Oh Hillary. . .
If you do not know yet on January 11th Hillary Clinton went on the Ellen show once again and learned a new dance, the "dab."
The dab is done by predominantly black artists, actors, and athletes and can be seen being done on "Black Twitter" in the form of gifs or vines. Although, the dab has now become an internet craze and you can see individuals of all races and ethnicities doing the dab.
Let's be honest, the dab was done by black artists first and there's even an argument over who started the dabbing phenemonon within the black community, but that's beside the point at hand.
Hillary Clinton went onto the Ellen show and was taught the dab by one of the DJ's on the Ellen show who has not only had the "honor" of teaching Hillary the dab, but as well as the Whip and Nae Nae when Hillary appeared on the show previously.
The problem is not with Hillary learning to do the dab. Believe me, I have seen a lot of white people on twitter imitating as well as really committing themselves to doing the dab. The problem is this is a presidential candidate who instead of talking about substantial policy that would help the black community as more and more black men and women are dying at the hands of police officers or in custody, this presidential candidate is dabbing on national television.
The problem is that this is a presidential candidate who instead of talking about how black men now constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population. (If you do not believe me here's the link taking you nice fine people to the statistics)
The problem is this is a presidential candidate who has not only been secretary of state, but also the spouse of Bill Clinton. A past president who's campaign focused not only on minority voters, but who also landed the presidency by 83% of black votes and a whooping 61% of hispanic votes (Statistics here)
The problem is this is a presidential candidate who is dabbing on national television on the heels of the Tamir Rice verdict. A case where a 12 year old black boy was shot outside of a recreation center because he was playing with a BB gun. A BB gun that most kids, especially boys, play with but yet in Tamir Rice's case it cost him is life because he is black and in White America black boys are seen as threats before they are ever seen as children.
The problem is this is a presidential candidate who feels that the only way she can connect with black voters is by doing a dance that people do for fun instead of talking about real life issues that affect us on a daily basis. This is not only about the influx of crime against black people since the Mike Brown case because that is not the only thing that affects us. It's the systematic oppression, the way in which white people keep us and our children in food deserts meaning we don't have access to healthy food choices and that probably comes from white people wanting us to die faster. It's the income disparities between blacks and whites that keep us in these neighborhoods not allowing us to move up in hopes of something better. And before someone says, "Oh here another black person goes blaming white people" it's not a matter of me, or black people blaming white people for our problems, it's a matter we know these problems exist and they have always existed, but most white people choose not to acknowledge them. It's okay to acknowledge when bad things have happened and to take accountability for them. Once accountability is taken these problems can be fixed because these problems can then be talked about.
Hillary Clinton is a presidential candidate that is campaigning in the hopes of being the face of the United States and making decisions regarding our country. Yet, if these are the decisions that she is making as a presidential candidate running for office I am not hopeful of what she will do if she is to win office.
But that's it I'm going with Bernie Sanders.