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Bring to heel (Pt. 2)

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#BlackLivesMatter activist Ashley Williams calls out Hillary Clinton on her legacy of mass incarceration of the black community over the past 20 years.
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OKLAHOMA CITY – It was rather synchronistic today when I watched a video of a #BlackLivesMatter activist – Ashley Williams – confront Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a private fundraising event in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday.

The event was recorded by another person as Williams holds a banner which reads “We have to bring them to heel.” Williams and an unidentified cameraperson paid $500 each to attend the fundraiser. She was thrown out by the Secret Service and called “rude” by the mostly white supporters in the room.

Bring to heel? Really? That was the name of a Dust Devil Dreams post I published on April 11, 2014 - "Bring to heel" - where I hit on the fact that that month, at a speaking event in Las Vegas, a protester threw a shoe at Hillary – a heel – and nearly hit her. After it happened, the Clinton-loathing Drudge Report featured the headline “Hill Gets Heel.” But it made me think of the notion of “bringing someone to heel,” or forcing someone to do something. It seemed apropos in light of the protester and Hillary's hostility towards her concerns. So, the fact that the protester in Charleston yesterday was highlighting the quote “Bring them to heel” struck me as particularly synchronistic, in light of this and other Hillary Clinton synchronicities I’ve had over the years.

A wax dummy of Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum in Hot Springs, Arkansas. (Andrew W. Griffin / Red Dirt Report)

As I discovered, the protester’s banner quote had to do with Clinton’s comments made during a speech in 1996 at Keene State College in New Hampshire where she talked about criminal predators, code word for black youth. It was President Bill Clinton’s policies which led to an increase in the mass incarceration that primarily affected black communities.

A link to the video where Clinton says superpredators need to be brought to heel can be viewed here.

“They’re not just gangs of kids anymore,” Clinton said. “They’re often the kinds of kids that are called ‘superpredators,’ no conscience, no empathy … we can talk about why they ended up that way, but first we have to bring them to heel.”

Said Williams to Clinton: “We want you to apologize for mass incarceration. I'm not a super-predator, Hillary Clinton. “

“Okay fine, we’ll talk about it,” Clinton responds tersely.

“Will you apologize to black people for mass incarceration?” asks Williams.

“Well, I can talk, and then maybe you can listen to what I say. Fine. Thank you very much," says Clinton, dismissively.

Williams told The Huffington Post that Clinton wanted to bring her own words back to her to remind the former First Lady and Secretary of State that it was Clinton policies, which Hillary was touting as her husband ran for re-election in 1996, that led to the three-strike federal sentencing laws, the elimination of rehabilitative programs for drug abuse and an emphasis on prison construction, which has been a major part of the destructive legacy on crime. Hillary has been working to distance herself from those past positions and tries to paint herself as a progressive, civil-rights activist.

 “Hillary Clinton has a pattern of throwing the Black community under the bus when it serves her politically," Williams said in a statement before the event. "She called our boys ‘super-predators’ in ’96, then she race-baited when running against Obama in ‘08, now she’s a lifelong civil rights activist. I just want to know which Hillary is running for President, the one from ’96, ’08, or the new Hillary?”

BACK to 2014 ...

Re-reading the "Bring to heel" post, I note how I had a dream about mosquito "drones" and plague viruses and drones taking DNA samples (as noted in my dream revealed in "Oh mi corazon"). This brings to mind the new concerns over the Zika virus and the conspiracy theories raging about Zika being a Gates and Rockefeller-led "bioweapon." I also go into the 1967 Bolivian "Operation Cynthia," which were noted on some documents left by the shoe-throwing Alison Michelle Ernst, a woman loosely linked with "Batman" theater shooter James Holmes.

I then wrote this in a follow-up piece to "Bring to heel," headlined "Cynthia, Tania and Alison." 

“Operation Cynthia,” which was a military effort to flush out Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara and his largely Cuban band of communist rebels operating in the Bolivian countryside. The "Cynthia" in the operation's name was the daughter of one of the Bolivian commanders. 

In my sync article ("Bring to heel"), which I posted on April 11, 2014, I asked why Ms. Ernst was interested in “Operation Cynthia” and what it had to do – if anything - with the former Secretary of State who was in Las Vegas speaking to a group of metal recyclers?

I then suggested that Ernst was perhaps insinuating that Clinton, herself, was a “Tania the Guerilla,” the female revolutionary who befriended (and possibly later betrayed) Guevara’s revolutionary efforts in Bolivia.

And how I tied Clinton to Tamara “Tania” Bunke Bider was the fact that when Patty Hearst was kidnapped, sexually tortured and forced to rob banks for the Symbionese Liberation Army in 1974, Hearst’s SLA name was “Tania,” after Che’s lover and fellow revolutionary. And it was Clinton’s husband, the former President Bill Clinton, who pardoned Hearst in 2001."

A wax dummy of President Bill Clinton at the Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum in Hot Springs, Arkansas. (Andrew W. Griffin / Red Dirt Report)

So, is something else really going on here?

It got me to thinking about Bill Clinton and how his legacy seems even more tarnished now than it did 20 years ago. Hillary can't continue to flee from it because it is history and it is fact. #BlackLivesMatter are right on to continue to hound Hillary as she pretends to be something she is not.

I also thought about last April 19th, when Bill Clinton paid a visit and shared words at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and said he was amazed at how the terrorist action led to growth and rebirth. The phoenix-like rebirth of Oklahoma City after the bombing. Spoken like a criminal returning to the scene of the crime.

“You chose far-sighted love over hatred,” he said. “The whole world needs you now.”

But those words ring hollow coming from a divisive figure like Bill Clinton, who is now pushing his wife to be president. It's a two-for-one deal, y'all. More of the same? Recall that Bernie Sanders was actually in the trenches during the civil-rights struggles of the 1960's, getting arrested in Chicago in the process, while Hillary was a proud "Goldwater girl."

But before those words were spoken, as I watched Clinton on the far side of the reflecting pool at the memorial site, where a bomb blew away the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in 1995, killing 168 people, I thought of the blackbird that landed in the shallow pool directly in front of Clinton. It struck me as symbolic. A sign. I then thought of the Beatles track "Blackbird," the solo song by Paul McCartney where he claims it was about the issue of race relations in the United States. And now, almost a year later, the racial tension is being noted quite strongly and its coming back on the Clintons, a couple who have done much damage to the African-American community, despite the operation afoot doing everything to whitewash their record and pretend otherwise.

"All your life, you were waiting for this moment to be free," sings McCartney on "Blackbird."

#BlackLivesMatter stands by its activist and their efforts to hold people like Clinton to account. Michelle Alexander at The Nation says Hillary Clinton does not deserve the black vote.

"We did this because we wanted to make sure that black people are paying attention to her record, and we want to know what Hillary we are getting," Ashley Williams told The Huffington Post.

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