It seems like you can't go anywhere these days without wading into some form of racism or something that fights racism (even if it's disbelief on Twitter). While it's anger-inducing to read about racism against blacks by the police, (for example) it's gratifying to know there's someone with a smartphone filming the latest injustice done to black citizens by police. Some of that is distilled in this Hell-on-Earth election, where Donald Trump started his campaign making disgusting comments about Mexicans, while Hillary Clinton puts in a lot of effort to show that she's against racism.
Of course, that's old news by now in regards to the election: frankly, and rightfully so, we're more appalled by the numerous accounts of Trump's behavior that's too disgusting to describe but will provide links to. And at this point, it's a foregone conclusion: unless if there's some act of Satan that turns everything on its head, Clinton will become our next President. But there's an inconvenient truth that we need to reckon with: Hillary Clinton is actually very racist.
Now, I know that the army of Hillary supporters would love to drown me with stories of Hillary's history with the Black and Latino communities in the United States. Well, apart from the instances where she actually used racism herself (like the infamous "superpredator" comment she made in the tough-on-crime 90s, which she only apologized for after being confronted about it years later), she's very racist for reasons in the United States that need to be addressed in depth.
One perfect example is fracking. She still supports it, as evidenced on one of the pages of her campaign website. However, evidence has shown that in California (one of the places where fracking takes place without specific regulations about how far they need to operate from places such as schools), fracking disproportionately affect schools and school districts with a greater percentage of minority students. Yes, practices like this is racism because it devalues the lives of other people enough to go through with them without caring about how they affect these people, in this case people of color. If Hillary wants to show that she still supports fracking, even with all her proposed regulations (space regulations from places like schools curiously not being one of them), she also needs to be explicitly clear about how she will make sure that fracking won't disproportionately affect, say, minority schoolchildren. If she doesn't, then we need to reckon with the fact that either she can't articulate this or she just doesn't care enough.
However, if we're going to talk about devaluing the lives of people of color, perhaps nothing compares to what Hillary Clinton has done to people in other countries. I've made this comment before, and I'll say it again: racism against people in other countries is still racism. On that front, when it comes to Hillary Clinton, the evidence is damning.
Three of the most prominent examples of Clinton's racism outside of the U.S. happened when she was Secretary of State. The first big one was Honduras. In 2009, Honduras underwent a coup against Manuel Zelaya, their democratically-elected President. However, instead of condemning the coup unequivocally, it appears that Clinton didn't want Zelaya returned to power. Her later actions regarding the coup have been complex but less than inspiring. Whatever role she played, the results of the coup have been horrifying. The country gernered the unenviable distinction of having the highest murder rate of any country in the world, but murders of LGBT people and women are particularly prominent. The last two are also deeply ironic, given that Clinton presents herself as being a champion for the rights of women and LGBT people. Her actions concerning Honduras amount to racism because she didn't take a committed stand against the coup in a Latin American country, and the results have been extremely violent. If Clinton really cares about fighting racism and such, why doesn't she condemn the coup? Her role in this event is disgraceful
Then, came the tragic circumstances involving Haiti. It turns out that when Haiti had an election when Clinton was Secretary of State, the U.S. interfered. In another twist dripping with irony, Haiti could've had their first woman president in Mirlande Manigat, who was also a first lady. However, as it panned out, the election got intense after the results showed that a musician named Michel Martelly, better known as Sweet Micky, just missed out on being in the runoff against Manigat. Exit polls showed a different reality, with Sweet Micky being ahead of Jude Célestin, who was the candidate of the incumbent party at the time. Clinton took the low road by raising the possibility (or threat, depending on how you look at it) of having aid cut to Haiti because of the election results. (By the way, when measuring by GDP, Haiti is in the bottom third, and this is the same country that also just had a devastating earthquake.) Despite the accusations of corruption, the threat of cutting aid to Haiti because of their election results is a slap in the face to the idea of democracy. The same country that's the only country to arise after a successful slave revolt, a country that's overwhelmingly Black. In other words, Clinton's actions were both anti-democratic and racist.
Lastly, we have to talk about Libya. The New York Times published a long-read story about Clinton's role in Libya, and other news sources talked about how the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi, instead of creating a new government, instead disintegrated and created room for terrorist groups like Daesh. There were a lot of criticisms against the attack on Libya, and her response to Libya is striking compared to her response to (as an example) Egypt with Hosni Mubarak. Of course, with Libya, there's perhaps one thing everyone associates with her now. Which is unfortunate, because as at least one commentator has noticed, she has a lot of involvement with Libya, and she shouldn't get away with it. It's her responsibility, and writing Libya off (a country in North Africa) is a profound act of racism.
I could go on. Her behavior in the Middle East, from Iraq (which she still hasn't fully apologized for because saying something is a mistake is different from actually saying the words "I'm sorry") to Syria (where it looks like she'll be more aggressive than Obama has been), is nothing short of stunning. One of Clinton's go-to lines regarding Donald Trump has been her dig about being baited with a tweet and connecting that with nuclear weapons. But her conduct that she has shown with foreign policy shouldn't escape scrutiny.
That's where Hillary Clinton shows herself to be a hypocrite of the highest order. Her devaluing the lives of people in other countries (notably ones with Brown and Black people) comes to also undercut her commitment to other issues. LGBT rights? The aftermath of the coup in Honduras saw an increase of murders of LGBT activists, yet she won't even call the coup for what it is, and somehow presents herself as an ally. Fighting terrorism? After deposing a dictator (who was, I'll say it again, sexually assaulted), the country fell into chaos, even giving rise to factions of Daesh, yet Clinton will probably forever waiver guilt about anything in Libya because of the overreaction with Benghazi. Integrity with democratic elections? This one is probably my favorite. With all the hysteria focused on how Russia might influence the election through hacking, and Trump's toying with not conceding if he loses, the fact that Clinton LITERALLY FLOATED THE POSSIBILITY/THREAT OF CUTTING AID FROM HAITI should be shoved in her face every time she utters something about democracy, Russia or Trump. She has literally no excuse to pontificate about the integrity of elections because of Haiti and Honduras.
The next time you hear Clinton talk about racism, keep her foreign policy in mind. This is why a Clinton presidency shouldn't be accepted at face value: if her treatment of people in other countries is any indication, we have to fight her every waking moment, and some of that will involve calling her a racist. Happy voting!