Hillary’s past has come back to haunt her again, this time with the revelation that should used black prison labor.
Roughly 20 years ago, Hillary wrote in her 1996 book “It Takes A Village,” that she had used unpaid black prisoners in her Arkansas home. Her admission resurfaced and went viral Wednesday on Twitter and Facebook, with hundreds of people expressing indignation that she bowed to such an archaic tradition.
Current Affairs wrote on Facebook that “Bill and Hillary literally had slaves.”
State legislatures across the South have been using this provision to employee free labor via inmates in the past and continue to do so today. Hillary was no exception, despite the fact that she deeply criticized more conservative southern legislatures and its members on the campaign trail.
“One unusual aspect of living in the Arkansas governor’s mansion was getting to know prison inmates who were assigned to work in the house and the yard … using prison labor at the governor’s mansion was a longstanding tradition, which kept down costs” wrote Hillary.
“We enforced rules strictly and sent back to prison any inmate who broke a rule … over the years we lived there, we became friendly with a few of them,” she continued.
Though Hillary was not the first to live in a governor’s mansion staffed by inmates, her acquiescence to a largely outdated tradition stands in jaunting contrast to the progressive persona she exuded throughout the campaign.
As is the norm with Democratic candidates, Hillary won the majority black vote in the past election but had her little secret surfaced during the campaign those votes might have taken a hit.
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