Not unfamiliar with controversy, former Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton has now found herself under fire for the use of Black prison workers during her time as first Lady of Arkansas. In excerpts from her 1996 book “It Takes A Village” she recalls her time living at the Arkansas governor’s mansion, citing for the upkeep of the home, as with “longstanding tradition” as well as to cut costs, they used Black prison workers has the help.

As reported by The Grio:

“When we moved in, I was told that using prison labor at the governor’s mansion was a longstanding tradition, which kept down costs,” Clinton recalled in the book, going on to say that she was friendly with “a few of them, African-American men in their thirties who had already served 12 to 18 years of their sentences.”

Like a modern slave master, she eluded to doing these inmates a favour, even suggesting friendships were made. She noted how she was surprised that the inmates were not imbecilic with low IQ. How every generous of her. It was clear as who was in power and who was subservient as those who stepped out of like where quickly reprimanded.

Despite this alleged friendship, though, “We enforced rules strictly and sent back to prison any inmate who broke a rule.”
She later wrote that although the men did not have “inferior IQs or an inability to apply moral reasoning,” she felt that they were “emotional illiterates.”
The excerpts were posted online by Jeanette Jing, an activist with over 33,000 followers on Twitter, who wrote that “Hillary Clinton was a direct participant in what @samswey correctly described as modern slavery.”
Her comments pointed to a string of tweets posted by Samuel Sinyangwe speaking to his experience with the Louisiana legislature watching Black inmates working for white lawmakers for free. Those same lawmakers, he noted, were the ones who enacted laws that were tougher on crime and prisoners, in a state with the world’s highest incarceration rate.

What are your thoughts about the Clinton’s use of prison labor during their time at the Arkansas governor’s mansion? In your opinion does the use prison labor  being a “longstanding tradition” excuse their use of modern day slavery? Share your thought in the comments below.

(Article By Tasha Sharifa)

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