Twitterstorm sparked by racially-charged excerpts from Hillary Clinton book


On June 6, activist and Bernie Sanders supporter Jeanette Jing sparked a firestorm on Twitter when she posted excerpts from Hillary Clinton’s 1996 book “It Takes a Village.” It’s the latest indication that any hopes of future politics for Clinton is now in further jeopardy.

In the excerpts, Clinton reminisces about the black prisoners who worked in the Arkansas governor’s mansion where she lived with Bill Clinton in the late seventies and early eighties.

“When we moved in, I was told that using prison labor at the governor’s mansion was a longstanding tradition, which kept down costs,” Clinton wrote, noting that most of the workers were convicted murderers and that she became friendly with “a few of them, African-American men in their thirties who had already served 12 to 18 years of their sentences.”

“We enforced rules strictly and sent back to prison any inmate who broke a rule.” Clinton wrote, later contending that the men did not have “inferior IQs or an inability to apply moral reasoning” but instead they might have been “emotional illiterates.”

Clinton does not state whether the men received payment for working for her and her husband.

According to a 2016 article from Mother Jones regarding prison labor, “some state states, including Texas, Arkansas, and Georgia, do not pay inmates at all.”

Jing posted a tweet that read, “Hillary Clinton was a direct participant in what @samswey correctly described as modern slavery.”

According to Newsweek, “The resurfacing of her book’s extract has dragged Clinton’s record on racial equality into the spotlight. Despite her reaching out to the black community during her 2008 and 2016 bids for the presidency, she actively supported and lobbied for her husband while more and more black people were sent to prison.”

Despite the revelation to many of the content of Clinton’s book, her supporters claim that she would still have been a better president than Donald Trump.

On Twitter, activist, data scientist and policy analyst Samuel Sinyangwe contended that “2016 was a choice between a white woman benefitting from black prison labor and a white man campaigning on sending black people to prison.”

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