the Crack epidemic with few desenters, calling for tougher sentencing and relaxing of Federal Guidelines for longer sentencing. The first being the Rockfeller Drug Laws which originate following the death of his son from an opiate overdose, which resulted in life sentencing for those caught either possessing or distrubing. During the Crack epidemic the (National Black Caucus and the NAACP) to with the Rockfeller foundation is a major supporter during both the Opiates epidemic of the 60's and the Crack epidemic of the late seventies were the major supporters of legislation under the Regan Administration, Clinton Administration. They Rockfeller Foundations and of the Regan Administration and many of the NBC are holders of Bonds to finance prisons, stocks that support Prisons and of private investments into the building of prisons. It is a system of manifest profits. Historically if we track the high rate of incarceration to the unemployment index we find a direct corralation between high Black youth unemployment and drug use as a means of employment, and a corresponding high use of these substances in the African American community, becaus they are cheap alternatives to pain pills and powder cocaine.

    It is true that the prison system has a high rate of minority incarceration of minorites for non-violent crimes, it is just as true that the system exist as it does due to minority communities cries for higher incarceration rates, longer sentencing of those participating in either drug use or of those distrubing. We made no distinction and criminalized all equally. We are as complicit in the problem, either due to ignorance or profit? While we demanded longer prison sentencin, we never demanded employment or counseling for those inflicted or of those suffering. We marginalized them an continued to allow the Department of Justice to incarcerate and the media to demonized.

    President Obama just set a budget to Congress demanding 1.1 Billion Dollars for the Opiate addiction now that it has swelled into the Subburban centers of America an the attitudes of the American Public has changed from one of punishment to one of compassion. What a difference a day makes when that difference in surbuban Chicago rather then South Chicago. Those in Suburban Chicago gets treatment while those in South Chicago gets victimized with longer prison sentencing, loss of voting rights, etc. And African Americans remain silent, but then again as the old adage goes when they are poor, Black, Hispanic, Caucasian (poor): NHI (NO HUMAN INVOLVED).

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  53. Arthur Robinson Let us not forget that the NBC (National Black Caucus) signed onto this Bill in 1968 and continued to sign on to this bill during the Crack epidemic with few desenters, calling for tougher sentencing and relaxing of Federal Guidelines for longer sentencing. The first being the Rockfeller Drug Laws which originate following the death of his son from an opiate overdose, which resulted in life sentencing for those caught either possessing or distrubing. During the Crack epidemic the (National Black Caucus and the NAACP) to with the Rockfeller foundation is a major supporter during both the Opiates epidemic of the 60's and the Crack epidemic of the late seventies were the major supporters of legislation under the Regan Administration, Clinton Administration. They Rockfeller Foundations and of the Regan Administration and many of the NBC are holders of Bonds to finance prisons, stocks that support Prisons and of private investments into the building of prisons. It is a system of manifest profits. Historically if we track the high rate of incarceration to the unemployment index we find a direct corralation between high Black youth unemployment and drug use as a means of employment, and a corresponding high use of these substances in the African American community, becaus they are cheap alternatives to pain pills and powder cocaine.

    It is true that the prison system has a high rate of minority incarceration of minorites for non-violent crimes, it is just as true that the system exist as it does due to minority communities cries for higher incarceration rates, longer sentencing of those participating in either drug use or of those distrubing. We made no distinction and criminalized all equally. We are as complicit in the problem, either due to ignorance or profit? While we demanded longer prison sentencin, we never demanded employment or counseling for those inflicted or of those suffering. We marginalized them an continued to allow the Department of Justice to incarcerate and the media to demonized.

    President Obama just set a budget to Congress demanding 1.1 Billion Dollars for the Opiate addiction now that it has swelled into the Subburban centers of America an the attitudes of the American Public has changed from one of punishment to one of compassion. What a difference a day makes when that difference in surbuban Chicago rather then South Chicago. Those in Suburban Chicago gets treatment while those in South Chicago gets victimized with longer prison sentencing, loss of voting rights, etc. And African Americans remain silent, but then again as the old adage goes when they are poor, Black, Hispanic, Caucasian (poor): NHI (NO HUMAN INVOLVED).

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  54. Arthur Robinson Let us not forget that the NBC (National Black Caucus) signed onto this Bill in 1968 and continued to sign on to this bill during the Crack epidemic with few desenters, calling for tougher sentencing and relaxing of Federal Guidelines for longer sentencing. The first being the Rockfeller Drug Laws which originate following the death of his son from an opiate overdose, which resulted in life sentencing for those caught either possessing or distrubing. During the Crack epidemic the (National Black Caucus and the NAACP) to with the Rockfeller foundation is a major supporter during both the Opiates epidemic of the 60's and the Crack epidemic of the late seventies were the major supporters of legislation under the Regan Administration, Clinton Administration. They Rockfeller Foundations and of the Regan Administration and many of the NBC are holders of Bonds to finance prisons, stocks that support Prisons and of private investments into the building of prisons. It is a system of manifest profits. Historically if we track the high rate of incarceration to the unemployment index we find a direct corralation between high Black youth unemployment and drug use as a means of employment, and a corresponding high use of these substances in the African American community, becaus they are cheap alternatives to pain pills and powder cocaine.

    It is true that the prison system has a high rate of minority incarceration of minorites for non-violent crimes, it is just as true that the system exist as it does due to minority communities cries for higher incarceration rates, longer sentencing of those participating in either drug use or of those distrubing. We made no distinction and criminalized all equally. We are as complicit in the problem, either due to ignorance or profit? While we demanded longer prison sentencin, we never demanded employment or counseling for those inflicted or of those suffering. We marginalized them an continued to allow the Department of Justice to incarcerate and the media to demonized.

    President Obama just set a budget to Congress demanding 1.1 Billion Dollars for the Opiate addiction now that it has swelled into the Subburban centers of America an the attitudes of the American Public has changed from one of punishment to one of compassion. What a difference a day makes when that difference in surbuban Chicago rather then South Chicago. Those in Suburban Chicago gets treatment while those in South Chicago gets victimized with longer prison sentencing, loss of voting rights, etc. And African Americans remain silent, but then again as the old adage goes when they are poor, Black, Hispanic, Caucasian (poor): NHI (NO HUMAN INVOLVED).

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  55. Bernie will be the first President that won't be bought by big business. Those that came before are called President in name. In reality they were told what to do by the puppetmasters who bought them. Bernie's main intent is to have no puppetmaster. That's why he has no PAC. He answers to the public, nobody else. Bless the man. One is different from the rest. BERNIE!

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  56. Goes to show, she doesn't understand the problem nor does she care. She talks till your head spins, but it's what she's trained to do. The establishment pays her well by the word. Blah blah blah just made her mint.

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  57. the indoctrination of children needs to be interupted through schools teachings about slavery or taking those children and teaching them their parents are phsyco!

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  58. the indoctrination of children needs to be interupted through schools teachings about slavery or taking those children and teaching them their parents are phsyco!

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  59. the indoctrination of children needs to be interupted through schools teachings about slavery or taking those children and teaching them their parents are phsyco!

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  60. the indoctrination of children needs to be interupted through schools teachings about slavery or taking those children and teaching them their parents are phsyco!

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  61. the indoctrination of children needs to be interupted through schools teachings about slavery or taking those children and teaching them their parents are phsyco!

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  62. Where there is smoke there is fire brewing h and bill clinton.They both are hypocrits!!!!!!!

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  63. Ayo-Ololara Ifeoma Nomande you cant reason or have a discussion with people like they are. They will start with cussing and name calling i have seen it too many times do not waste your breath.

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  64. The reason I like Bernie is because not only does he have a rea vested interested in helping minorities rise up, he joined in the battle during the Civil Rights Movement. What I like about him currently is that he is actually teaching us why it happened to begin with (some of us are more ignorant to the subject) no matter where his speeches are, whether in NH, Iowa or SC. He makes it an issue of the heart for all walks of life so that it is understood EVERYWHERE and by EVERYONE. He doesn't only talk about this issue were there is a large populatioin of black folk (some call that pandering to the firewall), he wants more people to be aware of these issues in all 50 states. He's been fighting this fight all of his life because he lived in the projects in Brooklyn, he knows how difficult life can be without enough money to feed the children, he lived it. He said money was constantly point of contention in his household growing up without a lot of money and that has always kept him grounded. Hillary said that in her neighborhood, everyone was expected to go college (she actually said that). Wouldn't it be nice for everyone if it was EXPECTED that they would go to college. Bernie just gets it.

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  65. Wait a minute, Bernie tried to shake their hand and wanted to give them the opportunity to speak because he LOVES free speech and any opportunity at democracy. He was willing to give them a moment. That is NOT weakness, that my friend is inegrity.

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  66. This is what he said when asked about natve Americans 2/13/16 when asked by a native in Nevada. It starts at 6:06

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  67. Ayo-Ololara Ifeoma Nomande Blame Bernie then, he signed the Crime Bill of 1994;

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  68. You do realize that Carter is the one who actually brokered the deal for the hostages to be released from Tehran right? They just refused to release them while he held office because theydid not want him to have the credit. As soon as he was out of office the hostages were released, and the American people are dumb enough to think Reagan actually got them released

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  69. African Americans should wake up Hillary Clinton is not for African American as a matter of fact she has investments in private jails yeap so wake up with her little rhetoric calling your kids super predators. I do not know how the African Americans missed those articles. I have them in my timelines

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  70. Hillery says she has spent most of her adult life trying to help poor kids, how is she doing? Are our kids better off today than 20 years ago? If fighting for the under privilaged is her claim to fame she has failed miserably.

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  71. Bill and Hillary Clinton passed the bull shit crime bill that increased incarceration by 350% impacting severely blacks an she did not apoligize for this horrible action like her husband recently did 3 months ago. The Clintons are Criminals. She presently is under 4 indiviual Criminal Investigations while speaking to this young man about imprsioning millions unfairly ! She endorses Wall Street Exeutives that have fraudenty stole Trillion of Dollas from the American People and not said one word about putting them in prison.

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  72. Bill and Hillary Clinton passed the bull shit crime bill that increased incarceration by 350% impacting severely blacks an she did not apoligize for this horrible action like her husband recently did 3 months ago. The Clintons are Criminals. She presently is under 4 indiviual Criminal Investigations while speaking to this young man about imprsioning millions unfairly ! She endorses Wall Street Exeutives that have fraudenty stole Trillion of Dollas from the American People and not said one word about putting them in prison.

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  73. Mindy what did said bill do? I appreciated that Robert exolained his point using historical facts, but most people don't know what a specific bill did.

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  74. Mindy Cameron copy paste, copy paste, copy past. Do you work for Hillary? Or is that the only speed your brain is capable of?

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  75. She wasn't interupted, this was a planned event. She failed to answer a question, excelling at double talk doesn't may make you a politician, but it doesn't make you a good one. Given that you're a trump supporter, your perspective makes a touch more sense. I don't know what polls you're talking about that suggest "everybody else" supports trump. I've seen many,however, who show Bernie beating him in a landslide in a general election, perhaps that's why you're here trying to defend Hillary. If she were to get the nomination (and, I'm not expecting her to) I'm betting you'll be back to attack her just as stridently.

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  76. He didn't look bad. He looked like someone who wants to hear what the people have to say & has the integrity to give legitimate answers to people's questions. How can you possibly convince yourself that integrity is a negative? You're clever, I'll give you that, are you paid to troll articles like this & attempt to turn the tide against Bernie? You certainly don't talk like a Trump supporter, yet you bring out his name & sprinkle other names & issues into the conversation that, on the internet almost always lead to a complete break down of the conversation as people slide into outrage & name calling, at the same time, you're careful not to sink quite to that level yourself. Because you want to be heard? You want to be seen as the clam, reasonable, logical voice in the crowd? Or because some part of you scoffs at half of what you're writing? Whether you're clever on your own or clever for a paycheck, you're stretching illogical arguements as far as they could possibly go & ensuring that you aren't easily dismissed. Bravo Sir.

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  77. He didn't give in. He bahaved like a reasonable, caring, interested person with integrity & honesty.

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  78. Saying segregation is the rule in northeast cities is bullshit. While still in the minority they control most city councils and mayoral positions. To rule,Rob and murder each other and blame it on white people proves who the racists really are

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  79. Heather Rajotte: Thanks for the compliment.
    No, I'm not paid for any of this. I'm just a blue collar.
    I get tired of racial allegations and liberal politicians.
    I do not believe integrity is unimportant. I just believe other things are much more important: In regards to the upcoming election; I want a strong President who, hopefully, represents what I want:
    -To EFFECTIVELY seek out and destroy those who would kill me or those close to me.
    -To provide for my welfare and those close to me.
    -To cherish our rights; specifically the second amendment.

    Liberals care more about our "neighbors" rights.
    They do this at our expense.
    Their agenda, that of our current hippocritical president and Democratic candidates mirror useless liberal sentiments.
    I have neither the time nor the interest in hearing them. Only that they would go away and drown somewhere.

    THIS is why I post.
    It would be nice if I was paid though.

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  80. Hillary for the Status Quo! Trumps for chumps! and Bernie for a chance at something different.

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  81. Mindy Cameron Your ignorance is showing. Bernie could not sign the bill he wasnt president yet. Bill Clinton signed the bill with Hillary pulling the votes together.

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  82. It was a Q&A…no one interrupted anyone…it is 100% appropriate to ask candidates what they will do about things…your post, Will, is ignorant and mean spirited.

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