Charlamagne, let’s talk for a minute.
First let’s start off with a few background points. I’m a huge fan of yours. I’ve been listening to you since I lived in NY and the Breakfast Club’s morning slot really made my drive into school each day a lot more enjoyable. I’ve always admired your cavalier attitude when it comes to saying whatever you want to whomever you want. From rap legends to record label CEO’s, you have dished out and been dealt some serious blows over the years for expressing your much needed contrarian point of view. Self-anointed as the “Radio Guy”, you shoulder the burden of going places few will go, no matter how uncomfortable an interview will get or how dangerous it can make a walk to the radio station doors every morning.
When you confronted Onyx, I was with you.
When Birdman made you put some “Respeck” on it, I was with you.
When you took on Tomi Lahren on her show and stood up for the legacy of Malcolm X and the Panthers, I was with you.
So pardon my disbelief, when I read in a CNN interview that you’ll be physically pulling the lever for Hillary Clinton. Now before we hash this out, I want you to know that I share your disdain for Donald Trump. The man is an economic illiterate complete with an abhorrent character and a divisive rhetoric that is toxic to everything he touches. He in no way, shape, or form should be president. It’s time to realize, however, there is an equally, if not more destructive force on the other side of the aisle. That this election presents us with a chance to buck the system and feel good about it. The snake in the grass can be more dangerous than the snake on the concrete.
BUT HOLD UP. And please for the sake of all your followers and the millions of people you reach every day, hear me out.
Simply put, you’re either selling out, or you’re misinformed. Allow me to attempt to shed some light.
First off, you said in the interview that you believed Barack Obama has been a “phenomenal president and we just want somebody to keep his legacy going.”
Now everybody from Louis Farrakhan to Dr. Umar Johnson has recognized that Obama has been a puppet of corporate America, leaving the American people, and especially black Americans out to dry.
Don’t believe me? Let’s look at the math. During the Obama presidency:
• 25% of black households live below the poverty line as compared to 8% for white households.
• One out of three black children lives in poverty.
• Black unemployment went from 12.7% at the start of his term in 2008 to 16.8% in 2011. And today remains the highest of any ethnic group and is dropping the slowest. For blacks aged 16-19 unemployment grew from 35.3% to 36.8%
• Blacks earn $13,000 less per year than their white counterparts.
• The unemployment rate of African Americans has consistently been twice as high as for whites over the last 50 years.
• The poverty rate of black Americans has risen from 25.88% to 27.2 %.
• The income rate of black Americans has decreased from $34,880 to $33,321.
• The number of black Americans on welfare rose from just over 7 million to just under 11 million.
Men lie, women lie, numbers don’t. But I’ll let it slide. You probably haven’t done much research.
Your career took off during Obama’s administration, so I can see where the confusion likely set in. However, it’s not hard to see blacks in inner city America that are definitely feeling the effects.
So now fast forward to Hillary Clinton. You really had the audacity to call this woman a “good person”? Let’s take a walk down her track record with the black community. If we’re being completely honest, the only reason she is getting any sort of credibility with black people is because Bill Clinton played the Saxophone on Arsenio in ’92. He was championed as “America’s First Black President” and had the rhetoric to win over the Black and Latino vote in droves. But again, politicians have an uncanny ability to fool us.
Don’t believe me? Let’s look at the math:
• Bill Clinton presided over the largest increase in Federal and State prison inmates in American history. When he left office, America led the world in incarceration of citizens per capita.
• Bill Clinton reignited the War on Drugs in a way that made Republicans blush. Blacks made up the majority of offenders under heightened restrictions.
• Bill Clinton signed a $30 billion crime bill that created scores of new crimes, mandated life sentences for drugs, and expanded and militarized police forces.
Men lie, women lie, numbers don’t. But I’ll let it slide. You probably haven’t done the research.
You’re probably asking yourself, “Well yeah, but what does Bill’s record have to do with Hillary’s?” Well I’m glad you asked Lenard.
Again, let’s look at history…and the math:
• Hillary was the Lebron of first ladies. In other words, she redefined the game. Nobody had ever seen a 5 foot 7, 130 lbs. pant suit wearing white woman who commanded charge on the national scene the way she did. As you know, she vehemently supported the 1994 crime bill that used race as an excuse to target black youth. She dehumanized the inner cities and referred to black kids as “super predators”. The black community is still heavily feeling the effects of that legislation and rekindling of the divisive flame that came to light.
• •Hillary Clinton was also one of the largest proponents of the Aid to Families With Dependent Children Act. She has called it a success as recently as 2008. The ‘extreme poverty’ rate (households were people make no more than $2 per day) doubled to 1.5 million in the 17 years since the bill was passed.
• Hillary had a huge hand in the administration change in the funnel of funds devoted to the urban poor. Originally devoted to public housing and child welfare the funds went straight into the hands of the prison industrial complex. Public Housing funds went down 61 percent and the budget for corrections went up 171%. She championed eliminating grants for prisoners seeking college education and supported a lifetime ban on any welfare for anyone convicted of a felony drug delinquency.
• By the end of the Hillary-Bill administration, more than 50% of blacks in the inner city areas of America had criminal records and were now subject to discrimination in employment, housing, education, and basic entitlements.
Men lie, women lie, numbers don’t. But I’ll let it slide. You probably haven’t done the research.
Notice how I have not once talked about the 33,000 emails that have mysteriously been wiped from her server, that as the WikiLeaks keep coming out, render themselves more and more criminal. Notice how I have not once mentioned that her net worth is $45 million despite working as a “public servant” for the majority of her adult life. Notice how I have not mentioned that she left our military men out to dry in Benghazi to be brutally beaten and murdered. Notice how I have not mentioned her affinity for using drones to slaughter thousands of innocent men, women, and children throughout the Middle East. And notice how I have not mentioned the dozens of tyrannical, if not genocidal, world leaders she has considered friends. (King Abdullah and her go back like car seats and spinal cords).
I haven’t mentioned them because you don’t need me to inform you. You can turn on any mainstream media outlet and watch it on a loop. The point of this letter is to awaken that sense that she’s not someone you trust even remotely, the sense that’s already there. To put it lightly, Hillary Clinton does not care about black people. To put it harshly, the Clintons are the epitome of everything Brother Malcolm warned us about when speaking about the Democratic Party,
“You put them first and they put you last. ‘Cause you’re a chump. A political chump!…Any time you throw your weight behind a political party that controls two-thirds of the government, and that party can’t keep the promise that it made to you during election time, and you are dumb enough to walk around continuing to identify yourself with that party, you’re not only a chump but you’re a traitor to your race.”
By supporting the Democratic Party, you’re joining the 95% of black people in which the Democratic Party has in their pocket. Why listen to the voice of the black community when every election, you line up in rank and file and support the new aged master class? Ask yourself this, would Malcolm vote for Hillary Clinton?
Echoing, Malcolm, Stephen A. Smith had this to say about the current state of politics in America, “What I dream is that for one election, just one, every black person in America vote Republican….Black folks in America are telling one party, ‘We don’t give a damn about you.’ They’re telling the other party, ‘You’ve got our vote.’ Therefore, you have labeled yourself ‘disenfranchised’ because one party knows they’ve got you under their thumb. The other party knows they’ll never get you and nobody comes to address your interest.”
Now, I’m not calling on you to vote Republican, but I understand Stephen’s point. The time is now to choose a side, Charlamagne. If you want to endeavor over into the desert of politics, the blood will be on your hands when you lead your people astray. Picking the lesser of two evils is not enough. Either you’re a leader or a follower. Either you’re a beacon of knowledge and someone the black community can lean on, or you’re just another loud mouth entertainer voicing their uninformed opinion for a 5 second time slot on TMZ.
So to finish, what would a good criticism be without advice? Well for starters, I would speak on a more in depth level with your friend Kennedy. Learn about the history and ideas of libertarianism and free market economics. Learn how impoverished communities were able time and time again to lift themselves up by ridding their communities of government regulation and violent control of politicians like Hillary Rodham Clinton. Reconnect with the progenitors of the movement to free the black community economically as well as culturally and politically. Read Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams. Watch Larry Elder, InfoWars, ReasonTV and discover alternative news sources. Listen to the revolutionary and uncompromising words of Malcolm X, Nat Turner, Huey Newton, and Marcus Garvey. It’s your turn to pick a lane. Are you someone we can count on, or are you a chump?
For more on the topic, please read Eric July’s piece Considering History, African-American Libertarianism Should Not Be Surprising