Someone needs a nap.
Hillary Clinton had been ducking the #BlackLivesMatter protesters who are dogging Bernie Sanders, but they finally caught up to her after a speech in New Hampshire on August 11. While they didn’t manage to throw her off her game during a speech (she had apparently agreed to speak with them in private after the event if they didn’t disrupt her), they did manage to get on what seems to be her last nerve, questioning her about her role in the 1994 Violent Crime and Law Enforcement Act, which provided tons of money to prisons, and led to mass incarcerations. The video, which #BlackLivesMatter released yesterday, shows Hillary Clinton snapping at their leadership in a very undemocratic way.
“The piece that’s most important, and I stand here in your space and I say this as respectfully as I can,” Julius Jones, one of the activists, said to Hillary Clinton, “but if you don’t tell black people what we need to do, then we won’t tell you all what you need to do.”
“Well, I’m not telling you,” Clinton responded. “I’m just telling you to tell me.”
“What I mean to say is that this is and has always been a white problem of violence,” Jones continued. “There’s not much that we can do [as black people] to stop the violence against us.”
That’s when the conversation got awkward.
“Respectfully, if that is your position, then I will talk only to white people about how we are going to deal with the very real problems,” Clinton snapped back, eliciting a wide-eyed look of horror from Daunasia Yancey, the founder of Black Lives Matter in Boston who was standing directly to Hillary Clinton’s left.
You can watch Part 1 and Part 2 of the video below.
The activist, clearly taken aback, said that they needed to talk to white people in order to change “white hearts.” Clinton can be heard to snap back that she doesn’t believe you can change hearts, and that the best they’ll be able to do is change laws, which, I assume, is a convenient strategy as far as Hillary Clinton is concerned, since it means they accomplish nothing by showing up at her campaign events. #BlackLivesMatter, which was there to confront her on a policy change that resulted in a greater incarceration rate, clearly doesn’t agree.
Hillary Clinton would, clearly (as evident from the video, most notably) prefer to talk about the fantastic world of rainbows and unicorns she has planned, and not the present situation she helped to bring about as an instrumental part of her husband’s administration.