Hillary Clinton criticized in bigoted joke conflict

This video, recorded in New York City the USA says about itself:

Hillary Clinton and Bill de Blasio Racist Coloured People Time Joke

12 April 2016

Clinton took the stage for a surprise appearance at Saturday’s Inner Circle Dinner and proceeded to needle Mayor Bill de Blasio for his belated endorsement.

“I just have to say thanks for the endorsement, Bill. Took you long enough,” Clinton told her former campaign manager.

“Sorry, Hillary, I was running on C.P. time,” de Blasio replied to gasps from the crowd.

As Raw Story explains, “C. P. time,” or “colored people time,” refers to “the stereotype that African Americans generally tell as a reason for being late to an event or a traditionally black event not beginning on time.”

“Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr., who is black, was onstage with de Blasio and Clinton. “I don’t like jokes like that,” he said to the mayor.

Clinton then appeared to rescue de Blasio by saying he meant “cautious politician time.”

The skit did not go over well with social media, where many users took issue with the racial nature of the material.

Another video from the USA says about itself:

Racial Joke by Hillary Clinton, NY Mayor Leaves People Cringing

12 April 2016

Hillary Clinton and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio sparked controversy at an event on Saturday with a racially charged joke.

Clinton and de Blasio were joined onstage by Leslie Odom Jr. in costume as Aaron Burr, whom he plays in the hit Broadway musical Hamilton. Clinton thanked de Blasio for his endorsement–which many pointed out came rather late in the game–and ribbed him, “Took you long enough.”

The mayor replied, “Sorry, Hillary, I was running on C.P. time.”

The abbreviation refers to the stereotype of “Colored People time,” and several people in the audience could be heard gasping or groaning. Odom, who is black … rebuked him, saying, “I don’t like jokes like that, Bill.”

Clinton dryly replied, “Cautious politician time. I’ve been there.”

The exchange prompted pushback online, both from bloggers and social media users.

Clinton, who has performed well with black voters in early primaries, will depend on their votes in the New York primary on April 19.

Claiming that “C.P. time” means “cautious politician time” is a bit similar to saying: “KKK? That does not have to mean Ku Klux Klan. Don’t you know that KKK can mean Krispy Kreme Klub, about doughnuts, as well?”

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Hillary Clinton under fire for participating in racially charged joke

The joke poked fun at a negative stereotype of black Americans

Feliks Garcia, New York

Hillary Clinton and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are under fire after making a joke at a fundraising dinner that played off a negative stereotype of black Americans.

Appearing at the annual Inner Circle charity dinner, the Democratic presidential front-runner appeared in a sketch with Mr de Blasio, along with Hamilton actor Leslie Odom Jr., where she thanked him for his admittedly late endorsement.

“Thanks for the endorsement, Bill.” Ms Clinton said to cheers. “Took you long enough.”

“Sorry, Hillary. I was running on CP time,” Mr de Blasio responded to groans from the audience. One member can be heard in the video yelling, “No.”

“CP time” is shorthand for the phrase, “coloured people’s time,” which refers to the negative stereotype that black Americans are often running late.

Mr Odom, who is black, responded in character: “I don’t like jokes like that, Bill. That’s not appropriate.”

Ms Clinton clarified that “CP” actually stood for “cautious politician,” not the more commonly used racial stereotype.

The joke has been called “awkward,” “ill-advised,” and “a patently unfunny attempt at mimicking humour.”

Ms Clinton has been under scrutiny when it comes to race in recent weeks. Critics of the former Secretary of State accuse her of being a key advocate of the 1994 Crime Bill passed by President Bill Clinton that led to the mass incarceration of countless black people.

On Thursday, responding to such criticisms from Black Lives Matter activists, Mr Clinton appeared to lose his temper and accused the protesters of supporting murderers and drug dealers.

“You are defending the people who kill the lives you say matter,” he said.

Japanese-Americans in concentration camps in the 1940s

This video from the USA says about itself:

Seven Decades Ago the U.S. Detained 120,000 Japanese-Americans, Could it Happen Again?

11 April 2016

As Secretary of State John Kerry visits Hiroshima, Japan, site of the 1945 U.S. nuclear attack which killed 140,000 people, most of them civilians, we turn to another choice the United States made during its fight against Japan in World War II—the decision to imprison 120,000 Japanese Americans in internment camps across the U.S.—and ask: Could something like this happen again?

The 2016 presidential campaign has been marked by calls from Republican candidates to create a database of all American Muslims and to have the police patrol Muslim neighborhoods. Cruz’s proposals came after Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump told Time magazine last year he did not know if he would have supported or opposed Japanese-American internment camps had he been a leader during World War II.

We speak with Richard Reeves, an award-winning journalist and the best-selling author of several books, most recently, “Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese-American Internment in World War II,” and with Karen Ishizuka, a third-generation American of Japanese descent. She was the curator of the nationwide exhibit called “America’s Concentration Camps: Remembering the Japanese-American Experience.” Her latest book is titled “Serve the People: Making Asian America in the Long Sixties.”

Black Lives Matter and Clinton in the USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

Black Lives Matter Activist: Bill Clinton’s Defense of “Superpredator” Policies Dehumanizes Us

11 April 2016

The Black Lives Matter movement continues to shake up the race to the White House. On Thursday, activists in Philadelphia disrupted a speech by former President Bill Clinton, who was campaigning on behalf of Hillary Clinton. The activists called out the Clintons for their support for the 1994 crime bill, which led to a massive expansion of incarceration in the United States, and Hillary Clinton’s 1996 comments that some youth were “superpredators.”

In response, Bill Clinton defended Hillary Clinton’s use of the term “superpredators” and accused the activists of defending criminals. We speak to Melina Abdullah, an organizer with Black Lives Matter in Los Angeles. “[Bill Clinton] is very good at … distracting us from how systems create these conditions,” says Abdullah. “They act as if the young folks who wind up committing crimes … as if they weren’t human beings. This term ‘superpredator’ dehumanizes our children.”

This video from the USA says about itself:

Black Lives Matter vs. the LAPD: Are the Police Unfairly Targeting & Surveilling the Movement?

11 April 2016

Prosecutors in Los Angeles are determining whether to retry six Black Lives Matter activists whose trial recently ended in a hung jury. The six face misdemeanor charges for barricading the 101 freeway in Los Angeles in November 2014. That action was in response to the non-indictment of former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown three months earlier.

Activist Rosa Clemente was also tried but was acquitted. Supporters say the prosecution is part of a larger effort by the LAPD and City Attorney’s Office targeting Black Lives Matter activists in Los Angeles. Melina Abdullah, an organizer with Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles, describes how many protesters facing charges were under surveillance and how some had letters sent to their homes from the LAPD and the U.S. Justice Department. Abdullah is professor and chair of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. We also speak with Nana Gyamfi, a criminal defense and human rights attorney who represents Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles.

Nixon’s ‘war on drugs’, racism and militarism

This video from the USA says about itself:

Nixon Invented War On Drugs To Attack Black People And Leftists

9 April 2016

John Ehrlichman was one of the henchmen for Richard Nixon. He was sent to prison for his role in the Watergate conspiracy. He was also part of a much broader conspiracy, which has only recently come to light. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“Former aides to President Richard Nixon disavowed a recently published, provocative quote from a colleague about the racial motivation behind the war on drugs, and suggested that the colleague was being sarcastic.

The statement — attributed to Nixon’s chief domestic adviser, John Ehrlichman — alleged that the administration’s drug war was meant to cripple black communities and the “antiwar left.”

Journalist Dan Baum wrote in the April cover story for Harper’s that Ehrlichman told him in 1994 that the Nixon campaign and Nixon White House considered those two groups to be their enemies. “We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities,” Ehrlichman reportedly said.

But three former Nixon aides say the quote just doesn’t sound like Ehrlichman, and if he did say it, he was mistaken.”

Read more here.

Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton news update

This video from the USA says about itself:

Why Hillary Supporters Called Themselves PUMA’s In ‘08

7 April 2016

Now we hear from the Hillary Clinton camp that Bernie Sanders needs to tone it down. They say you’re allowed to keep running, but stop criticizing. But back in 2008 [when Ms Clinton was running against Mr Obama for the Democratic party presidential candidacy] her supporters said the opposite. They called themselves “PUMA’s”. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“Diehard Hillary Clinton supporters who still refuse to accept that the nomination race is over have given themselves a name, Pumas, and a logo that the in-house lawyers at the Puma sportswear brand might like to take a look at. In the network of blogs where the name originated, it stood for “Party Unity, My Ass!” – a defiant shout of opposition to the notion that they should fall silent in order to speed the healing of Democratic wounds.

Now that the Pumas have formed their own fundraising committee, however, they seem to have had a change of heart. According to their site, Pumapac.org, Puma stands for “People United Means Action“, an exactly opposite sentiment, prompting the thought that if they don’t iron out such inconsistencies in their message very soon indeed, there’s a serious chance that Clinton might not be the next president.”

Read more here.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Bill Clinton Vs. Black Lives Matter

7 April 2016

During a recent speech, Bill Clinton was interrupted by Black Lives Matter. Instead of giving them the floor to voice their concerns like Bernie Sanders did, he attempted to educate them on the merits of the crime bill he passed in the 90’s. You know, the bill that caused millions more African Americans to be imprisoned with much longer sentences… The one Hillary Clinton championed and marketed with the term “super-predators.” Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down. …

“Former President Bill Clinton sounded like a cranky Fox news viewer on the campaign trail today while stumping for Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia today.

His speech was repeatedly interrupted by Black Lives Matter protesters, specifically with regard to his crime bill and the consequences of it today.

When pushed on it, Clinton lashed back …

He went on to highlight other provisions of the crime bill — the assault weapons ban, money for after-school programs for inner-city children and funding for additional police officers that Clinton said reduced the need for police to bring in “militarized” equipment — as well as Clinton’s work with disadvantaged children and on cataloging discrimination in an Alabama school.

So far, so good, but then it went off the rails, when the protesters accused him of crimes against humanity, sparking an angry response.

“I don’t know how you would characterize the gang leaders who got 13-year-old kids hopped up on crack and sent them out on the street to murder other African-American children,” Clinton growled. “Maybe you thought they were good citizens… You are defending the people who kill the people whose lives you say matter!””

Read more here.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Why Corporate Media Owners HATE Bernie Sanders

7 April 2016

Yesterday we covered the NY Daily News’s attempted hatchet job on Bernie Sanders. Why all the hate? It may have something to do with the fact that the paper’s owner would stand to lose about a $100 billion a year in taxes if Bernie’s tax plan got through. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Bernie Sanders And Hillary Clinton Spar On Qualifications

7 April 2016

Controversy! Bernie Sanders has said something that has been deemed unacceptable by the establishment media. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down.

“Sanders… she has been saying lately that she thinks that I am ‘not qualified’ to be president.

Well, let me, let me just say in response to Secretary Clinton: I don’t believe that she is qualified, if she is, through her SUPER PAC, taking tens of millions of dollars in special interest funds. I don’t think that you are qualified if you get $15 million from Wall Street through your super PAC.”

I don’t think you are qualified if you have voted for the disastrous war in Iraq. I don’t think you are qualified if you have supported virtually every disastrous trade agreement which has cost us millions of decent paying jobs. I don’t think you are qualified if you’ve supported the Panama free trade agreement, something I very strongly opposed and, which as all of you know, has allowed corporations and wealthy all over the world people to avoid paying their taxes to their countries.”

Read more here.

Refugees welcome, nazis not in Kent, England

Refugees welcomed on white cliffs of Dover

After the ‘bluebirds over the white cliffs of Dover‘ of the Vera Lynn song, now this message of welcome and humanity there.

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Dover’s white cliffs beam message of hope

Saturday 2nd April 2016

A GIANT illuminated message of solidarity has been projected on the white cliffs of Dover before an anti-immigration march in the town planned for today by a rabble of neonazis.

Refugees welcome” has been projected in huge letters across the cliffs by a campaign collaboration between organisation Global Justice Now and guerilla projectionists Feral X.

Nearly 40 thugs have been arrested for rioting and violence during clashes with counter-protesters at the previous far-right march in January.

Now, Dover will yet again be invaded by the neonazis — of which most of them do not live in the town — and anti-fascists from across Britain will travel there to overshadow their messages of hate by sending a convoy of vehicles filled with provisions to refugees in Calais.

Global Justice Now director Nick Dearden said: “Far right groups are coming to Dover to fan the flames of hatred and xenophobia, often generating a lot of media coverage in the process.

“But thousands of groups and communities are acting in many different ways to offer practical and personal support to refugees who have fled desperate circumstances to get here.”

Mr Dearden criticised the government for playing a “very active role” in the destruction of the Middle East and for not promising to take in more than 20,000 refugees.

He also pointed towards smaller and poorer countries that are doing more than Britain to help alleviate the crisis.

He added: “The UK is not ‘full.’ Lebanon, a country half the size of Wales, has taken in one million Syrian refugees. It is perfectly possible for the UK to take far more migrants than we currently see.”

Blood swastika daubed on bus by nazis

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Blood Swastika Pillock One of 40 Rioters Nicked

Saturday 2nd April 2016

Neonazi rally threatens Dover again despite mass arrests

A NEONAZI suspected of daubing a bloody swastika on a coach was revealed yesterday to be one of nearly 40 thugs arrested in the wake of an anti-refugee riot.

The 52-year-old man from Fulham, who is on bail, is banned from entering Dover following an incident at Maidstone motorway service station in January, where men brandishing weapons smashed up coaches filled with anti-fascists travelling to a counter-demonstration.

Kent Police said detectives used DNA testing from the blood to find and arrest the man on February 25.

Assistant Chief Constable Neil Jerome said: “Seventeen were arrested on the day, the rest have been arrested since then and arrests continue to be made.

“Sixteen have been charged with a variety of offences and 21 are on bail with conditions not to enter Dover.”

Despite the arrests, other fascists are nevertheless gearing up to wreak havoc again today in the port town, which Kent Anti-Racism Network chairwoman Bridget Chapman says is seen as an easy target to “build a message of hate.”

This is because the violent racists — who are overwhelmingly not from Dover — take advantage of its economic deprivation and close proximity to refugees and migrants in northern France.

Anti-fascist groups across Britain are travelling down to resist the far-right mobs and to focus on giving “love, solidarity and warm socks” to refugees living in unsanitary conditions in Calais.

A convoy of several cars decorated with banners will make their way to France to support the migrants and “show up the fascists for being Hitler-loving thugs,” Ms Chapman added.

She told the Star that she and a female friend were physically attacked by neo-nazis at the previous Dover counter-rally.

She continued: “Violence at the last protest has come from the one side — that arrived drunk and armed.

“I saw a group that went up to block the road and broke through police lines to pelt them with masonry and sharpened sticks.

“I was attacked by a huge guy with a metal bar. My friend was kicked down some stairs and kicked in the head. They simply want a fight.

“We don’t want to fight but nor do we want to accept fascists roaming around the streets of Dover chanting racist slogans and Sieg-Heiling around town.

“These people do not want a peaceful protest.”

According to Kent Police, officers only have powers to stop people from engaging in their legal right to assemble and protest if there is a likelihood of violence, rioting and looting.

Hope not Hate spokesman Matthew Collins had told the Star that the organisation was surprised by “how underprepared the police were” during the last rally.

Kent Police Assistant Chief Constable Neil Jerome added: “Based on the information we have, and the lessons learned from last time, there will be significantly more police officers in Dover on Saturday.

“Those who choose to act in a violent, threatening or disorderly manner can expect a police response that is impartial, firm and fair, and they will be held to account for their actions.”

HUGH LANNING reports on an Kent-wide initiative designed to stop fascists using the refugee crisis to promote racial hatred and division: here.

A YORKSHIRE pub licensee confirmed yesterday that he would not serve right-wing thugs who regularly descend on Rotherham to spread their hateful message. The decision is a victory for local anti-racists who called on Bridge Inn licensee Tony Watson and the Old Mill Brewery to close the doors to fascists: here.