They are often the kinds of kids that are called ‘super-predators.’ No conscience, no empathy. We can talk about why they ended up that way, but first we have to bring them to heel.” Hillary Clinton’s racially coded statement in support of her husband’s 1994 crime bill.

I know there are those who will respond to this post by telling me to leave the past in the past but see, that doesn’t work for me. There are also those that will also say that President Clintons policies have nothing to do with Hillary. I am not buying that one and nor should you. She stood right next to him in agreement and actively worked with and/or campaigned for him to get the laws changed. There is no denying the fact that she had her hand in the destruction of the black community. Since the past has a history of repeating itself, I think it is fair to revisit it. The only way change is going to come is if we remember why we needed it in the first place.

I am old enough to remember the nineties, I was twenty-eight years old when Bill Clinton was first elected into office. I remember wondering why my parents were so skeptical of him and his election promises, we had many heated debates during dinner over it. But I did understand why they looked at Toni Morrison like she was crazy when she anointed him the first black president, come on, really?

My parents and thousands of other blacks were right in their skepticism. President Clinton, with the support of his wife, changed the black community in ways that it will never recover from. More people were incarcerated under his term than any other president in American history. Instead of truly addressing the crack epidemic in predominately black neighborhoods, he instead supported the 100-1 sentencing disparity for crack versus powder cocaine. This alone escalated the decline of many urban communities suffering from an already racially unjust legal system. Last but not least, he supported the three strikes rule and we all know how well that worked out.

African Americans are overwhelmingly supporting the Clintons. I truly hope it was an educated, well-researched choice and is not being done just out of habit. We can change history, why keep repeating it? I have included below a well written and researched article. Everyone, not only blacks should consider it required reading.

Why Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Deserve Black People’s Votes

We should have seen it coming. Back then, Clinton was the standard-bearer for the New Democrats, a group that firmly believed the only way to win back the millions of white voters in the South who had defected to the Republican Party was to adopt the right-wing narrative that black communities ought to be disciplined with harsh punishment rather than coddled with welfare.