WASHINGTON, April 12, 2016 — Hillary Clinton and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio took part in a racist skit while attending a Saturday New York City black-tie event. The Democratic frontrunner, who has relied heavily on the black vote, appeared next to Broadway “Hamilton” cast member Leslie Odom Jr. and de Blasio when the racially tinged comments were uttered.
The phrase “colored people’s time” has been used to perpetuate the racist stereotype that blacks are unreliable and often late to appointments or occasions. During the skit someone in the audience, clearly not amused, loudly shouted, “NO!”
Black voters in New York State and around the country may think twice about their allegiance to Clinton after this incident.
Should anyone be amazed by that, NBC News reported that the entire racially tinged skit was scripted. The mayor and Clinton must have signed off and gone ahead with it, oblivious to the potential impact. They were sending a clear, convincing message to black voters: “We already have your vote, so we’ll take a familiar dip into our former racist party history for old times’ sake.”
Was it a mere simple gaffe between political friends or something more revealing concerning the character and convictions of Hillary, who once called blacks “super predators,” when her husband Bill Clinton was president? According to the Washington Post, the First Lady said in 1996, “They are often the kinds of kids that are called ‘super-predators,’” and added, that they have “No conscience, no empathy, we can talk about why they ended up that way, but first we have to bring them to heel.“
That point of view came back to bite her in 2016, when she was confronted before the South Carolina primary by Ashley Williams, a 23-year-old activist from Charlotte, who challenged Clinton on her 20-year-old remarks.
It was in this same state that Bill Clinton channelled his derision toward then presidential challenger Sen. Barack Obama in 2008: “A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee.” He also suggested in a 2008 campaign event that Obama’s campaign stances “were the biggest fairy tale I’ve ever seen.”
While Clinton’s first comment was considered to be borderline racist, the second comment coupled with the first helped solidify growing black support for Obama, who went on to snatch victory from Hillary Clinton.
Now, with Clinton’s second chance at the presidential nomination, she still needs the rock-solid support of black voters not only in New York, but also in upcoming battles in Pennsylvania, Indiana and other states where black voters make up a sizable portion of the primary base.
If Republican presidential candidates Sen. Ted Cruz, Donald Trump or Ohio Gov. John Kasich uttered those words, liberal pundits, black activists, civil rights leaders and the mainstream media would have crucified them. Double standard? Of course.
What is ironic about the Clinton and de Blasio faux pas is that black voters in large will largely ignore the two Democratic leaders making fun of blacks because they do not realize yet that the joke is being played on them. Perhaps black voters should get ahead of Clinton and de Blasio and play a voting joke on them. Instead of supporting her, vote for anybody but Clinton by using their “Freedom People’s Time” identification card.
It is fully recognized and accepted as legal ID in both parties.