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Dr. Samori Swygert: Will Hillary Clinton fight for reparations if elected president?

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hillaryBy: Dr. Samori Swygert

When current President Barack Obama was elected as the President of the United States, America arrived at a new political plateau in the terms of cultural diversity. Many people were filled with joy, pride, and had a self-imposed paradigm shift on racial equality. Yes, the first African American President was elected, and an all African American first family moved into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C.

Initially, President Obama was greeted with much fanfare from the African American community. The President had “swag”, he exuded confidence, he spoke with eloquence and sophistication, and he wooed many in white communities.

However, time progressed and many of the blacks that voted for President Obama grew disenchanted because they didn’t see the change they “expected”. Political and economic times turned turbulent, and many blacks were hit hard in the recession. Many looked to the President for a sign of relief, a flotation device, a financial life jacket, only to see other factions of society being rescued and attended to. Fast forward, President Obama’s approval ratings have taken hit after hit and many blacks have been asking, “who did I really elect?”.

Now it’s no secret, President Obama has been stone-walled in several attempts by a majority republican congress. They fight him tooth and nail on every single issue. I’m sure he couldn’t choose the soap or toilet tissue he wanted if they had a say in the matter. Nevertheless, many blacks express buyer’s remorse for our Commander in Chief. This feeling is primarily spawned by President Obama’s conspicuous attention to the Latino and LGBT community.

Many African Americans feel slanted by a less motivated effort of the president to address our concerns. President Obama has also asserted that he wouldn’t address issues pursuant to reparations for African Americans. That’s okay because although I disagree with his position, I will always respect another person’s opinion.

Moving onto Hillary Clinton

Many women have an affection for Hillary Clinton because she was the First Lady of Bill Clinton. She is also a “symbol” of political diversity. She staked her claim and showed that she has a bite and bark when she ran as a presidential candidate. She also demonstrated her ability to face the fire in the Benghazi fiasco. Hillary portrays a bold political spirit that many women can and want to identify with. Some women are attached to her via sympathetic strings from former President Clinton’s sexual infidelities.

Hillary Clinton is skillfully posturing herself to be a formidable presidential candidate again. I won’t applaud or critique Hillary until she announces a formal bid later on, and clearly explains the goals and mission of her political platform. I also want clearly outlined plans and positions on where she stands on issues germane to the African American community.

Why am I saying this? I’m saying this because I do see how the African American community fell in political love with President Obama based on symbolism and “silent expectations”. Well in this era, the future belongs to fast learners. This time the African American community should be in the faces of the potential presidential candidates asking them specific questions on Affirmative Action in relations specific to blacks.

I also want to know will Hillary Clinton support reparations for African Americans who’s descendants were forced into slavery to build the economic power base that America has morphed into. Centuries of free labor by blacks is the financial DNA of America’s success, and the rejection and denial of it is a crime.

Will Hillary Clinton help pursue the procurement of reparations for the descendants of the victims of slavery? If her answer is no, I would like to know why, and why she deserves our vote in the upcoming election. If she is able to champion the causes of the Latino community, LGBT community, and silently pander to Wall Street, then hear our specific demands in equity and fairness.  We want specific answers, not broad generalized rhetoric that blankets everybody like human rights and civil rights.  Where do you specifically stand on reparations for blacks?  Will you help procure these funds and policies?

Sidebar, we as African Americans need to be prepared with a specific itinerary, and itemized agenda if this is what we want.

This question goes to all democratic candidates because a pattern exists where African Americans tend to vote democratic. This evolved in part because many policies and legislation that Republican candidates advocate for lack congruency with the concerns of the African American electorate.

However, I pose this question because a subconscious affinity and affection is extended to the Clintons’ by “some” of the black community, and we need to move beyond symbolism and get this next election right! If other voting demographics can garner the attention and action by the President, then we demand that our expectations be met also. Hillary can’t bring Bill to the next NAACP meeting to play the saxophone and think they have our vote in their pocket. That’s it, that’s all.

42 Comments

  1. janp

    August 3, 2014 at 11:27 am

    NO and neither will anyone else who runs. Get a clue. When will we as blacks do anything for ourselves and stop waiting for some one to GIVE us something. Get up, stand tall, and never give up! We can do anything

  2. W Lyons

    August 3, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    You are right to say there needs to be “a specific itinerary, and itemized agenda if this is what we want.” These are some specifics that will have to be addressed, some of which are very difficult: 1) How will the $10+ trillion spent in the 50-year War On Poverty be taken into account when discussing the total amount of any pool of funds for reparations? 2) How will different degrees of African ancestry affect individual people’s claims on such funds? 3) Will Africans who have come to the US in, say, the last 20 years be excluded from claiming reparations? 4) Would reparations payments be at all dependent on the individual’s current economic circumstances or would such payments only be designed to go to African-Americans who find themselves in poverty now? 5) Of the 42.7 million Americans who live under the poverty line, 9.5 million (22.6 %) are African-American, according to the US Census Bureau. How should America deal with helping the 77.4% of poor Americans who are not Black if extra money is provided to Black Americans as reparations?

  3. Khalid Raheem

    August 3, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    No, I don’t think she will. We(Blacks/New Afrikans) and our allies must lead the fight for Reparations as part of a broader movement for radical and revolutionary structural change and transformation. Depending on the leadership of the Democratic party to assume the lead for advocating such a key element in Black/New Afrikan liberation is silly and thoughtless.

  4. Paul H

    August 3, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    I was stunned by the headline of this article. I have to ask: have black people lost our doggone minds? What is Hillary to us other than Uncle Bill’s wife? Did we not learn our lesson that Bill Clinton was no friend to black people. Do we know that under his presidency, there were more laws created that hurt us rather than helped us? What about those who were so offended when he disrespected Obama during the first election campaign? And when Hillary was Senator of New York, she ignored racial profiling and never said one word about the sky-rate infection rates of black females in NYC, among the highest in the U.S. = until she showed up at a black church running for election?

    What is it about us and white politicians? When have any of them helped us? What about now? How can any politician be for more illegal immigration when black people have a double digit unemployment rate?

    We better get out of this white massa, good white lady slave mentality and start figuring out how we can help ourselves. The whites in power are never going to give us reparations. Haven’t we figured that out by now??? Why? Because:

    (1) Because it would run in the trillions of dollars. (2) it would make blacks the victims of whites and they will never admit that the founding fathers were serial rapists and criminals. (3) it will be the biggest crime against humanity in human history and someone will have to be charged with those crimes, just like they are still chasing after the Germans who participated in the jewish holocaust. Who will they charge? What companies will they fine for benefiting from our enslavement. (4) The crimes are still on-going while the jewish holocaust ended during WWII.

    There is a short fictional story about a black man who believed in reparations in a book called, “Trojan Horse: Death of a Dark Nation” which I think everyone should read. I have recommmended this book several times and I think it is one that every black person should read

    just go to trojanhorsepress (add the dot com) and check out the bookstore

    We have got to stop looking to our oppressors to solve our problems and find out how we can come together for our mutual survivor.

    Hillary Clinton, the savior of black people? Surely, we have been smoking something awfully powerful!

  5. Eric Pate

    August 3, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    I respect ALL of the previous posts, but let’s be clear on something: reparations aren’t some arbitrary welfare handout – it’s what is owed to ALL Americans of proven African descent. It should also be part of any discussion of the Black agenda for the next president and beyond. This platform should not be pursued in shame, but rather in dignity. Too often, African Americans speak the untruth that America does not owe us anything; collectively, in fact, it does.

    • Paul H

      August 3, 2014 at 6:10 pm

      I agree, we are owed and the bill has been long due, however, we have to understand that we are in a system of white oppression/black domination and to acknowledge what is owed us means white collectively have to acknowledge the crimes they committed and still benefit from and be willing to pay.

      Has any black person reading this seen this level of acknowledgment or remorse from the white collective? Isn’t the usual response to reparations is to compare it to welfare and affirmative action and to stop dwelling in the past and “I didn’t own any slaves!” And aren’t former slave-owners and serial rapists still being praised as “founding fathers?”

      Would people be allowed to praise Hitler or any German involved in the Jewish Holocaust? Of course not. We are still property, not human and if we don’t understand that we need a memory refresher called “Hurricane Katrina”

      Do we not know after all these centuries who we are dealing with?

      That’s my problem is the continued denial and naivete of black people who by know should surely know better.

  6. Peter D. Slaughter

    August 3, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    This is some %%### and I wonder how many black’s will fall far for this.
    As we can see black america got souled/sold out by all this talk of change and more change.
    The main change since these past 2 elections has been more police beat down,more and more poor
    black people on the streets all over and more genocide,eugenics and more black men being sent to these updated prison plantations.
    So if a vast % of black’s want to fall for the next trick it will be more updated slave master type activity.

    • Paul H

      August 3, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      brother, we are determined to find a white savior, be it male or female, and we don’t care about the facts, we mostly care about how the fantasy makes us feel after 500 years of white oppression we are convinced that we cannot do anything for self without them leading us. Sadly, we are still a mentally enslaved people.

  7. rocsmomma

    August 3, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Brother Paul H. You said it all I totally concur!!

  8. seemespeak

    August 3, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Crime seems to be the only weapon our young people use to level the playing field. Seems to me the only end up leveling other blacks. Crime can’t lift up a people. Talk to your families during the holidays and let’s stop this sickness of thuggery and rathchetness. Then rebuild from there. Watch our own people and speak up. Do the Work.

  9. J. D. Hill

    August 3, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    No! Hillary Clinton will not fight for reparation any more than Blacks who want and deserve reparations will fight.

    Receiving reparations is a political decision. Votes must demand reparations. Republicans are mor3e likely to be amenable to reparations than Democrats who have consistently gotten our votes and promised us nothing in return.

  10. moonhead

    August 3, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Here we go again. We want to demand that a White woman, fight for reparations for us, while we let Slick Willy#2,(Barack Obama)bamboozle us. What have we demanded from this clown that we voted for in mass? Nothing. We smile as he takes care of the Gay people. We smile as he allows millions of illegal immigrants to come here, and gives them money, free housing, education, health care and food. He moves them into our community, where they take jobs away from our community, and resources that should be going to us, but all we do is kiss Obama’s,ass and defend him. Why don’t you ask your highness Obama, to fight for reparations for us, or at least fight for jobs for our community, which has the largest unemployment rate of any other group in this country. If he can issue executive orders for people illegal immigrants, who couldn’t and wouldn’t have voted for him if they could. I’m sure that he could issue a executive order, to alleviate the hardships that we African Americans, are experiencing.

  11. Meghann

    August 4, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    America says they don’t want African-Americans in America so give us reparations and many would leave.

    I know if I got 20mil tax free dollars I am out of here. Give me less I am staying and separating from you as much as possible.

    Read what is going on in Zimbawe (historic). No land for whites in Zimbabwe, says Mugabe
    2014-07-03 10:15

    Cape Town – President Robert Mugabe has reportedly vowed that whites will never be allowed to own land in Zimbabwe, saying the few remaining white farmers must go.

    According to newzimbabwe.com, Mugabe said Zimbabwe was no country for whites as far as land was concerned.

    The veteran leader said this as he opened a new chapter in the country’s controversial land reform programme. Mugabe on Wednesday launched A1 settlement permits, which ensure that farmers have security of tenure.

    The permits allow new farmers to access agricultural funding from financial institutions.

    A Zimbabwe Mail report quoted Mugabe as saying whites in Zimbabwe could only be allowed to own companies, industries and apartments.

    Farm grabs

    Mugabe’s latest pronouncements are likely to send jitters across the agricultural sector and concern the remaining white commercial farmers, some of whom have argued that they never benefitted from colonialism.

    His remarks, however, contradict statements made by Environment Minister Saviour Kasukuwere last month that the country will no longer engage in farm grabs.

    Kasukuwere said no more farms or properties owned by westerners would be grabbed.

    Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party launched the land reforms in 2000, taking over white-owned farms to resettle landless blacks.

    Low production

    At the time, Mugabe said the reforms were meant to correct colonial land ownership imbalances.

    At least 4 000 white commercial farmers were evicted from their farms.

    The land seizures were often violent, claiming the lives of several white farmers during clashes with veterans of Zimbabwe’s 1970s liberation struggle.

    Critics of the reforms have blamed the programme for low production on the farms as the majority of the beneficiaries lacked the means and skills to work the land.

  12. michel

    August 5, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Will Hillary Clinton fight for reparations if elected president? These are ONLY My Question????
    Will Africans in America fight for reparations if Hillary Clinton is Elected President?
    Far more important…will Africans in America…Stand for Repsect, true Equal Rights, More Employment, Better Education or Stand OUR” Own Ground?”

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