SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, USA (sentinel.ht) – A CNN reporter was abruptly cutoff during a segment on Hillary Clinton’s speech on race relations Wednesday in Springfield, Illinois. Journalist Brianna Keilar, while reporting on the speech, reported the criticisms from Black Lives Matter protesters that fault the former First Lady for the mass incarceration of African-Americans since the 90’s.
Keilar was informing viewers of the basis of the Presumptive Democratic Nominee’s speech: the killing of two black men by police in Louisiana and Minnesota and the shooting and killing of police officers by a black man in Dallas, Texas. Turning to the campaign, the CNN political correspondent reminded viewers of the criticism the candidate has been facing from groups such as Black Lives Matter, for her support of the 1994 crime bill.
“… remember, Hillary Clinton has some vulnerabilities herself, even as she calls for criminal justice reform. Because of her support in the 1990’s for anti-crime legislation that ultimately helped contribute to this era of mass incarceration that she now speaks out against…”
Brianna Keilar went black before CNN returned to it’s Atlanta studios where here the anchor moved on to a new segment about comments made by Alton Sterling’s 15-year old son. Alton Sterling was shot in killed by police needlessly in Baton Rouge, Louisiana last week.
It was not immediately made clear the reasons Keilar was cut off. The anchor did not suggest technical problems and that has left the issue open to speculation. Many believe Keilar was cut off for “going rogue” on Hillary Clinton. This theory ties in to a long-standing perception that the Cable News Network (CNN) is actually the Clinton News Network.
Clinton’s History with Blacks
“I’m going to be talking to white people – I think we’re the ones who have to start listening to the legitimate cries that are coming from our African-American fellow citizens,” was a sensible quote for the heightened time of race tensions in America from July 6-10. But it invoked so many cringes because it came from Hillary Rodham Clinton.
It took a Black Lives Matter activist, Ashley Williams, to bring the term “superpredators”, that was used to describe black youth in the 90’s into the 2016 presidential campaign. At a private fundraiser in Charleston, South Carolina, on February 24, Williams confronted Hillary Clinton about her January 25, 1996, speech in which she said:
“We also have to have an organized effort against gangs. They are not just gangs of kids anymore. They are often the kinds of kids that are called superpredators. No conscience, no empathy. We can talk about why they ended up that way, but first we have to bring them to heel, and the president has asked the FBI to launch a very concerted effort against gangs everywhere.”
The speech was led up by a number of actions by then-President Clinton that really set the tone for the way America would respond to crime and disparately attack the black community.
In 1992, Bill Clinton flew back to Arkansas to oversee the execution of a mentally retarded black man charged with murder. Political analysts believe the move helped him win New Hampshire’s Democratic primary.
In 1994, Clinton’s crime bill, among other things, expanded the death penalty, encouraged states to lengthen prison sentences and eliminated federal funding for inmate education. This bill set in place the mass incarceration of black men, brought to life private prison systems and had destructive affects on black families.