Friday, April 28, 2017

Bigotry Pattern: In a rut, Hillary Clinton puts on blackface

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Samuel Maxime

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NEW YORK, New York, USA (sentinel.ht) – Hillary Clinton has a pattern. A pattern of bigotry. When in a rut or caught in a mess, she tends to throw a black face in the mix. It seems a strategy she believes will garner sympathy from the press, an easy-going with the media, because these are errors with a black factor. But what it really shows is that Hillary Clinton, thoughtlessly using black persons callously, holds them, whoever they may be, in poor regard.

FBI notes say that the former Secretary of State told investigators during her July 4, 2016 interview that former Secretary of State, General Colin Powell, had told her to use a private server. Powell, immediately released a statement disavowing Clinton’s claim.

Powell’s team told CNN that he has “no recollection” of ever conversing with Hillary Clinton and advising her to use private email. In fact, Powell sent Clinton an email memo describing his use of his personal AOL email account for unclassified messages.

Furthermore, Powell’s Principal Assistant, Peggy Cifrinio, told CNN that “at the time there was no equivalent system within the [State] Department… [Powell] used a secure State computer on his desk to manage classified information. The General no longer has the email he sent to former Secretary Clinton. It may exist in State or FBI files,” Cifrinio added.

Clinton blackfacing

57% of Americans believe Hillary Clinton should have been indicted for using a private homebrew email server to handle highly classified information. And the FBI interview is not the first time Hillary Clinton or her campaign had so thoughtlessly tried to defend her actions by invoking the retired U.S. Army Four-star General, Powell.

On countless occasions, Clinton and surrogates have publicly tried to liken her use of private email to that of Colin Powell’s, although a State Department Inspector General report said they were no where near the same and that Clinton’s use of a private email server was patently reprehensible.

Clinton exploits any black face no matter the situation. Even President Barack Obama is within her bounds.

When challenged with questions about catastrophic decisions that have led to disaster in Libya, Syria, Honduras, among other countries, Hillary Clinton and her campaign have conspicuously tried to pass responsibility, therefore blame, to President Obama.

In the first two days of the Democratic National Committee’s convention in Philadelphia last month, supporters of Vermont Senator, Bernie Sanders, had staged demonstrations against the “coup” that was taking place in their party. Observers noted a concerted effort to line a majority of dark and black faces to the program. As soon as DNC officials figured out a way to shut and drown out dissenting Bernie or Busters, the faces on the convention stage began to get lighter.

In Haiti, the Clintons have pushed a narrative of an “infantilized” people who cannot take care of themselves. Not only has this use of these black people served to explain away how billions in earthquake reconstruction has rendered no change but more failure, it is also consistently used to justify the paternalistic involvement of the Clinton’s in Haiti – where they are moreover unwanted.

Never Accepting Responsibility

Usually when a secretary or chief of some U.S. agency finds their self in a vulnerable and difficult circumstance, they take responsibility for their actions. But in most cases, Hillary Clinton does not do that. She and her campaign by whatever means must include President Obama in their explanation.

This is a sharp contrast to former Attorney General, Eric Holder, for example. Even as AG Holder was faced with many questions about certain operations of the justice apparatus, he never even so much as invokes the president’s name. Throughout whatever controversy that has met members of the Obama administration, officials, when answering questions, do not dare to mention his name. That is not the case for Hillary Clinton.

One would not be faulted for believing this pattern by Hillary Clinton doesn’t denote bigotry but just her general unwillingness to accept responsibility, but that same one should take these observations into account:

Clinton has never passed blame to a white person. In looking through the Clinton scandals, she never uses a fellow white to escape accountability. Never. In those instances she seems more willing to avoid blame by other means than name dropping.

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About The Author

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Samuel Maxime is a Haitian-born citizen living in the United States. He founded The Haiti Sentinel to bring Haitian issues to an English language audience.

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