Black People Politics : Black women and Hillary

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Under the Clintons, probably more AAs have been hired and placed in prominent positions than any other president in the history of the US. I have no reason to doubt that this track record would not continue if Hillary is elected POTUS. It's unfortunate, however, that they've had to endure one of the most transparently scandalous administrations in recent political history, but regardless, there are many Black women who are choosing to overlook the mud slinging and forge ahead supporting their candidate. Here are just a few.

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Cheryl D. Mills (born 1965[1][2]) is an American lawyer, administrator, and corporate executive. She first came into public prominence while serving as deputy White House Counsel for President Bill Clinton, whom she defended during his 1999 impeachment trial. She has worked for New York University as Senior Vice President,[3] served as Senior Adviser and Counsel for Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign,[4] and is considered a member of Hillary Clinton's group of core advisers, self-designated as "Hillaryland".[4] She served as Counselor and Chief of Staff to Hillary Clinton during her whole tenure as United States Secretary of State.[5] After leaving the State Department in January, 2013, she founded BlackIvy Group, which builds businesses in Africa.

On September 3, 2015, she testified before the House Select Committee on Benghazi regarding her and former Secretary Clinton's actions and role during the 2012 Benghazi attack, although as she did not then hold a security clearance, her answers may have been somewhat limited for that reason.[6]

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Loretta Elizabeth Lynch is the 83rd and current Attorney General of the United States, having previously served as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

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LaDavia Drane, (right) Hillary Clinton's Director of African American outreach, stands with Alexis Herman (left), former Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton.

"Hillary Clinton has been fighting for African American women and girls her entire career - and she's not going to stop now," LaDavia Drane, Director of African American Outreach for the Clinton campaign, said in a statement.

The political world raised a collective, knowing eyebrow when Hillary Rodham Clinton announced that LaDavia Drane, the former executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus, was signing on to be Clinton's director of African-American outreach. The announcement came this past May and since then Drane clearly has been making good on that title.

Drane demurely says she cannot and will not take sole credit for Clinton's African-American connections. She is, after all, a former Secretary of State and senator who is married to a former president. Yet, Drane was still brought on board, and according to campaign insiders, offers valuable insight for their cause. But how exactly did Drane get here?

Diversity work has comprised the bulk of Drane's life resume, from her time as a top student at a Cleveland Catholic high school to her work on student government as secretary of diverse affairs at Miami University in Ohio to her decision to help with then Senator Barack Obama's campaign to now.

Some of the black women leaders who endorsed Clinton include, actress Angela Bassett; Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, who was killed by police in New York; actress Vivica Fox; Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in Florida; Alexis Herman, former Secretary of Labor; Alice Huffman, an NAACP board member; Shonda Rhimes, Executive Producer of the hit television show "Scandal"; actress Holly Robinson-Peete; and Democrats Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington D.C.; Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas; Rep. Maxine Waters of California; and Rep. Donna Edwards of Maryland.

Source: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/clinton-gains-support-170-african-american-women-leaders-n510846

But still, there's a serious question that looms in the minds of some Black women about Hillary as it relates to her true commitment to Black women in their struggle for social justice.

What Hillary Clinton's Historic Nomination Means for Black Women in America

It’s not just about a glass ceiling.


No matter the outcome of the presidential election in November, history will remember
Hillary Clinton as the first woman to get to the top of a ticket for a major party. It is a tremendous feat.

In Philadelphia last week, the Democratic National Convention was a celebration of her achievement. The party’s most well-liked and well-respected faces gathered to laud the former Secretary of State’s credentials and commitment.

When she addressed the nation on Thursday night, she made sure to underscore what her victory meant to girls and women in the United States.

“When any barrier falls in America,” she proclaimed before a rapt crowd. “It clears the way for everyone.”

"This was her time to continue the journey that was halted in 2008 by then-Senator Barack Obama. After dropping out of the presidential race, Clinton told the world that 18 million cracks had been put into the mythic glass ceiling that has long stunted women’s achievement. She was referring to the number of votes she received in primaries."

"As she accepted the nomination at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Clinton reflected on finally succeeding in breaking through. “When there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit,” she declared, capturing the optimism of American Exceptionalism."

"But while Clinton’s win has been billed as a watershed moment for all women in the United States, questions persist about for whom her rise signals change."
 

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