The editorial board of Harlem’s most iconic Black newspaper is throwing its weight behind Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
In a new essay, the Amsterdam News argues New Yorkers should vote for Secretary Clinton in the state’s upcoming primary election, because despite President Obama’s efforts to get America back on track, “There are still so many challenges ahead of us.”
Our country sits on the precipice. We will either continue to rise up out of the ashes of the Bush presidency or go down in flames. The past seven years have been a struggle, to say the least. President Barack Obama has done a remarkable job trying to right this ship we call America, while having to ride the storm surges of the right wing trying to sink us at every turn. We have come a long way, but there are still so many challenges ahead of us.
As New York heads to the polls in just a few short weeks, we must be clear in our objectives. We must understand our history and who has written it. So now it is our turn to correct some of the misnomers and half truths as we go forward to this pivotal election, which, as many pundits have noted, may be the most consequential in our lifetime.
For the first time, in a very long time, the New York presidential primary will actually count, and count with decisive numbers. And that is why this endorsement may be one of the most important ones of our generation.
We have two formidable candidates running for the Democratic nomination. One, a senator representing Vermont who originally hails from Brooklyn, and the other an Illinois native who adopted New York as her home and represented this great state in the United States Senate and as the U.S. Secretary of State.
The endorsement comes at a time when Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is gaining in popularity among communities of color. Over the weekend, Sanders racked up victories in Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii, making the upcoming contests even more important to the race.
While the Amsterdam News acknowledged Sanders’ growing popularity, the paper asked whether or not the Vermont Senator has really been an advocate for Black Americans given his silence on civil rights issues in his home state.
While Sen. Bernie Sanders believes that he is a revolutionary who will change the face of politics and claims to have been part of the good fight for decades, we ask at the Amsterdam News: If he has been part of the struggle, did we just miss all those protests in Vermont about voter suppression and civil rights?
In the piece, the Amsterdam News goes on to extol the achievements of Clinton, both as a former first lady and as a New York Senator, before concluding: “With the knowledge that she will keep us safe, she will bring us together, she will invest in our futures and she will invest in us.”
Read the entire endorsement on the Amsterdam News sight.