They’re just learing about their hero now?
Liberals are aghast over an excerpt from Hillary Clinton’s 1996 bestseller book, “It Takes A Village,” about the Clintons using black prisoners to work in the Arkansas governor’s mansion when husband Bill was governor.
…a practice that brought to mind “slave labor” for social media users.
“When we moved in, I was told that using prison labor at the governor’s mansion was a longstanding tradition, which kept down costs,” Clinton wrote.
She went on to describe a strange affinity for convicted “onetime” murderers, saying that the family became friendly with “a few of them, African-American men in their thirties who had already served 12 to 18 years of their sentences.”
Not that the Clintons weren’t quick to repreminand when needed.
“We enforced rules strictly and sent back to prison any inmate who broke a rule,” she added.
The passage was first tweeted by Jeanette Jing, an activist who supported Clinton’s Democratic opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders:
…and did Jing ever hear about it for drawing attention to the practice, as she shared in the following tweets:
The passage, though written more than 20 years ago, prompted a fierce backlash on social media, with much of it coming from fellow liberals.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
"Cost free labor" is rebranded slavery https://t.co/HELVzgmBfh
— koush (@koush) June 6, 2017
And this is the Clinton that many Black people endorsed for POTUS. A damn slave owner. https://t.co/k50SZbrGE2
— B (@BlakeDontCrack) June 7, 2017
Hillary Clinton accepting modern-day slave institutions because the inmates there were some of "the good ones," is disgusting. https://t.co/3g4LH2sB2A
— read “All About Love” by Bell Hooks (@queseryto) June 6, 2017
Kind of remarkable that this didn't come up last year. Unless it did and we've all forgotten about it amid Trump news overload? https://t.co/4kZlvbWl5i
— Josh Nathan-Kazis (@joshnathankazis) June 6, 2017
— Jenna Jameson (@jennajameson) June 7, 2017
lol hillary literally owned slaves. hope y'all had fun trying to make her seem cute and relatable https://t.co/DSIe7cKs8O
— Mira Gonzalez (@miragonz) June 6, 2017
— #RIPBassemMasri 🙏 (@Delo_Taylor) June 7, 2017
I feel like Bill Maher and Hillary had the same name for them. https://t.co/yRSTEBYKyk
— I Am Leah (@Bossy_Leah) June 8, 2017
How could she say these things? How did so many people read this and say nothing? How did the media miss/ignore this the entire election?
— Samuel Sinyangwe (@samswey) June 6, 2017
if you do a job you didn’t ask for or choose and are not paid for it and you can’t quit, is that not modern slavery?
— The Pee Tape Israel (@notveryraven) June 7, 2017
“We became friendly with a few of them” pic.twitter.com/ylowUIwQ9m
— Eoin Higgins (@EoinHiggins_) June 6, 2017
I think she meant to say, “We brought them to heel.”
— Louis Flores (@maslowsneeds) June 6, 2017
If she learned anything she would have said: “OK no more prison labor, or prisons, these are humans, you can’t enslave them.”
— Michael (@OmanReagan) June 7, 2017
WTF? Her reluctance seems to be solely a safety concern, not the morality of using prison labor.
— Benj Pocta (@benjpocta) June 6, 2017
Umm sounds like she had slaves?
— James P (@StuckTag) June 6, 2017
Literally slave labor
— koush (@koush) June 6, 2017
- Restaurant’s entire staff quits en masse, leaves note on door; management disputes claims - September 17, 2021
- Three Texas tourists arrested for allegedly attacking NYC hostess who asked for vaccine ID - September 17, 2021
- 80’s bombshell Heather Locklear to make TV comeback with new look - September 17, 2021