Should Hillary Run?
Sandra Clark | 6/11/2014, 9:49 a.m.
Perhaps it’s unfair to tag Mrs. Clinton with the deeds of her husband’s tenure. She actually may take a more reasoned approach to policies that affect African America. The problem is that disadvantaged communities have nothing left to give. Conservative policies from both Democrats and Republicans have leveled sections of many U.S. cities. The Crime Bill, for one, produced a run up in incarcerations that placed 2.3 million people behind bars – the world’s highest by far – setting America off as a rogue nation among modern societies. This disproportionately impacts Blacks, giving us more stops, searches, arrests and longer sentences for the same offenses as whites. And felony disenfranchisement, a result of disproportionate incarcerations, reaches even further into Black communities: It denies 13 percent of our men the right to vote and limits the jobs they can hold and wages they can earn.
Secondly, the Great Recession eroded Black wealth gained over decades. During the economic collapse, (remember the repeal of Glass-Steagall’s role in that), median net worth of White households fell 24 percent while Black median net worth dropped a whopping 83 percent. Additionally, the unemployment rate among Blacks continued to rise even after it stabilized for Whites.
It’s obvious that the old Negro adage still applies: ‘When White American catches a cold, Black America gets pneumonia.’ So the next president, no matter their gender, must really understand that saying. Digest it. Roll it around until becomes part of their being. Maybe she should tape it to the wall of the Oval Office and read it thoroughly every chance she gets.
See for yourself:
Did Ohio cut incarceration rates when crime fell? Find out at: http://www.pewstates.org/research/data-visualizations/states-cut-both-crime-and-imprisonment-85899528171 http://www.pewstates.org/research/data-visualizations/states-cut-both-crime-and-imprisonment-85899528171
Sandra Clark is a Marketing and Communications Fellow at Desert AIDS Project in Palm Springs, Calif. She also is a Residential Recovery Partner at The Path, a safe house for the homeless who have mental health challenges.