Billy Jeff Backs #BlackLivesMatter And Hillary On Crime
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 onto the street to murder other African-American children. Maybe you thought they were good citizens. She [Hillary] didn’t. She didn’t. You are defending the people who kill the lives you say matter.”
Billy Jeff, Hillary, The Crime Bill and “Superpredators”
#BlacksLivesMatters does not condone criminality so Billy Jeff was right about the movement’s focus on the debunked superpredators comment. The Superpredator theory is essentially a junk-science criminology theory that foretold of a cataclysmic wave of child sociopaths. It was racially coded and has since been withdrawn by its principle author. Hillary should not have used the term, but she was obviously not talking about black kids generally. Her exact quote:
They are not just gangs of kids anymore. They are often the kinds of kids that are called ‘superpredators.’ No conscience, no empathy. We can talk about why they ended up that way, but first we have to bring them to heel.”
She referenced it once, twenty years ago. If you look at the context of that quote, however, it becomes clear that Hillary wasn’t using the term as a broad slur against young black youths, but as a specific reference to those involved in gang murders, and she wasn’t using it to advocate for mass incarceration, she was promoting something called “community policing”
Christopher goes on to mention how even when she was promoting the crime bill as first lady, Hillary took care to note the positive aspects, and clearly seemed to view the stentorian aspects as a tradeoff:
People seem not to have time for context. Quite simply, those complaining about crime laws either do not remember or have forgotten the 1980s or 1990s. Bill was doing what most people thought was correct at that time. To say otherwise is to have a disconnected perception of reality similar to that of a college student entering the real world.
Black people cheered the 1994 crime legislation; they wanted a solution for the problem that drugs had brought to their neighborhoods. Though he obviously could’ve handled the question better, Billy Jeff has a point saying the black community rightfully turned to the government to address this problem, and were largely happy with the results.
#BlackLivesMatter is neither rude nor pointless. The problem is that anyone can run with the slogan. There is no official organized hierarchy; thus, anyone can use it and do what they want with it for better or worse. In fact, I think part of the problem is media branding black protestors as BLM protestors, whether they are or not.
Bill Clinton is to be respected both as a politician and intellect. I admire what his administration accomplished economically, but he’s a 70-year-old white guy from Arkansas. His views are going to be shaped by his life experience. Like his 68-year-old wife running for President and her 74-year-old opponent tucked away in Vermont, none of them have any concept nor understanding of #BlackLivesMatter. While Bill and Hillary have renounced the crime bill, this is why it’s important for the movement’s leadership to remain young as to remain relevant and in tune with the movement’s membership.
While #BlackLivesMatter is somewhat unorganized, it’s a very young movement. The young people involved are not disconnected or stupid, they’re just inexperienced. It’s important they keep protesting for change because older people do not understand . This makes it important that all voices are heard. The overall cynicism about young black people having a voice and the legal way they choose to use it is much more disconcerting.