Hillary big banks: breaking them up would do nothing to end racism, nothing to end sexism.
From Shadow Proof by Dan Wright:
In a statement reminiscent of her claim that she took money from Wall Street because of the 9/11 attacks, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a crowd, “If we broke up the big banks tomorrow, would that end racism? Would that end sexism?”
The non sequitur is a not-so-subtle attempt to distract from Clinton’s extensive ties to Wall Street, which have become the focus of critics in recent months and likely played a role in her landslide defeat in the New Hampshire primary. The Clinton campaign clearly wants to change the subject.
But it might be more prudent to ask, “If we elected Hillary Clinton as president, would that end racism? Would that end sexism?”
It is not surprising that numerous black intellectuals are less-than-sanguine about Clinton becoming president, given her warnings about “super predators” from urban areas (read: scary young black men) to push tougher drug laws; her championing of expanding the prison system; and her vocal and resolute support for cutting welfare benefits, which led to millions of children living in poverty–particularly children of color.
Recently, Hillary Clinton’s most prominent surrogate, former President Bill Clinton, told a rally of her supporters that he still considered himself to be the first black president, and that the human genome showed “We are all mix-raced people,” seemingly downplaying how race and racism is experienced in American society. That attitude is not likely to end racism.
Hillary Clinton’s record on fighting sexism is also decidedly mixed. Not only did she support screwing over poor women and children with welfare reform, but her campaign continues to make a mockery of feminism and female solidarity. . . . (more)