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Bill Clinton and Black America Hardcover – Jan 15 2002


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: One World/Ballantine (Jan. 15 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345450329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345450326
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.5 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,501,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. A. Carroll on Jan. 26 2004
Format: Hardcover
The first time I knew I'd made a wise choice by voting for Bill Clinton was while viewing news footage taken of him the first few days he took office for his first term. He was walking with some aides around the White House and two elderly African American women waved and smiled to him. He walked over to them and began talking. Just then an aide stepped between Clinton and the two women with his back to the two elderly women. Clinton became furious and part of what he said to the aide had to be bleeped out to be shown on television. The footage was meant to show the temper of a new president. What I saw was a president rightfully ticked at a staff member for disrespecting two elderly African Americans. I remember thinking "d**n, Clinton gets it". To better understand why black america loves Clinton (besides hiring more blacks in his cabinet than any other president, balancing the budget and starting and supporting job and education programs), I would recommend that you read "Invisible Man". With Clinton, for a change, we weren't invisible, we mattered and weren't taken for granted. He didn't say dumb things like "It is a terrible thing to lose one's mind" at a United Negro College Fund function or assume that welfare benefit increases was an important issue to African Americans (we work!). He had a respect for the history and the people that had never been seen before or perhaps since ( I once saw him unexpectedly be asked to recite the Negro National Anthem. He recited the first two verses without struggle and then sang the THIRD!). For the first time, I had a feeling of safety.Read more ›
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While I began this book believing that African Americans are too inclined to support any white leader who isn't blatantly racist, I ended by at least acknowledging that President Clinton went further than previous presidents in adressing the complexities of race. It's a credit to the author that he presented a balanced view of a complex subject and represented a broad and diverse group of thoughtful individuals. This book makes you think. I highly recommend it.
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While I began this book believing that African Americans are too inclined to support any white leader who isn't blatantly racist, I ended by at least acknowledging that President Clinton went further than previous presidents in adressing the complexities of race. It's a credit to the author that he presented a balanced view of a complex subject and represented a broad and diverse group of thoughtful individuals. This book makes you think. I highly recommend it.
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While there may be countless books written about the lives of presidents from an historical perspective, "Bill Clinton and Black America" is a fresh look at the life of a president from the very mouths of his contemporaries.
Interviews with people from all walks of life give the reader an up close and personal look at Bill Clinton -- the man. It's candid, compassionate and real. Excellent read!
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Clinton had a lot of potential. He is a brilliant man, a Rhodes scholar. He has a charming personality and an incredible memory. However, Clinton betrayed American in many important ways. He loosened restrictions on nuclear missile guidance systems, satellite technology and anti-satellite technology such that China and Russia now have the ability to destroy the defense systems of the USA. Clinton did this in exchange for campaign contributions from the Chinese as well as from companies such as Lorad and Hughes. For more info on this topic one can read Betrayal by Bill Gertz of the Washington Post. During Clinton's tenure, American morality has reached new lows. He removed restrictions against the pornography industry such that porn is readily delivered into American homes with cable and satellite TV. He pardoned cocaine dealers in exchange for payoffs. He pardoned the FALN Peurto Rican terrorists who killed people with bombs. He did not respond to the earlier bombing of the WTC by Bin Laden. He did respond to the bombing of the USS Cole. He did not pursue the connections of Timothy Mcveigh to Bin Laden in the Phillipines. He denied the US Army Rangers and Delta Force tank support and gunship support in Mogadishu such that 18 Americans were killed. Then he ran out of Mogadishu when a marine was dragged thru the streets. This sent the wrong message to terrorists. The implication was that Clinton was not willing to commit significant military strength and that he would run if any American casualties occured or there was the potential bad publicity for him. He lowered the dignity of the office of the American Presidency by having a sexual affair with a Monica Lewinsky while he was being investigated for sexual abuse of Paula Jones, Gennefer Flowers and Katherine Wylie.Read more ›
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Before reading interviews of various folk who comment on te love affair between former President Bill Clinton and black America, I suggest first reading the two chapters near the end of the book, "A Race Man in the White House" and "A Drum Major for Change." In these two chapters, Wickham puts his finger on a simple but important fact about Clinton when he writes that rather then distance himself from the black community he made an effort to bring the races together and "he tried harder than any other president to make race less of a factor in our lives.
Moreover, Wickham writes: "What impresses me about Bill Clinton is that he does not view black skin as a 'disagreeable mirror.' More to the point, he has shown a greater willingness than any other president to look African Amercans in the eye not with condescension, as Lew Payne points out, but with an uncommon sense of fairness."
In his 310-page book, Wickham makes it clear that Clinton did not use magic to woe black America. He appointed an unprecedented number of African Americans to top jobs in his administration and he tackled America's racial problems head on. And while the Republicans attacked affirmative action, Clinton promoted a "One America" initiative to help build a bridge of understanding between whites and blacks.
The book is loaded with interviews with a cross-section of black America. Over and over again, the same theme is sounded: Bill Clinton was well liked because he made the connection that other presidents ignored. Clinton made the connection that past president did not make because of racism or ignorance.
Wickham has weaved together a number of interesting interviews of African Americans of different walks of life in a way that make this book easy reading. I recommend this book to all students of history and those who want racial progress.
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