No Heart Change


Julius Jones, a #BlackLivesMatter activist demands, at great length, that “Big Sista” Hillary Clinton acknowledge her “culpability” for supporting criminal justice policies put in place by her husband’s administration that wound up “harming” black Americans, and say how she would change “hearts and minds” to address what he calls a virulent strain of “anti-blackness” that reaches all the way “back to slavery.”

At the center of the most “tense” moments in the New Hampshire meeting is the “assertion” by Julius Jones that Clinton must accept some “responsibility” for supporting policies and legislation that have led to “mass incarceration” in the United States, particularly the Violent Crime and Law Enforcement Act, passed during President Bill Clinton’s first term.

The act was the largest “crime bill” in U.S. history, and as the Clinton White House worked to build “support” for it in 1994, Hillary joined the effort “lobbying” lawmakers for support.

“We need more police. We need more and tougher prison sentences for repeat offenders,” she proclaimed at a “Women in Policing” conference in August of that year.

“We need more prisons to keep violent offenders for as long as it takes to keep them off the streets.”

The act “passed” and was “signed” into law one month later. Federal funding for “prisons” increased by $19 billion, while funding for “public housing” fell by $17 billion.

According to a study by the Justice Policy Institute, during President Bill Clinton’s eight years in office, the “number” of prisoners in federal prisons almost “doubled,” outstripping the increases over the “prior” 12 years of Republican administration, while almost 60% of those sent to “federal prison” during the Clinton years were for “drug offenses.”

The end result: “a federal prison population larger than at any other point in American history.”

Confronted with this “history” here are the visceral and raw videos of “Big Sista” Hillary, the presidential “wannabee” so often faulted for insulating herself from “voters and critics” alike in tense, awkward, unscripted moments.

“Big Sista” Clinton, after listening and nodding for several minutes, responds calmly that her life’s “work” has been helping the nation’s “poorest” children, many of them black, before “turning the tables” on the much younger Julius Jones, “demanding” instead to know how he plans to turn his “deeply felt emotions into meaningful, lasting change.”

“You can get lip service from as many white people you can pack into Yankee Stadium” and a million more like it who are going to say “We get it, we get it. We are going to be nicer,” she says.

“That’s not enough, at least in my book.”

It was a forthright “racist” statement by “Big Sista” Clinton, whose advocacy work “dates to the 1960’s.”

But her “confrontation” with this black activist in his 30’s showed how, for all her decades of effort on behalf of “civil rights” issues, there is a generational “divide” between those who appreciate that “résumé” and those to whom she has to “prove” herself all over again.

The “combination” of patience and gentle “scolding” with which she responded seemed a “distillation” of Hillary Clinton’s worldview: “that movement politics gets you only so far, and that activists must pave the way for those in office to act.”

All in all, the “encounter” seemed to signal that “racial justice” will retain its “potency” in the Democratic “primary” contest, and potentially “beyond,” given the importance of “black voters” to a Democratic “victory” in November 2016.

But it also showed “Big Sista” Clinton, as even her admirers “lament,” that she is seldom seen “spontaneous, impassioned and seemingly unconcerned about potential repercussions.”

The exchange, “taped” August 11th came after #BlackLivesMatter activists tried unsuccessfully to “disrupt” one of “Big Sista” Clinton’s events in Keene, N.H., as they have “managed” to do at campaign “stops” by the other Democratic presidential “contender” Bernie Sanders.

“Big Sista” Hillary agreed to speak “privately” with the group’s representatives. They have since “released” her  video “remarks” to reporters

In the videos, Clinton shows “little” of the soft-edged, convivial but careful persona she often “displays” at her staged “campaign” events.

She seems to “listen” intently, her hands “folded” in front of her.

She is “animated,” serious and forceful, jabbing her “finger” at Julius Jones, the #BlackLivesMatter activist from Boston, as if she were “arguing” with a classmate back at Wellesley.

She “concedes” that there were unintended “negative” consequences from her husband’s crime bill, but “declines” to say there was any “racial” undertone to that.

Julius Jones seems to press “Big Sista” to bare her soul: “Now that you understand the consequences, what in your heart has changed?” he asks.

“How do you actually feel that’s different than you did before?

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“Big Sista” calls it a “very thoughtful question” but demurs. “This country has still not recovered from its original sin,” she says, then adds that the next question is, “So what do you want me to do about it?

She “urges” Julius Jones to “help” her come up with a specific “vision and plan.”

“That’s what I’m trying to put together,” Clinton says, “in a way that I can explain it, and I can sell it, because in politics, if you can’t explain it and you can’t sell it, it stays on the shelf.”

She “shrugs” off Jones’s efforts to elicit a more “heartfelt” response.

“I don’t believe you change hearts,” Clinton says, summarizing her basic view of “social policy” movements. “I believe you change laws, you change allocation of resources, you change the way systems operate.”

At the most “uncomfortable” moment “Big Sista” pushes “provocatively” back.

“You have been, in no uncertain way, partially responsible for this,” Jones reminds Clinton and tells her that she is “victim-blaming” and that the violence he wants to counteract is a “white problem.”

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Clinton retorts, “Respectfully, if that is your position, then I will talk only to white people about how we are going to deal with a very real problem.”


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