"People like Khali Sweeney, a 46-year-old African American man who graduated from the Detroit public school system unable to read. He ran the streets, got in trouble, got shot, and finally got his act together. “I decided to stop being a victim.” Now he runs a literacy program on the city’s east side, using boxing lessons to lure kids off the streets and into his classrooms.
While Sanders has made awkward attempts to court African American voters, Hillary Clinton has deep ties to the community. She was the first presidential candidate to visit Flint, Michigan, a predominately African American city with toxic water.
Clinton hopes to appeal to people like Lawrence White, a 43-year-old state employee and owner of a small security firm who feels betrayed by every level of government and by both parties. “I’m not just singling out Governor [Rick] Snyder,” the African American Democrat told me in January. “All the politicians including the EPA are playing tit-for-tat, playing games at our expense. It’s everybody. It’s Republicans. It’s Democrats. It’s a globalization of not caring for the people of Flint.”