The New Jim Crow

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The Superpredator Act of 1994. Liberal icons Feinstein, Kerry, Biden and Wellstone are clearly visible with President Clinton. The bill is known for its sentencing disparities which led to mass incarceration of Blacks.[1]

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness is a book by Michelle Alexander, a civil rights litigator and legal scholar. The book discusses race-related issues specific to African-American males and mass incarceration in the United States during the Clinton administration.[2]

Mass incarceration

Under the Biden Crime Bill, more the 250,000 African Americans were imprisoned in the United States than under President Reagan,[3] a fact for which both Joseph Biden and Hillary Clinton took credit for.[4] Hillary Clinton was at his side when Bill Clinton raised mandatory sentencing guidelines which disproportionately sent Blacks to prison, giving the United States the highest mass incarceration rate in the world.[5] Biden and the Clinton's championed the “three strikes you're out” law, passed a crime bill that created dozens of new federal capital crimes, mandated life sentences for some three-time offenders, and authorized more than $16 billion for more state prisons. By the time the Clinton's left office in 2001, the United States had the highest rate of incarceration in the world. Human Rights Watch reported that in seven states, African Americans constituted 80 to 90 percent of all drug offenders even though they were no more likely than whites to use or sell illegal drugs. Prison admissions for drug offenses reached a level in 2000 for African Americans more than 26 times the level they had been under Ronald Reagan.[6]

Cumulatively since the Biden Crime Bill passed, 2.5 million adult black males—more than 10% of the population—were incarcerated leaving untold damage on black families.[7]

Superpredators

The Clinton's divisiveness and hate was targeted at a diverse group of people.[8] Hillary Clinton publicly advocated treating minority youth like dogs,[9] made mocking and offensive comments about Jews and retarded children.[10] These sentiments were confirmed by Hillary's campaign chair, John Podesta, and her campaign manager, Robby Mook. According to all major, reputable sources, Hillary Clinton and/or her organization and its surrogates started the birther movement to discredit Barack Obama.[11]

'Predators beyond the pale'

In a 1993 Senate floor speech Biden warned of "predators on our streets" who were "beyond the pale" and said they must be cordoned off from the rest of society because the justice system did not know how to rehabilitate them. Biden described a
"cadre of young people, tens of thousands of them, born out of wedlock, without parents, without supervision, without any structure, without any conscience developing because they literally ... because they literally have not been socialized, they literally have not had an opportunity."
Biden went on in the same breath,
"It doesn't matter whether or not the person that is accosting your son or daughter or my son or daughter, my wife, your husband, my mother, your parents, it doesn't matter whether or not they were deprived as a youth. It doesn't matter whether or not they had no background that enabled them to become socialized into the fabric of society. It doesn't matter whether or not they're the victims of society. The end result is they're about to knock my mother on the head with a lead pipe, shoot my sister, beat up my wife, take on my sons."
Biden said, that he didn't care "why someone is a malefactor in society" and that criminals needed to be "away from my mother, your husband, our families." Biden added "we should focus on them now" because "if we don't, they will, or a portion of them, will become the predators 15 years from now."

Biden's 1993 "predator" remarks are similar to comments then made by first lady Hillary Clinton where she warned of "Superpredators" who had "no conscience, no empathy" and who need to be brought "to heel."

Biden Crime Bill

Sen. Joseph Biden was a staunch opponent of school desegregation in the 1970s and leading crusader for mass incarceration in the 1980s and 1990s. Biden described African American felons in the aftermath of the Central Park 5 jogger case as 'predators' too sociopathic to rehabilitate,[12] and white supremacist senators as his friends.

Biden boasts as one of his greatest legislative achievements passage of the 1994 Crime bill which locked up 10% of the Black adult male population of the United States.[13][14]

When President George H.W. Bush asked for a record increase in funding to fight the War on Drugs, Biden told a TV interviewer
"In a nutshell, the President's plan does not include enough police officers to catch the violent thugs, enough prosecutors to convict them, enough judges to sentence them or enough prison cells to put them away for a long time."[15][16]

Biden, Ted Kennedy, and Strom Thurmond worked on proposals that raised maximum penalties, removed a directive requiring the US Sentencing Commission to take into account prison capacity, and created the cabinet-level “drug czar” position. In 1984, they passed the Comprehensive Crime Control Act, which, among other things, abolished parole, imposed a less generous cap on “good time” sentence reductions, and allowed the Sentencing Commission to issue more punitive guidelines.

Biden bragged on the Senate floor that it was under his and Thurmond's leadership that Congress passed a law sending anyone caught with a rock of cocaine the size of a quarter to jail for a minimum of five years - the notoriously racist hundred-to-one sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine. In the same speech Biden took credit for civil asset forfeiture and seizure laws, and demanded to know why Papa Bush hadn't sentenced more drug dealers to life in prison or exercise the death penalty once Congress had given him that power.[17]

Biden's version of a new crime bill added more than forty crimes that would be eligible for the death penalty. Biden boasted “we do everything but hang people for jaywalking.”[18] The NAACP and other groups lobbied against the bill.[19] Although the 1991 crime bill was defeated by Republicans, the 1994 Biden/Clinton crime bill was passed.[20]

By 2001, the United States had the highest rate of incarceration in the world. Human Rights Watch reported that in seven states, African Americans constituted 80 to 90 percent of all drug offenders even though they were no more likely than whites to use or sell illegal drugs. Prison admissions for drug offenses reached a level in 2000 for African Americans more than 26 times the level they had been under Ronald Reagan.[21] Biden's "social planning" had proven effective.

The Leftist Jacobin magazine summed up Biden's record:
"It’s not as if Biden didn’t know what he was doing.... He just didn’t care. Biden had made a calculated decision that the elections he would win were worth the damage he inflicted....
But even if Biden has subsequently learned the error of his ways, the rank cynicism and callousness involved in his two-decade-long championing of carceral policies should be more than enough to give anyone pause about his qualities as a leader, let alone a progressive one."[22]

References

  1. https://fair.org/home/senate-crime-bill-unscrutinized-by-the-press/
  2. The Clintons’ sordid race game: No one will say it, but the Clintons’ rise was premised on repudiating black voters, Corey Robin, Salon, Jan 31, 2016
  3. http://www.blackelectorate.com/articles.asp?ID=320
  4. https://www.thenation.com/article/hillary-clinton-does-not-deserve-black-peoples-votes/
  5. The Clintons’ War on Drugs: When Black Lives Didn’t Matter, By Donna Murch, The New Republic, February 9, 2016
  6. Why Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Deserve the Black Vote, Michelle Alexander, The Nation, February 10, 2016
  7. http://www.prisonpolicy.org/research/incarceration_rates_growth_causes/
  8. https://youtu.be/yu9OH_KfPXA
  9. Hillary Clinton on "Superpredators", Mrs. Clinton Campaign Speech Keene State University, January 25, 1996. youtube.com
  10. http://nation.foxnews.com/2016/09/12/clinton-and-doeplorables-her-comments-about-trump-voters-her-fellow-americans-show-why-she
  11. https://youtu.be/bifsEkjTAc8
  12. https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/07/politics/biden-1993-speech-predators/index.html
  13. https://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/22/us/politics/joe-bidens-role-in-90s-crime-law-could-haunt-any-presidential-bid.html
  14. http://www.prisonpolicy.org/research/incarceration_rates_growth_causes/
  15. http://articles.latimes.com/1989-09-06/news/mn-1646_1_drug-war
  16. http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2018/12/first-step-act-skepticism.html
  17. https://www.c-span.org/video/?18528-1/violent-crime-control-act-1991
  18. The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America, Naomi Murakawa, Oxford University Press, Jul 10, 2014, p. 141.
  19. https://www.nytimes.com/1991/10/27/us/civil-libertarians-go-after-crime-bills.html
  20. The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America, Naomi Murakawa.
  21. Why Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Deserve the Black Vote, Michelle Alexander, The Nation, February 10, 2016
  22. https://www.jacobinmag.com/2018/08/biden-crime-mass-incarceration-police-prisons