On Thursday, the Congressional Black Caucus endorsed Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for President.
Black American civil rights hero Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), knocked Sanders on civil rights during his endorsement for Clinton.
“I never saw him. I never met him,” Lewis told reporters. “I chaired the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee for three years from 1963 to 1966. I was involved in the sit-ins, the Freedom Rides, the March on Washington, the march from Selma (Alabama) to Montgomery and directed the voter education project for six years. I met Hillary Clinton, I met President Clinton.”
Despite Lewis’ claim that he met the Clintons during the civil rights battles between 1963-66, Bill was 17, and Hillary was 16, and the latter was un-involved with the civil rights movement.
Presumably Clinton was too busy campaigning for Barry Goldwater in 1963. In 1964 Barry Goldwater voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
At the very least, John Lewis was not formally introduced to Bill Clinton until 1991.
Bernie Sanders however, was actively involved in the civil rights movement while he was at the University of Chicago from the early to mid 1960s.
Sanders was the chairman of his university’s chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), and led several protests including one in-front of a Howard Johnson’s in Cicero, Illinois that was in support of 12 CORE activists arrested in North Carolina for trying to eat at a Howard Johnson’s there.
Finally, Sanders was also arrested in 1962 as an “outside agitator” while protesting for the desegregation of public schools in Chicago.
The Clintons on the other-hand have a very different record on civil rights when it comes to Black Americans.
Under the presidency of Bill Clinton, the United States saw the largest increase of inmates in federal and state prisons in history. Most of those incarcerated where Black Americans.
The Nation explains how Clinton imprisoned thousands of Black Americans for the sake of politics and profit.
“Clinton championed the idea of a federal “three strikes” law in his 1994 State of the Union address and, months later, signed a $30 billion crime bill that created dozens of new federal capital crimes, mandated life sentences for some three-time offenders, and authorized more than $16 billion for state prison grants and the expansion of police forces,” reported The Nation. “The legislation was hailed by mainstream-media outlets as a victory for the Democrats, who “were able to wrest the crime issue from the Republicans and make it their own.””
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