Last week, a Black Lives Matter activist asked Hillary Clinton “to apologize to black people for mass incarceration” during a fundraiser in Charleston, SC. After an exchange with the presidential candidate, the protester was escorted out of the event. Clinton turned to her audience and said, “ok, back to the issues, the issues that I think are important.”
Over the weekend, Killer Mike called Clinton out for her callous response at Claflin University, contrasting it with the behavior of Bernie Sanders when Black Lives Matter activists showed up at one of his rallies: “When you have an opportunity to tell two black girls to shut up and get off stage and you don’t, and you shake their hands and smile and step to the side and you listen, that is a firm difference from turning around staring at a little black girl and saying, ‘shut up. I’ll talk to you later. You’re being rude.’”
“I’m gonna tell you, the proof is in the pudding every time,” Mike continued. “If I could find a picture of you from 51 years ago chained to a black woman, protesting segregation, and I know 51 years later you’re willing to close your arms… and listen to two black girls yell and scream, rightfully so, as opposed to someone who will tell you to ‘shut up’ after they read your own words, as opposed to someone who will tell you ‘later’ when it comes to your children dying in the streets, I know that the only person that I have the conscience to vote for is Bernard Sanders. I know that the only person that my logical beautiful black mind will allow me to vote for is Senator Bernie Sanders. And I want to tell the other side, I know from going around and shaking hands and hugging these beautiful black faces of South Carolina, that goddamn firewall got a crack in it.”
Over the weekend, Clinton won more than 73% of the votes in the South Carolina primary. 11 more primaries take place this Tuesday.