Fiery Sheriff Clarke: Hillary's 'Positive Gangs' Comment Shows 'Total Disconnect'
During a recent discussion on gun violence, Hillary Clinton spoke of the need for "positive gangs" to help guide urban youths.
Clinton was responding to a man in Connecticut who said that he had joined a gang in order to feel like he was part of a family. She said:
“You said something that is so important for people to hear. You know, joining a gang is like having a family. It’s feeling like you’re part of something bigger than yourself. So we’re either going to have gangs that murder and rob and do the things that are so destructive to the gang members and to the community. Or, we’re going to have positive gangs. We’re going to have positive alternatives for young people.”
Tonight on "Hannity," Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said the statement showed Clinton "is totally disconnected from life in the black community."
"She has such a misperception about our intelligence level. She thinks we're some lower form of intelligence to think, (that) because we don't have a family experience, we should join a gang. I mean, that is preposterous."
He asked why Clinton didn't suggest that young people join church, scouts, or boys & girls clubs.
"That is dysfunctional culture -- gang activity. And for her to sit up there and embrace this as if it's something that's socially acceptable in the black community? This stuff ought to be rejected out of hand. It ought to be shunned and shamed by the black community."
He said the reason there's "no family structure in the black community" is due to "failed liberal urban policies -- the war on poverty" which he says have damaged the family unit.
"She should have brought that up and said, 'We gotta change these policies, so we can help the black community reconstruct that family experience, so kids can make better lifestyle choices.'"
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