Experts say Bill & Hillary ‘decimated Black America’.
Former President Bill Clinton has repeatedly defended the crime bill he signed into law in 1994 – which scholars say fueled the rise of racist mass incarceration.At a May 13 event in Paterson New Jersey in support of his wife the Democratic Party’s presidential front-runner – an audience member asked Clinton ‘Why did you put more people in prison?’
Clinton insisted the questioner was ignorant of the legislation- pointing out that it included a provision that exempted first-time drug offenders from certain sentencing laws.
‘Did you know that? I bet you didn’t’ Clinton condescendingly told the audience member – who was escorted out of the rally – Politico reported.
The former president defended the $30 billion crime bill – boasting that it put an addition 100,000 police officers on the streets and increased gun restrictions.
Activists from the Black Lives Matter movement and other anti-racist groups have repeatedly blasted the Clintons for their role in pushing these ‘tough-on-crime’ policies – which experts say boosted the prison population – devastating millions of people’s lives and disproportionately impacting black and Latina/o Americans and the poor.
Clinton has persistently credited the legislation with creating a 25-year low in crime – 33-year low in murder and 46-year low in illegal gun deaths.
While he has often repeated these talking points – nevertheless scholars say he is wrong.
When he made similar comments in April FactCheck.org reported that ‘Bill Clinton overstated the effect of the crime bill he signed in 1994’.