As Hillary Clinton sprints to the finish line, seemingly to be the democratic candidate for the presidency, I keep thinking of the role her husband, President Bill Clinton, played in the mass incarceration of the nation, specifically Black men. Granted, it began with President Nixon’s declaration of war in 1968, that is, his War on Crime. In any event, President Clinton’s continuation and escalation of this war was a powerful political move. Not only did he steal the crime-fighting agenda of the Republican party, but he also out-Herod Herod. This move effectively neutralized a generation of Black men, who would not only carry the stigma of a criminal history for the rest of their lives, but also, because of their absence, created a black hole of chaos in Black communities across the nation, leaving another generation with practically no positive black male leadership or guidance. (So much of this leadership had already been killed off or imprisoned in the 1960s and 1970s.) Little wonder that the Crack Epidemic (1984 to the early 1990s) created such devastation in Black communities.
So as Hillary Clinton makes her run and might make history as the first woman president in United States history, I wonder what role her husband will have in her presidency. In other quarters I have written how the Clintons have bamboozled and continue to bamboozle Black folk. One thing I know for sure, President Clintons mea culpas ring hollow and his crimes against the black community cannot be expunged.