Hillary Clinton Is Just Insulting

Any self-respecting man should be offended by how today's leading Democrats are addressing black audiences.  The only thing worse, perhaps, is that some of those same audiences are taken in by it.
Walter-williams

“I don’t feel no ways tired. I come too far from where I started from. Nobody told me that the road would be easy. I don’t believe He brought me this far,” drawled presidential aspirant Hillary Clinton, mimicking black voice to a black audience, at the First Baptist Church of Selma, Alabama.

I’m wondering if Mrs. Clinton visits an Indian reservation she might cozy up to them saying, “How! Me not tired. Me come heap long way. Road mighty rough. Sky Spirit no bring me this far.”

Or, seeking the Asian vote she might say, “I no wray tired. Come too far I started flum. Road berry clooked. Number one Dragon King take me far.”

The occasion of Mrs. Clinton’s speech was the 42nd anniversary of Bloody Sunday, on March 7, 1965, when 600 civil rights marchers were attacked by police with billy clubs, cattle prods and tear gas, one of the high points in the black civil rights struggle.

Commemorating a key point in American history is one thing, but a white person mimicking black dialect is demeaning and insulting. And, if it buys her votes from those in attendance, not much flattering can be said about them.

Mrs. Clinton later explained her drawl, around black audiences, to a meeting of the National Association of Black Journalists, “I lived all those years in Arkansas, and, you know, I’m in this interracial marriage.” The interracial marriage bit has to do with the frequent reference to former President Clinton, by the Congressional Black Caucus and others, as the “first black president.”

Mrs. Clinton is not alone in demeaning talk to black people; she’s in good company with Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, who talk of “going from the outhouse to the White House” and “from disgrace to amazing grace” and other such nonsense. Neither Clinton nor Revs. Sharpton and Jackson address white audiences in that manner.

Before a predominantly black audience, during his 2004 presidential bid, Sen. John Kerry said, in reference to so many blacks in prison, “That’s unacceptable, but it’s not their fault.” I doubt whether Kerry would have told a white audience that jailed white people were faultless. Kerry probably holds whites responsible for their criminal behavior.

In 2004, NAACP President Kweisi Mfume said of President George Bush, “We have a president that’s prepared to take us back to the days of Jim Crow segregation and dominance.” During the 2000 presidential campaign, Rev. Jesse Jackson warned black audiences by telling them that a Bush win would turn the civil rights clock back to the days of Jim Crow.

Now that Bush’s two-term presidency is near its end, why wouldn’t someone ask Jesse and Kweisi about the accuracy of their predictions?

Suppose some demagogue in 2000 told Jewish Americans that a Bush presidency would mean concentration camps, or told Japanese-Americans that his presidency would mean internment? Do you think such pronouncements would have been welcomed and applauded? I’m sure that had someone made such a stupid prediction to Jewish and Japanese-Americans, they would have had ridicule and scorn heaped upon them.

What does it say about blacks who can be taken in by pandering, alarmist nonsense from both whites and blacks as a means to get their votes?

As a black man, I don’t find the most obvious answer very flattering.

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He has authored more than 150 publications, including many in scholarly journals, and has frequently given expert testimony before Congressional committees on public policy issues ranging from labor policy to taxation and spending.

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Mr Williams is spot-on as usual. I find Mrs. Clinton's constant remaking of herself to please which ever audience to whom she is speaking to be a deplorable and obvious tactic to get votes. This just adds more evidence to the supposition that Mrs. Clinton will do anything at all to gain the White House. God help us.
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Thank you Professor Williams for bringing an alternate and intelligent perspective to the political/racial issues. Gowing up in a predominantly white suburban NJ town I sometimes feel that I do not have the "right" to my opinions on black issues in politics. How could I understand the needs of black America? I am reading your collection of essays from "Do the Right Thing" and I find myself in agreement with so many of your opinions and it is refreshing. When the media focuses so much on the Clintons of the world I feel frustrated by my opposing views and The Atlasphere is the only place to turn for libertarian or moderate alternative ideaology. What I find most frustrating is that if you speak out against the liberal left, people assume you agree with the republican right. Why can't we see the good and bad in each side and find a middle ground and uphold the constituion and human rights without going to the extremes of either side? Is there any hope for change in our political structure? Thank you for doing what you do and speaking your mind.
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