U.S. ELECTIONS 2016 (2): Black Lives Matter Activists Interrupt Hillary Clinton At Private Event In South Carolina – Huff Post Tyler Tynes

February 25, 2016


Two Black Lives Matter activists interrupted a private Hillary Clinton fundraising event Wednesday night in Charleston, South Carolina.

Youth activist Ashley Williams protested Clinton, demanding that the Democratic presidential candidate account for inconsistencies on her record on race, specifically around her comments made about crime in 1996.

Williams and her colleague, whom she did not identify, contributed $500 to attend the Clinton event, which was held at a private residence with around 100 people, she estimated.

Williams said she and her colleague strategically placed themselves at the front of the crowd and waited until Clinton appeared. Speakers introducing Clinton around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night spoke of Walter Scott, the Charleston A.M.E. shootings and how Clinton had a strong record of racial justice.

As Clinton spoke to the crowd, Williams stood to her side and held a sign quoting controversial statements made in 1996 when she said “we have to bring them to heel” in reference to at-risk youth.

Williams said when Clinton paused and looked at her sign, she then asked the former secretary of state to apologize to black people for mass incarceration. The mostly white audience yelled at Williams and told her she was being rude.

“I wanted to bring her to confront her own words,” Williams told The Huffington Post after the protest, adding, “We did this because we wanted to make sure that black people are paying attention to her record, and we want to know what Hillary we are getting.”

Williams told The Huffington Post that the Secret Service threw her out out of the event.

The demonstration comes three days before the South Carolina primary where turnout from black voters will be key to clinching the Democratic nomination.

Williams, who is from Charlotte, North Carolina, said she was motivated to protest because policies during President Bill Clinton’s administration led to an increase in mass incarceration that mostly struck black communities. She pointed to the three-strike federal laws, the elimination of rehabilitative programs and an emphasis on prison construction that were part of the Clinton legacy on crime.

Clinton has distanced herself from these policies and recently issued a detailed agenda on racial justice. But Williams wants more.

“Hillary Clinton has a pattern of throwing the Black community under the bus when it serves her politically,” Williams said in a statement before the event. “She called our boys ‘super-predators’ in ’96, then she race-baited when running against Obama in ‘08, now she’s a lifelong civil rights activist. I just want to know which Hillary is running for President, the one from ’96, ’08, or the new Hillary?”

The Clinton campaign didn’t immediately return a request for comment.

And this isn’t the first time Clinton has met opposition by activist groups during her campaign. In October 2015, protestors interrupted Clinton in Atlanta while she tried to roll out a plan for criminal justice reform. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has also faced faced protests from Black Lives Matters activists at his events.

HuffPost Pollster gives Clinton a 58.3 percent lead heading into the South Carolina Democratic primary.



THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2016. 3:56 p.m. [GMT]


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2 Comments on “U.S. ELECTIONS 2016 (2): Black Lives Matter Activists Interrupt Hillary Clinton At Private Event In South Carolina – Huff Post Tyler Tynes”

  1. Timothy Otunla Says:

    BLACK LIVES MATTER ??? Black Lives Matter Activists (BMLAs) should be interrupting President Obama and his thoroughly African wife Michelle.

    By American standards, two well educated and politically-conscious African Americans who frittered away a once in a millennium opportunity for highlighting the past and present suffering of BLACK LIFE, when they gave way to the instincts of the white racists’ Afram caricature by turning the unique ,historic White House visit – a political coup in itself – of a 106 years old African American woman, into a dance hall treat. At a hundred and six years , great grandma,1910’s life and experiences, must be a rich walking museum or MODEM , storing the pain,agony, humiliations, indeed, the psycho-cultural damages of the African-American mind, presence and personality in the USA.

    The occasion should have been deployed effectively for presenting to the world the harrowing experiences of our people in racist USA. It should have been used to open an international campaign for an end to the regular game-hunting, imprisonment and incarceration of Afram youth , in a concentration camp-like culture of drugs and crime, blighted and brutalized, shortened lives of frustration that generally lead youth to great anger,angst and alienation.

    Great grandma 1910, has lived through modern America’s consistent and persistent resistance to, and frustrations of all that President Abraham Lincoln preached and led the USA into a civil war to assert and win: that all are born equal.

    Grandma 1910’s life is comparable to that of a Jewish holocaust survivor still living in Germany. Imagine Germany’s first German-Jew Chancellor hosting such a woman … WOULD IT BE ABOUT THE FRIVOLITY OF DANCE AND PEDICURE …???

    The Obamas imposed a sad censorship on themselves and history by not turning that well-thought out event into an opportunity, every second of it, for mounting an international campaign … TO DEMAND THAT BLACK LIVES MATTER … or did I miss something? tao

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Thanks, Tao. I will put it up to share further because you’ve raised legitimate and very serious issues.

      It seems to me that President Obama, sad to say, is merely going through the motions these last days, but even with the Republicans laying ambush at every corner to diminish his accomplishments and put stops at any venture that would add to his legacy, it’s not a pleasure seeing him fritter away opportunities as this with other mundane presidential must-dos in what would be a long goodbye of over 300 days.

      The comparison to Ms. Merkle is spot on. The Jews would never allow people to forget the holocaust, and rightly so but slavery is far worse than the horrors of it although non-Africans may not see it: millions lost their lives in gas chambers and other forms of inhumane deaths through the barbaric experiments led by an insane man.

      Millions of Africans also lost their lives, starting from the Middle Passage to the horrors of the slave auction and then on to the brutality of slavery in which killings in the hands of slave owners and their employee white crackers were used not just to punish an “offender” slave but to drive sheer terror into survivors on slave plantations.

      What legacy of the holocaust can compare to the legacy of slavery on people of African descent in America today, and on Africans on the continent and Diaspora? Simply incomparable.

      Thank you for bringing up the story of 106-year old Ms. Virginia McLaurin’s visit to the White House as part of events to mark Black History Month and how the president and Michelle blew the opportunity of more than a life time; they made a grievous mistake than can never be rectified.

      My thanks and regards, as always,



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