During a campaign fundraiser in South Carolina Wednesday night, a Black Lives Matter activist interrupted Hillary Clinton to criticize her for comments she made in 1996.
While Clinton was speaking in an intimate gathering of what appears to be about a dozen or so people, a BLM activist stood behind the presidential candidate holding a handwritten sign that read: “We have to bring them to heel,” a reference to a comment Clinton made in the ’90s.
“Will you apologize to black people about mass incarceration?” the unidentified girl asked.
“I know that you called black people ‘superpredators’ in 1994,” she said. “You owe black people an apology.”
The girl was eventually escorted away, and shortly afterward Clinton is heard saying: “Okay now, back to the issues,” before continuing her speech.
The “superpredators” comment the BLM activist referred to is one Clinton made in 1996 about community policing and cracking down on gang violence.
“We also have to have an organized effort against gangs,” she said. “They are not just gangs of kids anymore, they are often the kinds of kids that are called ‘superpredators.’ [They have] no conscience, no empathy, and we can talk about why they ended up that way, but first we have to bring them to heel.”
Recently, former NAACP president Ben Jealous, who recently endorsed Bernie Sanders, has been accusing Clinton of pushing the “superpredator” theory — a line of rhetoric prevalent in the ’90s that theorized many of the worst criminal offenders were already a lost cause at a very young age, thus juvenile offenders should be punished more harshly.
As Mediate pointed out, the “superpredators” narrative was often racially motivated and has since been debunked. However, Clinton’s comment is far less damning when put in proper context, though it is still a little uncomfortable to watch her talk about it.
This isn’t the first time Clinton has said something cringe-worthy about black people. Last July, she admitted that she thinks 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 August, she had an uncomfortable conversation with Black Lives Matter activists, during which she told them she would only talk to white people about racial issues.
“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,” she said.
Currently, Clinton is beating Sanders in the polls in South Carolina by an average of 57-33. Among black voters, she has a 47 percent lead, according to a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll.