Yeah ... Hillary Clinton Might Have Dressed in Blackface
Even I was amazed at how quickly this story was "debunked."
But I'm not buying it. Mostly because if it was them, they couldn't ever admit to it.
Snopes noted three "proofs:"
- The height difference,
- "Hillary's" eyes appear to be brown,
- Because the Clintons have long been in a position of power, this photo should have come to light many years ago.
The height difference noted by Snopes is ridiculous. They used a photo from the Clintons' wedding, in which the Clintons were photographed with Hillary standing on a step so she appears to be the same height as Bill. Strike One.
The blackfaced woman in the photograph might have brown eyes. But it is just as likely that the camera angle made it appear that her eyes are dark. Strike Two.
And Snopes' "proof:" Why would it take so long for the photo to be published? Wouldn't the Clintons' enemies be frothing at the mouth to get their hands on such damning evidence as this?That's an easy one.
Because there are probably billions of photos lying in millions of boxes and albums in homes all over the country; photos that have not been seen in decades. There is a good possibility that this was in a shoebox in a guest room closet ... maybe the owner of the photograph didn't even remember being at the party with the Clintons. Maybe someone's kid found it and the person then confirmed that they were at a party with the Clintons. Stranger things have happened.
So while I can't say with 100% certainty that this is the Clintons, and that Hillary is wearing blackface ... well, I'm not ready to 100% debunk it, either. So Strike Three.
The Ears Have It
Ignoring that the guy in this photo looks really stoned, and remembering that Bill Clinton normally carries big bags under his eyes ... what caught my attention were the earlobes.
Attached earlobes are a recessive trait (about 30% of the population has attached earlobes), yet these two pictures show men with identical, attached earlobes ... or maybe it's just the same guy.
Several people have claimed that the blackface photo is of an unknown woman and Roger Clinton, Bill Clinton's half brother.
To that I say: NONSENSE.
Roger looks nothing like his half brother, Bill. Specifically, Roger has a "free" (unattached) earlobe, while Bill has an attached earlobe. It is important to note that attached earlobes are a recessive trait; roughly 20% of the population have attached earlobes.
The older and chubbier Bill Clinton has similar shoulders. Note that neither man has any identifying marks on their neck or shoulders.
Both are hair-free on their chest and neck.
Both have the same skin coloring.
Another argument is that Hillary's face is more narrow than the blackfaced woman. But as you can see, there are several photos in which Hillary has a fuller face.
The clincher for me is the teeth. The blackfaced woman's teeth are clearly not very good, but neither are Hillary Clinton's. The front six teeth on the top are straight enough, but the back teeth are clearly not aligned with the front teeth.
Her eye tooth, in particular, looks very similar.
I can't say with any kind of certainty that this is Bill and Hillary Clinton, but I think that people debunked it too quickly.
Snopes needed to leave this at a "maybe."
After all, in some photos, people we know are the Clintons don't look like the Clintons.
- The Truth Will Unite Us: The Fake News of Ida B. Wells (Part One: The Lists)
Ida B. Wells was a pioneer of the African American civil rights movement. However, her "investigative journalism" built a foundation based on half truths and toxic rhetoric. Our house is divided, white and black communities are at each others throats