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Clinton’s Overwhelmingly Endorsed By Black Politicians… But Is That Enough?

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Clinton’s Overwhelmingly Endorsed By Black Politicians… But Is That Enough?

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U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (L) and U.S. Rep. James Clyburn (top L) talk with first lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama after the conclusion of funeral services for Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston, South Carolina June 26, 2015.

This article has been updated to reflect that Senator Tim Scott is not a member of the Congressional Black Caucus. 

Earlier today, members of the Congressional Black Caucus Political Action Committee — not to be confused with the Congressional Black Caucus, of which Republican Congresswoman Mia Love (R-UT4) is a member — held a press conference to speak publicly about their endorsement of Hillary Clinton. Yesterday, the group published a press release on its website urging voters to support “a Democrat who has put forward thoughtful, realistic proposals on the fundamental challenges facing our nation.”

The announcement follows a familiar trend. Of all incumbent Democratic senators, representatives, and governors to endorse a presidential candidate, Clinton has received all endorsements except for two: Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) — an active voice during the protests surrounding the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.). Ellison — who is Black and Muslim — and Grijalva are co-chairmen of the Progressive Congressional Caucus.

The timing of the CBC PAC endorsement is no accident: the Clinton camp is frantically trying to regain some momentum before March brings Super Tuesday and a subsequent slew of primaries and caucuses. On February 27, South Carolina will vote for a Democratic presidential candidate. Clinton leads there, both among the general electorate and Black voters: one poll in November, from Winthrop University, clocked her support at 80 percent among Black respondents.

Sanders’s highest profile Black endorsements have been from public figures largely outside of elected politics: Ben Jealous, the former president of the NAACP; professor and public intellectual Cornel West; Erica Garner, the daughter of Eric Garner; and rapper Killer Mike, for example. The Sanders camp has also widely publicized the endorsements of South Carolina State Representative Justin T. Bamberg, the lawyer for the family of Walter Scott, and former Ohio State Representative Nina Turner, who switched her endorsement from Clinton to Sanders in November.

Yesterday, The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates and Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, announced their support of Sanders — Alexander in an article in The Nation and Coates during an interview on Democracy Now!.

If this trend continues, Clinton may face a situation that, by now, is all too familiar for her campaign: the poor optics of large numbers of establishment figures lining up behind an establishment candidate, while liberal voices trickle over to the Sanders camp. Clinton’s lead among Black voters — nationwide and in states with huge electoral sway — simply cannot be overstated. Still, Sanders’ camp has succeeded so far seemingly because of his distance from an elected establishment. And if he closes the gap with Black voters, it will be without the help of this establishment.

Photo: Clyburn (top L) talk with first lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama after the conclusion of funeral services for Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston, South Carolina June 26, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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  1. Otto Greif February 11, 2016

    One of the black politicians who endorsed Clinton:

    http://cdn.tomjoynerfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/butterfield.jpg

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    1. greenlantern1 February 12, 2016

      Wasn’t Nixon a white traitor?

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    2. jmprint February 12, 2016

      KKK endorses Trump, who you voting for.

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      1. Otto Greif February 12, 2016

        That’s exciting news.

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  2. greenlantern1 February 12, 2016

    I am a Caucasian!
    I used to be a REPUBLICAN.
    After Watergate; I bolted!
    COUNT NE IN!!

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  3. itsfun February 12, 2016

    It seems that the minority voters would realize that the Democratic party is doing nothing for them except give them lip service. Just take a look at Detroit and Chicago. What have the Democrats done to help these cities. Ghetto conditions, killings, gangs still rule.

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    1. Eleanore Whitaker February 12, 2016

      Ever check which rich men own those ghettos and make their wealth from them? You are pretty dense when it comes to lobbing blame on Democrats. George Soros has given away billions to many colleges and communities..unlike the Kock boys who ONLY gave to a single Presbyterian University or the Waltons who ONLY give when they GET something in return..like huge tax cuts.

      As for ghettos…Where are the worst today? In mostly Republican states…check out Atlanta, Dallas, Baltimore, New Orleans…lots of ghettos there sonny boy..just too cowardly to admit it right?

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      1. jmprint February 12, 2016

        No Eleanore we do not speak of the republican deficiencies and the fact that they are the root to all evil and destruction. No we just don’t do that.

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    2. pisces63 February 12, 2016

      Most you just don’t get it do you? It has nothing to do with lip service and in a way it does. They do not systematically denigrate and stereotype like you just did. Those cities, like Flint once were the wealthiest in the nation, especially Flint, Michigan. Democrats had nothing to do with the loss of those jobs. Here, inCleveland and Ohio, we once had no state or local taxes. We had no school levies. Why? Ford, GM, AM, US Steel, LTV Steel, etc., who paid more than their fair share in living wages, benefits and local taxes. They held up our communities. Whenever an affair was held they were out in mass representing their pledge to the communities. We once had over 1 million people in Cleveland and it was a place to behold. Jobs left slowly, at first andthen as a flood after the oil embargo. I know, my husband’s plant left because of the astronomical rise in fuel costs. It was a foundry. This job paid over 420.00 an hour in 1980 when it left and a bonus of $5,000 around Thanksgiving each year. What took their places? Half assed paying service industry jobs with
      little or no benefits. My husband finally found one for $8.00/hr. There
      are banks still here which paid an entry level amount of $5.00/hr in 1970 and
      just pay $12.00 an hour, today. Really!! Plus, you have the major job provider, Cleveland Clinic always whining about paying their fair share of taxes. See the difference? Manufacturing paid their fair share without so much as a whimper. Service industries pay less in salaries and benefits and want to pay as little taxes as possible. Watch them whine. Yet, they did not accept ACA BUT accepts their part of the $1 billion allocated to Ohio for the indigent they service. I registered as a democrat in 1970 and have voted split ticket, gladly. No more. No since Obama won and the hate came out. Lies, innuendo, half-truths, the hate speeches against us. The murders of our children. The complicit agreement that they were all justified. No one handed us anything but Democrats said we can do anything and attain anything. The right pays lip service and then cock blocks in some way, such as restricting our right to vote. If we make it, a lot of you want proof. Who are you? This 66 year old black woman who once voted split tickets with no qualms will never again. In fact if I see a republican burning in a gutter, I will throw a barbeque. Republicans are to blame, too. From every republican candidate from Nixon, they played the race card and denigrated me and mine. I should vote for them?

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      1. itsfun February 12, 2016

        Flint lost Buick and that was the beginning of the problems there. Detroit was once a great city, now after decades of liberal rule, Detroit is a broken down welfare city. Children are going to public schools that have rats running in the rooms, ceilings falling down. This was reported by the Detroit Free Press. I am saying the liberal politicians are saying how much they do for the minorities. You have just proven they are doing almost nothing. I don’t know if what I saw on the news this morning is true or not, but they had a black lady on saying a huge problem is 71% of black babies are being born out of wedlock. If this it true, it points out the need for families being together to make progress. Somehow we need programs that encourage family unity, and better educational opportunities. Not all kids want to go to college for more education. We need to have programs for getting into carpenter work, plumbing, electricians, etc. We need to get all kids off the streets, and out of gangs. I don’t know the answers, but I do know the politicians have done nothing to help. Maybe funding great community facilities that not only have recreational opportunities, but also opportunities to learn a trade. This is for all kids of all races and backgrounds.

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        1. pisces63 February 12, 2016

          That’s what I mean. Blame liberals. Not the economic circumstances that causes the blight. One causes the other or don’t you want to get that? We had to get our first city tax in 1982 under a Republican, George Voinovich for whom I
          voted. They continually cut funding for our schools from the time my kids started in 1979. The system had gone without a raise for 25 years by then. Teachers struck and I don’t
          blame them. Did you work for 25 years without a raise? The custodians made more money than a teacher with a doctorate.
          They refused funding for building repair and mostly white folks, as usual voted against. They bitch and moan about paying what is needed and then blame the schools for failing. Schools do not pass or fail. They are inanimate objects and we do not sit
          in a chair and learn through osmosis. Sick of that crap, also. They continually failed levy after levy to the point teachers were cut, repair money cut. They were on bare threads. Yet, now we have charters under the phony guise of right wing white folks heppin the po’ black children with ‘choice’, when in fact to get around constitutional church and state to get parochial
          schools paid because they were leaking money, hand over fist for their lack of moral character. See: Spotlight. In Ohio, over 90% of charters are worse than public schools. THAT’s where the hypocrisy of the right REALLY shines. They wanted
          to get their buddies paid for shoddy charters with no oversight or very little compared to public schools. Because we
          taught our children to read, 12/12 of us are CMSD grads and 10 have college degrees the last two, a senior and junior.
          They speak and write fluent Japanese and the older is in school longer to learn Chinese and Korean and is on dean’s list since her first year of college along with her sister who is pre-med, also. Two of my sisters also have Masters. Two are males, our sons, a computer graphics engineer and a business manager. They NEVER promised us a thing but a chance to do.
          That is the mantra of the lying right. MY children are third generation college graduates. WE HAD all that in our schools. My sister next to me did not originally go to college, she worked part time starting at 16 in the then COE program. She got her job at the Illuminating company and worked there until her buy out after 25 years, when they moved and now has worked this job over 20 years. We had a wood shop. Car shop. You name it. Lack of funding, deliberately done, caused the loss of these skilled labor job training classes. They were there when I graduated in 1967. As for babies born out of wedlock. None of us or our children were and from Ancestry, none of my cousins, aunts and uncles back to slavery were born out of wedlock, either. It’s called talk to ME, not at me in a sneering way.

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