Black History Month 2022

1995 1996 1997

41 George H. W. Bush | 42 William J. Clinton | 43 George W. Bush

Affirmative Action Mass Incarceration

January 28, 1996
Hillary Clinton Called Americans Super Predators

Keene, New Hampshire - Hillary Clinton, then First Lady, called American youth, super predators. The comment was made with regard to drugs and crime. Clinton stated a new Crime Law had passed in 1994. She said the effort was anti-crime, anti-drugs, and anti-gang.

All of Clinton's comments were made against black people. Since Nixon, crime fighting meant sending more police at black people. Fighting drugs meant more jail for black people. Fighting gangs meant using black youth as targets.

After decades of policy to link crime, gangs, and drugs with black youth, Clinton made the connections in one address.

To this day, these comments have followed her.


Hillary Clinton Super Predators


February 8, 1996
President Clinton Signed Telecommunictations Act of 1996

Washington, D. C. - President William J. Clinton signed the Telecommunications Act of 1996 into law. It went into effect the moment it was signed. Over the next ten years, this law that destroyed black mass media stations across the country.

Before this law, there were black radio stations across the country. The previous law, the Telecommunications Act of 1934, made it hard for large, white companies to enter black markets. Congress and President Clinton made a way to get around this. It led to the strict control of mass media by only a handful of large, white companies.