In an interview published by Bloomberg on Thursday, Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza dropped a bombshell and said that Hillary Clinton and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, just “use black people for votes.”
“Early on, [Hillary] would say, ‘Yes, black lives matter,’ but she wouldn’t acknowledge her role in processes that fundamentally showed black lives did not matter,” Garza said.
Garza also slammed former President Bill Clinton for loudly criticizing BLM activists at a campaign event in April.
“You are defending the people who kill the lives you say matter,” Bill Clinton said earlier this year while defending his administration’s crackdown on crime in the 90’s.
“I was angry about that for about a month, seriously, like every single day,” Garza said. “It’s reprehensible for him to defend the impacts his policies have had on our communities.”
The Clintons use black people for votes,” Garza said, “but then don’t do anything for black communities after they’re elected. They use us for photo ops.”
The 42nd president’s comments aren’t the only reason the BLM movement is upset with the Clintons. Hillary’s campaign events have been repeatedly foiled by activists who have criticized her use of the term “super-predator” to describe young, black men.
Last year, Hillary told BLM activists that she would only talk to white people about racial issues if they continued to disrupt her events.
In March, Hillary popped off at a young, black woman who asked her a question about her record on racial issues, suggesting the young women should “go run for something” if she wasn’t happy with the status quo.
Hillary also declared at a campaign rally that a lot of “well-meaning, open-minded white people” think black men in hoodies are scary.
“I mean if we’re honest, for a lot of well-meaning, open-minded white people, the sight of a young black man in a hoodie still evokes a twinge of fear,” Clinton said.
In 1996, Hillary Clinton famously referred to black youths as “super predators” who have “no conscience” and “no empathy.”
“[W]e have to bring them to heel,” the then-First Lady vowed.