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Is Hillary threatening black voters?

September 29, 2016

Anyone who thinks Hillary Clinton’s campaign isn’t in large part about pitting the races against each other is either asleep, in a coma  or dead.

OK, the ethnic vote is what’s at the root of all this public indignation. We get it.

If  the African-American vote was one-half of one percent of the population, you wouldn’t hear any of this call to arms and promises of retaliation from her.

Case in point is this quote lifted from the Breitbart article linked above.

“Clinton told Harvey that if the African-American community came out and voted for her, she would work to stop racial shootings by police officers.”

Why does that sound like a not-too-subtle threat?

Does that mean if they don’t vote for her and she still wins, she won’t work to end racial shootings?

The seeds of racism are alive and well on both sides of the color barrier and it’s a crop being well-cultivated by the Clinton team.

But apparently only if there is a bloc of votes at the end of the row.

An example is found in this currently trending story.

A year ago, two Louisiana city marshals fired on a vehicle and a 6-year-old autistic child became collateral damage when he was killed, hit five times as officers fired on the vehicle.

The case showed up in the news cycle again this week as an example of how body cam footage can be used in the prosecution of police officers.

Anyone who sees the footage would be hard-pressed not to find fault with the handling of the incident from start to finish.

We don’t know all the facts. Maybe this man was a known violent offender or had threatened the police in the past. Maybe there’s a reason why a guy arguing with his girlfriend on the sidewalk should turn into a police chase that ended in a shooting.

That doesn’t change one glaring reality. No child should have to die under these circumstances, and that’s the real issue here.

The parent should probably be charged as an accessory in this case because his actions directly led to his son’s death.

All he had to do was surrender when the police told him to. Just surrender right there on the sidewalk and take his chances on what would probably have been a simple assault or domestic violence charge.

But no, he chose to get in his car and run. Unlike the marshals, he knew his son was in the car.

That makes him guilty in the court of public opinion, if nothing else. If you want to assign blame it looks like there’s plenty to go around.

There is one thing missing from the story though.

There is no charge of racism. There is no glaring headline “White child killed by police gunfire”

Now let’s be very clear here. This whole sorry incident is not about race, it’s about incredibly bad judgment on the part of three adults.

But does anyone think that if the victim was black, there wouldn’t have been an instant racial assignment made to the officers’ motives?

Candidates are allowed, even required to have positions on issues.

Maybe Mrs. Clinton identifies so intimately with the black community that this is a real thing for her.

Then again, maybe it’s all about votes.

From → op-ed

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