by Yvette Carnell
A Black Lives Matter activist interrupted presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during a Wednesday event to demand an apology from Clinton for calling black youth “super-predators”.
In a 1996 speech, Hillary Clinton described black youth as “super-predators” and added “we have to bring them to heel”, as her husband pushed ahead with the Southern Strategy of vilifying blacks.
“We want you to apologize for mass incarceration. I am not a ‘super-predator,’ Hillary Clinton. Will you apologize to black people for mass incarceration?” shouted Ashley Williams.
“Can I talk,” replied Clinton, who then called Williams “rude” for interrupting the event.
“Please explain it to us. You owe black people an apology,” Williams continued.
“You know what? Nobody’s ever asked me before,” Clinton answers. “You’re the first person to ask me, and I am happy to address it. But you are the first person to ask me.”
Clinton then continues making her speech as agents lead Williams out of the event. Now the hashtag #WeAreNotSuperpredators is trending.
The language Clinton used in 1996 was intentional. During this period, the Clintons were trying to secure white middle class voters by denigrating African-Americans. To ensure that whites had a negative view of blacks, crime can’t be viewed as a foundational issue that gives birth to poverty. This strategy requires that African-Americans be viewed as immoral degenerates.
If you take your dog for training at PetSmart, the trainer won’t even suggest that the animal be brought to heel. You’re considered a pet parent. Still, Hillary Clinton thought it appropriate to use this language to describe black youth.
Hillary Clinton’s comments can be viewed as part of an orchestrated plan alongside Bill Clinton’s flying back to Arkansas to execute a black man with an IQ of 70 during the first presidential campaign. In the book “No One Left to Lie To” written by the late Christopher Hitchens, Hitchens described how Clinton used the Southern Strategy to get elected:
In the 1992 run for the Democratic nomination, that strategy became plain for anyone willing to see it. Clinton took care to have himself photographed at an all white golf club, and also standing at a prison farm photo-op, wearing his shades in the sunshine while a crowd of uniformed black convicts broke rocks in the sun.
This was an effort to to dis-identify with black issues and black people. Bill Clinton wanted to win back white Reagan Democrats, so in order to beat Republicans, he became one.
Watch the video of Clifton’s protest below: