Elizabeth Warren Recalls a Time When Big Donors May Have Changed Hillary’s Vote

At last night’s Democratic town hall, Hillary Clinton challenged critics who describe her as too close to monied interests to name a time when that cozy relationship influenced her policy decisions.

A tweet from investigative journalist David Sirota reminded us that, in a 2004 interview with Bill Moyers, Elizabeth Warren pointed to a time when donors’ interests may have changed Hillary Clinton’s position.

Warren — at the time a Harvard law professor — recounted how, in the 1990s, she wrote an editorial opposing a proposed piece of legislation tightening bankruptcy laws. Warren explained that it would disproportionately hurt single mothers. Hillary Clinton, at the time the first lady, read the editorial, and asked for a meeting with Warren. The meeting went well; Warren said she “never had a smarter student.” Afterward, Clinton returned to Washington and, according to her biography, persuaded Bill Clinton to veto the legislation.

But when Hillary Clinton was elected to the Senate and another version of the same bill came to the floor, she did an about face:

ELIZABETH WARREN: She voted in favor of it.

BILL MOYERS: Why?

ELIZABETH WARREN: As Senator Clinton, the pressures are very different. It’s a well-financed industry. You know a lot of people don’t realize that the industry that gave the most money to Washington over the past few years was not the oil industry, was not pharmaceuticals. It was consumer credit products. Those are the people. The credit card companies have been giving money, and they have influence.

BILL MOYERS: And Mrs. Clinton was one of them as senator.

ELIZABETH WARREN: She has taken money from the groups, and more to the point, she worries about them as a constituency.

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It took a couple of hours to give a response on Clinton’s challenge. Hillary for President? Are you kidding me?

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The shirt and other “slave” apparel have been removed. The fact that Black history and Black people are trivialized like this shows the lack of respect Black people had to endure for far too long. #Hate it!

I am NOT proud of being white.

After extensive research into what “white” means, legally, historically, pretty much all around I have a much different relationship with that word. I am proud of my French, Italian and Germanic heritage. I am proud of the skin that holds me together. I am not ashamed of what color that skin is, by any means. But I am ashamed of what people with my skin color, motivated by greed and power and hatred, attempted to do by sectioning the world off into white and non-white groupings; humans and lesser beings.

There’s a lot of history that isn’t discussed when it comes to America and the way that that word has been and still is used to aide classism, racism, and oppressive structures that operate against anyone who doesn’t fit into that world. I still believe that more of that oppression has to do with classism and money in our modern world, but there is a racist tone to it that benefits anyone that can easily be placed into the roped off grouping of “white”. Our privilege is being placed into the favorable grouping of “white” simply because we look a certain way; whether we feel the benefits of any other privilege associated with that or not we automatically are perceived as “white” and are therefore more “favorable” in a lot of ways and to a lot of power structures.

Let me be clear - this post isn’t made in recant of my original post - I stand by my message. Love your skin - be proud of your heritage, encourage others to do the same… but I was very, very wrong by labeling that heritage “white” and claiming I was proud of it in that way. I am not proud that the cultures and heritages that I am a product of were a part of very real attempt to segregate the world into distinct classes of people and determine their worth as humans based on those classes. I do not feel shame for my skin, but I am ashamed of what people with similar skin have done throughout history.

I know this is not a message a lot of you want to hear from me, but I have faith in the people that I follow and who follow me that we are not like the social justice warriors who make sweeping generalizations and ask questions later. If this confuses you or concerns you, talk to me. Ask me what I mean. Ask me what I think or what I feel. Don’t read this as a shifting of who I am, because it’s not. My interest has always and will always be in fairness and equality.

This is merely me openly admitting and correcting a problem with my post that I now realize I made. It was an unintentional problem, but a problem none-the-less and it makes sense to me now where it didn’t before. I’m not making this post because I’ve been brainwashed or “recruited” - but because I’ve educated myself on parts of my history that have made me look at the term “white” differently. I have no pride in that word or it’s history when associated with people.

Please understand what I’m saying and think about it before responding or reacting negatively.

NYPD Cop Wins $15M After Fellow Cops Falsely Arrested & Beat Him at His Daughter’s Birthday

After suing his fellow officers for savagely beating and falsely arresting him at his daughter’s birthday party, an NYPD cop was awarded $15 million by a federal jury on Wednesday. Although he identified himself as an officer, his colleagues viciously struck him with batons and fired pepper spray into his face before bothering to check the badge and ID in his pocket.

On August 22, 2010, NYPD Officer Larry Jackson was off-duty at his daughter’s birthday party in Queens when an unidentified man with a gun appeared in the street breaking a bottle. Although Jackson did not have his gun with him, the off-duty cop confronted the armed man and asked him to leave while Jackson’s wife called 911. As Jackson attempted to calm down the armed man, a crowd of roughly 15 to 20 men armed with bats and sticks began to approach them.

Instead of attacking Jackson or the armed man, the crowd immediately dispersed as a marked patrol car arrived in front of Jackson’s house. Even though Jackson’s wife told dispatchers that her husband was a cop and Jackson immediately identified himself as a fellow officer, the cops ignored him while trying to assess the situation. Hearing an argument from inside Jackson’s home, one of the officers suddenly ran into his house without a search warrant.

After striking one of Jackson’s friends with a police baton, the officer ordered Jackson to step back. Standing his ground, Jackson again identified himself as a cop and informed the officer that they were in his house. Instead of requesting to see Jackson’s police ID or badge, the officer slammed the baton against Jackson’s throat and shoved him into the living room.

While repeatedly punching Jackson in the face, the officer accidentally tripped over a cooler leftover from the birthday party. As Jackson attempted to help the officer up, another cop placed Jackson in a chokehold. Unable to speak, Jackson tried to pull his police ID out of his pocket but another officer restrained his hands.

Falling backwards, Jackson and the cop choking him landed on Jackson’s 82-year-old mother-in-law, briefly knocking her unconscious. As the officer released his chokehold, Jackson again informed the cops that he was an NYPD officer when another cop struck him in the head with an ASP tactical baton. After stumbling down the front steps, Jackson remained on the ground as a group of bloodthirsty officers began beating him with their batons and pepper-spraying him in the face. While placing him in handcuffs, the cops repeatedly kicked his body and kneed him in the back.

Following the brutal assault, the officer who initially attacked Jackson asked him, “Yeah, you motherfucking dirt bag, if you are really a cop, where is your ID?”

“My ID has been in my front pocket the whole entire time,” Jackson responded. “I told you that in the house.”

After finally checking his pockets, the crowd of cops immediately dispersed upon the realization that they just brutalized one of their own without justification. Despite the fact that he had his police ID and did not commit a crime, Jackson was detained at the police station for 20 hours before being transported to a local hospital. According to his medical records, Jackson’s face and torso were covered in large bruises while his right hand was fractured due to numerous baton strikes.

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The story shows the lack of trust to black people, the stupidity and recklessness of police and finally the lack of justice. NYPD Officer Larry Jackson got $15 million (!) while families of other victims of police are still fighting for compensations or receiving lower amounts of money. That’s America!

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Interview: Nzingha Prescod Is America's Leading Black Fencer  - Saint Heron
A now Columbia graduate and prepping for her second run at the Olympics in Rio next year, the 23 year old is breaking down race and class barriers in the game and advancing her way into stardom as a pop culture icon being featured in Glamour’s Top 10 College Women, along with features in both Nylon and Ebony Magazines.

In a world where Black women are almost always faced with prejudices of colorism or sexism through their career development lives Brooklynite and Olympian fencer Nzingha Prescodwho at a tender age beat all of the odds. For the past 14 years she has been claiming her spot on the throne as the Princess of the elite in the art and sport of fencing.

A Virginia transit company is honoring  Rosa Parks on her 103rd birthday by reserving a front seat for her on every single one of its buses

Ms. Parks is most well-known for her act of defiance on a Montgomery, AL bus on December 1, 1955 that changed the course of history. On that date, Ms. Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger. She was arrested and fined. Four days later, in response to Ms. Parks’ arrest, a year-long bus boycott began. It ended when the Supreme Court ruled that segregation on public transportation was illegal. #Love it!

Ms. Parks, the “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement,” will be honored by GRTC in a fitting tribute by reserving the first passenger seat on every GRTC bus on her birthday Thursday, February 4, 2016. Each of these seats will have a commemorative sign displayed on them, honoring both Ms. Parks’ legacy and her dedication to the Civil Rights Movement.

GRTC is also honoring local Black History-Makers each week during Black History Month. The following names will be displayed on bus destination header signs in February:

First Week:                 “GRTC Honors Arthur Ashe”
Second Week:            “GRTC Honors Bill Bojangles Robinson”
Third Week:                “GRTC Honors Douglas Wilder”
Fourth Week:              “GRTC Honors Blair Underwood”