At a campaign event in Philadelphia on Thursday, former president Bill Clinton was repeatedly interrupted by Black Lives Matter activists while delivering a stump speech for his wife’s campaign. What he said in response quickly shut them down.
One of the activists reportedly carried a sign that referenced Hillary Clinton’s use in 1996 of the term “super-predator” to describe young black people. That sign prompted Bill Clinton to launch into a lengthy defense of his administration’s crackdown on crime and welfare abuse in the 1990’s, policies which have come under repeated attack by black activists.
“I don’t know how you would characterize the gang leaders who got 13-year-old kids hopped up on crack and sent them out onto the street to murder other African American children!” Clinton said.
“Maybe you thought they were good citizens, [but] she [Hillary Clinton] didn’t!” he said. “You are defending the people who kill the lives you say matter. Tell the truth! You are defending the people who cause young people to go out and take guns.”
“They say the welfare reform bill increased poverty,” the former president said. “Then why did we have the largest drop in African-American poverty in history?”
Black Lives Matter activists have repeatedly foiled Clinton’s campaign events and have objected to comments she made in the past about “super-predators” — an idea popularized in the ’90s that theorized many of the worst criminals became a lost cause at a young age. Some, including former NAACP president Ben Jealous, have taken this to be a dig at black men.
Clinton’s comments about “super-predators” aren’t the only cringe-worthy remarks she has made about black people. As The Federalist reported last July, she admitted that black men wearing hoodies can be 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.
“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,” Clinton said.