Black Excellence

42nd Bill Clinton 1993-2001 Democrat

  • He appointed more people of color and women than any president in history
  • Appointed the first African American director of White House speechwriting in history.
  • Appointed a record number of African American and women judges.
  • He stepped up enforcement of fair housing laws
  • He sought to “mend it, not end it” when talking about affirmative action
  • Signed the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 which cut taxes for 15 million low income families, and made tax cuts available to 90 percent of small businesses.
  • Clinton reversed restrictions on domestic and international family planning programs that had been imposed by Reagan and Bush
  • Signed the 1994 crime bill – this would start the “three strikes” mandatory life sentence for repeat offenders, money to hire 100,000 new police officers, and 9.7bn in funding for prisons, and expansion for the death penalty. This did not cause mass incarceration but it may have amplified effects. In 22 years since the bill was passed, the federal prison population more than doubled.
  • In 1996 he signed the 1996 welfare bill. This would have a good effect in good economies but a devastating effect in bad times.

 

Bill Clinton, also called the so called  the first black president of United States, won the hearts of many in the Black community. During his time in office, he had one of the highest approval ratings in history.  

Clinton did a lot of things to help Blacks but the Crime Bill and Welfare Bill would have a devastating effect on Blacks. 

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