Many Americans are at odds over their decision to take part as an active voter in the upcoming Presidential election.As black people we’ve found ourselves in quite a predicament this presidential election season. If Bernie Sanders was your beacon of hope, those hopes have perished under the pressure of the ever-polarizing Hillary Clinton. Many of us have reservations about Madam Secretary,
Following the loss of Vt. Senator Bernie Sanders to Hillary Clinton, many Democrats were left feeling hopeless with the two remaining candidates for President of the United States.
#BlackLivesMatter founder Alicia Garza recently sat down for an interview where she opened up about her views on Clinton’s overall acknowledgement of the Black community during voting time.
Has Hillary Clinton done or said anything as a presidential candidate that’s surprised you?
Early on, she would say, “Yes, black lives matter,” but she wouldn’t acknowledge her role in processes that fundamentally showed black lives did not matter. She says that she is for economic justice, but she doesn’t support $15 an hour as the minimum wage.
After Bill Clinton told black protesters, “You are defending the people who kill the lives you say matter,” you wrote, “My back is tired of being the path to the White House.”
I was angry about that for about a month—seriously, like every single day. It’s reprehensible for him to defend the impacts his policies have had on our communities. The Clintons use black people for votes, but then don’t do anything for black communities after they’re elected. They use us for photo ops.
So where does that leave you on a Clinton-Trump election?
I am going to do everything in my power to make sure that we are not led by Donald Trump. That being said, there’s lots to be engaged in at the state level, the local level. We’re going to continue to push. We’re not indebted to or endeared to the Democratic Party.