Monday, July 18, 2016

“We Are In The Midst Of A Lynching Crisis”

Opening day of the RNC Convention has been the focus of most everyone’s attention today.  Elsewhere in the Great State of Ohio, the most corrupt woman in America spoke at the 107th Annual NAACP Convention.

Her speech comes the morning after Ohio Gov. John Kasich spoke, calling for working together for healing in the wake of violence against police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

Last April Crooked Hillary sipped tea at Sylvia’s Restaurant in Harlem with Rev. Al Sharptongue to beg the charlatan for his support in shoring up her most critical voting bloc—the African-American vote.

So far she has demonstrated she has the support of an older generation of black activists, like Georgia Rep. John Lewis and civil rights leader Hazel Dukes.  Her problem is with younger blacks, especially those with an allegiance to Black Lives Matter.  They remember well her “superpredators” remark.  It remains a sore spot to this day.

Clinton has a bountiful history of pandering that hasn’t always worked in her favor. An appearance at the Apollo was met with groans after she made the ill-advised decision to “raise the roof.” #NotMyAbuela trended on Twitter after another ill-advised choice to run a campaign comparing Clinton to Latino voters’ grandmothers. The Clinton campaign logo was widely mocked for sharing a civil-rights variant of its logo which included Rosa Parks sitting at the back of the bus.  Ouch!

The best example, except for today, of Clinton’s proclivity for pandering was her appearance on Power 105.1, a radio station targeted toward black people.  The hip-hop “Breakfast Club” hosts asked Clinton what items she carried with her.  Her immediate answer was, “Hot sauce.” The interviewers themselves responded immediately, questioning Clinton about pandering in a joking way about the stereotypical reference saying, “Now listen, I want you to know that people are going to see this and say, ‘She’s pandering to black people.’”

Clinton’s response:  “Okay, is it working?”

So imagine my outrage when I saw placards being handed out at the convention bearing the words “A Man Was Lynched Yesterday.”

Just like the lie in Ferguson and the failed efforts to prosecute officers in the Freddie Gray case, no man was lynched yesterday.  This tactic is incendiary and intended to stir up the most basic fears of black Americans.  It’s a disgrace.

Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO of the NAACP urged Clinton and Trump to sign a pledge for criminal justice reform within the first 100 days in office as he fanned the flames of hatred saying, “We are in the midst of a lynching crisis.”

Attendees of the 107th Annual NAACP Convention arrives to hear Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresse them during their convention at the Duke Energy Center July 18, 2016, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Hillary Clinton continued to campaign for the general election in November. (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images) 

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