8 Black People Who Really Believed That Bill Clinton Was Their Brother From Another Mother

by Yvette Carnell

As Hillary Clinton launches her second presidential campaign and researchers delve into the Bill Clinton years, it is becoming all the more apparent how Bill Clinton seduced the black community with emotive affection, all the while enacting legislation that further disenfranchised us.

Be it mass incarceration, welfare reform, NAFTA or our current housing crisis, Clinton pulled the rug out from under the black community, all the while playing a saxophone on top of it.This would not, however, have
been possible without black thought leaders and celebrities who worshiped Clinton for purely symbolic reasons.

The book Bill Clinton and Black America captures how so many trusted black journalists, businesspeople and celebrities got pimped by Clinton and were willing to forgo policy initiatives in exchange for a president who liked black eyed peas and spending time with them. Here are some of the most cringe-worthy quotes:

1. Tom Joyner gushed over Clinton because he “publicly called Africa the cradle of civilization” and “apologized” for slavery.

2. In a statement absent of political awareness, actor and producer Tim Reid said Clinton and “FDR had the same sort of love and admiration from the black community.”

Maybe. Still, it was FDR who carved blacks out of the New Deal in a concession to Dixiecrats. Blacks are still today trying to catch up thanks to FDR’s deal with the devil. Reid went on to describe Clinton as a “big and loveable” president who was “cut out of the same mold that a lot of black folks’ heroes come from.”

3. White House Correspondent April Ryan: “A lot of black people don’t know the first verse of the Negro National Anthem, but he sang all three verses.”

4. Columnist Vernon Jarrett of the Chicago Defender also gushed over Bill Clinton’s personality, explaining how a lady said to him, “That white boy is really for real about us.” Jarrett said Clinton “did appear like he belonged, you know.”

5. Law Professor and Historian Mary Frances Berry: “You know Bill Clinton could sit at a White House dinner party and engage a bunch of black folks just like he was sitting around a dinner table at home.”

Which shouldn’t surprise anyone since black people don’t speak another language, right? We’re not aliens.

6. Former CEO of BET, Bob Johnson: “The other thing that impressed me about Clinton is that he went into office with a great feel for how to communicate: Black people by and large are an oral people.”

7. Psychiatrist Alvin Poussaint on why African-Americans liked Clinton: “He was the first president to have a black man, Vernon Jordan, as his golfing buddy.”

And drumroll please…

8. Donna Brazile: “When he got to the front of the line, the first food he went to was the black eyed peas and smothered pork chops.”

 

Remember When Black People Booed Coretta Scott King for Supporting a Sell Out?

In Black politics, as with life, we tend to create our own sacred cows: ideas or people who are insulated from future criticism. Given the rise of prominent black leaders, as well as leaders who just happen to be black, it is easy to fall into the intellectually lazy trap of believing this is the way it’s always been. Although blacks may have a history of selecting largely symbolic leaders from a designated pool of the Black Elite, it is not true that those leaders have always been viewed as being beyond reproach. I was reminded of this while reading The Price of the Ticket: Barack Obama and Rise and Decline of Black Politics
by Fredrick C. Harris.

During the 1984 Democratic Convention, Rev. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s people attempted to yield concessions from Walter Mondale. They wanted, among other things, support for the elimination of an electoral rule that disadvantaged black candidates in the South. Mondale refused, then he sent Andrew Young out to make a speech defending him at the convention. Young was “met with boos and hisses by Jackson delegates” for behaving as a sellout.

coretta scott kingIn another meeting, the late Coretta Scott King, wife of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., defended Andrew Young, and King was met with a similar response:

In a meeting before the Black Delegate Caucus the next day, Coretta Scott King chastised Jackson delegates for mistreating Young…

Catcalls, boos, and hisses erupted from the floor. When Mrs. King mentioned her long involvement in the civil rights movement, a heckler shouted, “What about today?” When she stated that everyone was entitled to free expression, another heckler quipped, “It don’t justify prostitution.”

Based on his own words,  Young received little for defending Mondale at the convention:

Even Andrew Young, who had stuck his neck out for Mondale on the second primary plank, expressed dismay, complaining that Mondale’s advisors were all “smart-ass white boys who think they know it all.”

 

9 Things You Never Knew About Hitler’s Black Victims

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As an Israeli offensive against the Palestinian civilian population winds down due to a cease fire, many observers are revisiting the circumstances that loosed white Holocaust survivors onto the Arab world. What people rarely speak of, however, are the Afro-Germans and Africans who were also victims of Adolph Hitler’s Nazi campaigns.

In the books Hitler’s Black Victims and Hitler’s African Victims, the ways in which blacks suffered is detailed.

1.) German scientists, as well as American researchers, looked to eugenics to solve the Negro problem:

In 1921, at the Second International Congress of Eugenics, where U.S. and German
representatives dominated, papers were presented with titles such as “Some Notes on the Negro Problem,” “The Problem of Negro-White Intermixture,” and “Intermarriage with the Slave Race.”

2.) Afro-Germans struggled to make a living due to racist laws:

Older Afro-Germans faced the fundamental issue of how to make a living. This concern was complicated by both the economic depression facing the nation and the laws that were passed in 1933 and 1934 banning “non-Aryans” from an endless array of occupations and professions in the private and public sectors.

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3.) Once Jews were fired from teaching positions, however, space was made available for blacks.

4.) Many African soldiers were killed on the way to POW camps, prior to that they were depicted as savages with German propaganda films (see picture above, film below.)

5.) The biggest proponents of German eugenics programs
learned their craft in the U.S. and one was a great admirer of white racism in the South.

Alfred Ploetz, the acknowledged founder of German eugenics, spent time in the United States where undoubtedly he solidified his admiration for the South’s segregation laws and popular practice.

6.) Blacks were sterilized under Hitler’s regime:

While information concerning black sterilization exists about Afro-German and African men, there were also a significant number of sterilizations of black women although exactly how many were done is unknown.

7.) Some blacks were even sterilized without the benefit of anesthesia, as was Hitler’s Black Victim Thomas Holzhauzer:

 He was picked up along with his sister and taken to the Elizabeth Hospital in Darmstadt. He remembers distinctly that the doctor, who was wearing a Nazi uniform, “made two cuts around my testicles” during the procedure. There is more than a little anger when he tells the filmmakers, “Sometimes I’m glad I could not have any children.”

8.) For the most part, Afro-Germans who were victimized by Hitler have not been compensated:

It has been a struggle, mostly unsuccessful, on the part of older Afro- Germans to benefit from these victories because of the difficulty in proving their repression and specific targeting by the Nazis. The denial of compensation to Afro- Germans is due in part to the lack of a popular moral outrage over their experiences at the hands of the Nazis.

9.) Hitler only spoke kindly of two blacks — Paul Robeson and Booker T. Washington.

Quotes taken from the two books mentioned above.

E. Franklin Frazier Explains Why Faith in Black Business Is a Social Myth

One of the most striking indications of the unreality of the social world which the black bourgeoisie created is its faith in the importance of  ‘Negro business’…” E. Franklin Frazier

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America is a country with a capitalist economy, so it is no surprise that Americans of all stripes view entrepreneurship as the road to freedom. What is left out of the conversation, however, are the limits of capitalism. Although most mainstream scholars don’t touch on this issue for fear of being labeled radical or socialist, E. Franklin Frazier wasn’t
afraid to attest to what he called the “social myth” of Negro business.

In his book Black Bourgeoisie, Frazier offers a scathing critique of the black upper class reliance on business:

One of the most striking indications of the unreality of the social world which the black bourgeoisie created is its faith in the importance of “Negro business,” i.e., the business enterprises owned by Negroes and catering to Negro customers. Although these enterprises have little significance either from the standpoint of the American economy or the economic life of the Negro, a social myth has created that they provide a solution to the Negro’s economic problems. 

Frazier continued, adding that this myth was partly buttressed by low self esteem among Negroes and that “desires for recognition and status in the white world that regards them with contempt” and leads to this “make-believe” thinking.

By accepting business as the answer to the ills suffered by Negroes, Frazier said that Negroes had accepted the “values of the white bourgeois world.”

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Frazier was in no way admonishing people for wanting to own businesses, but he was calling into question those who viewed Negro entrepreneurship as a savior. He also says that belief in Negro business has been encouraged by whites who want blacks to believe that they can fix their own problems, which conveniently doesn’t take into account white racism.

The myth of the Negro business, according to Frazier, was propagated by upper class blacks:

The myth of Negro business is fed by the false notions and values that are current in the isolated social world of the Negro, a world dominated by the views and mental outlook of the black bourgeoisie. The extent to which these false notions influence the outlook of Negroes cannot be better illustrated than by the case of a Negro Pullman porter who owned his home and four shares of stock, valued at about eighty dollars, in a large American corporation. He declared that he was against the policies of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal because they taxed men of property like himself to assist lazy working men.

Frazier’s book is a phenomenal read which flies in the face of canned notions of black entrepreneurship that we hear even today.

Here Are 10 Warnings Martin Luther King Jr. Gave Black People About White People

 

After Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, he was immediately homogenized by people seeking to co-opt his legacy. King was, however, an icon who thought deeply about the issues that plagued the black community and the role white America had played to bring about those circumstances. Listed below are some of the criticisms King made of white America, may of which still feel relevant today.

1.) White People Never Truly Sought an End to Discrimination

With Selma and the Voting Rights Act one phase of development in the civil rights revolution came to an end. A new phase opened, but few observers realized it or were prepared for its implications. For the vast majority of white Americans, the past decade—the first phase—had been a struggle to treat the Negro with a degree of decency, not of equality. White America was ready to demand that the Negro should be spared the lash of brutality and coarse degradation, but it had never been truly committed to helping him out of poverty, exploitation or all forms of discrimination.

2.) White People Will Abandon You

When Negroes looked for the second phase, the realization of equality, they found that many of their white allies had quietly disappeared.

3.) Never Take White People at Their Word

The Negroes of America had taken the President, the press and the pulpit at their word when they spoke in broad terms of freedom and justice. But the absence of brutality and unregenerate evil is not the presence of justice. To stay murder is not the same thing as to ordain brotherhood. The word was broken, and the free-running expectations of the Negro crashed into the stone walls of white resistance.

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4.) White People Believe in a Fantasy World

The majority of white Americans sincerely committed to justice for the Negro. They believe that American society is essentially hospitable to fair play and to steady growth toward a middle-class Utopia embodying racial harmony. But unfortunately this is a fantasy of self-deception and comfortable vanity. Overwhelmingly Americais still struggling with irresolution and contradictions.

5.) White People Are Bonded to the Status Quo

As the nation passes from opposing ex-tremist behavior to the deeper and more pervasive elements of equality, white America rearms its bonds to the statusquo. It had contemplated comfortably hugging the shorelinebut now fears that the winds of change are blowing it outto sea.

6.) White People Want Equality for Blacks, So Long as It Doesn’t Cost Them Anything

The practical cost of change for the nation up to this point has been cheap. The limited reforms have been obtained at bargain rates. There are no expenses, and no taxes are required, for Negroes to share lunch counters, libraries, parks, hotels and other facilities with whites.

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7.)  White People Don’t Even Understand What Equality Means

But most whites in America in 1967, including many persons of goodwill, proceed from a premise that equality is a loose expression for improvement.

8.) White America Really Only Seeks to Hide Inequality, Not Fix It

White America is not even psychologically organized to close the gap—essentially it seeks only to make it less painful and less obvious but in most respects to retain it.

9.) White People Don’t Believe They Have Anything to Learn

Whites, it must frankly be said, are not putting in a similar mass effort to reeducate themselves out of their racial ignorance. It is an aspect of their sense of superiority that the white people of America believe they have so little to learn.

10.) Whites Believe Blacks Have Come Far Enough

He remembers that with each modest advance the white population promptly raises the argument that the Negro has come far enough. Each step forward accents an ever-present tendency to backlash.

All of Martin Luther King’s quotes were taken from Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? (King Legacy)