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After a dozen vocal members of the “Black Lives Matter” movement disrupted Hillary Clinton’s rally in Atlanta last week, Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner in the 2016 presidential race, left the event without meeting with the protestors.

Minutes after the rally may not have been the appropriate time for Clinton to show the protestors some love. But meeting with them at some point may be a good idea after the small group of protesters interrupted Clinton’s speech, singing and chanting for about 30 minutes before they were escorted out of the event.

Clinton and her staff, may need to acknowledge the “Black Lives Matter” movement in a more constructive way or face more public protests, which could put Clinton in an awkward predicament in the weeks ahead. Their strategy is to get Clinton’s attention and their mission is to press forward with their agenda loudly and radically – much like the Tea Party movement in the Republican Party.

During the demonstration at Clark Atlanta University, Clinton did acknowledge the protesters who shouted “Black Lives Matter,” saying “Yes, they do,” but the protesters kept pressing their case. To Clinton’s credit, her speech in Atlanta focused on racial disparities in the nation’s criminal justice system and today’s civil rights issues.

And the protesters should have stuck around to listen to her message.

She called for ending racial profiling, pledging to back legislation to ban racial profiling by federal, state, and local law enforcement officials, “by prohibiting them from relying on a person’s race when conducting routine or spontaneous investigatory activities.”

“So to all the young people here today, those who are listening and those who are singing, let me say this:  We need you.  We need the promise of a rising generation of activists and organizers who are fearless in your advocacy and determination,” Clinton said.

“Actually, a few weeks ago, I sat down with some of the people here,” Clinton said.  “We had a very nice conversation.  And they were full of energy and ideas, and they shared some of their experiences with me…And I know very well for many white Americans it is tempting to close our eyes to the truth, to believe that bigotry is largely behind us, that institutionalized racism no longer exists,” she said. “But as you know so well, despite our best efforts and our highest hopes, America’s long struggle with race is far from finished.”

While the protesters shouted at Clinton, U.S. Rep. John Lewis asked the protesters to stop shouting and stood with Clinton on stage in a visible show of support. Clinton continued with her speech by listing some of the many unarmed Black men and women who have died during altercations with police or during questionable circumstances.

“And the names of young African American men and women cut down too young is a rebuke to us all,” she said.

“Walter Scott shot in the back in South Carolina.”

“Tamir Rice shot in a park in Ohio. Unarmed and just 12 years old.”

“Eric Garner choked to death after being stopped for selling cigarettes on a street in New York.”

“Freddie Gray, his spine nearly severed while in police custody in Baltimore.”

“And Sandra Bland, a young woman who knew her rights and did nothing wrong, but still ended up dying in a Texas jail cell.”

But the protesters from “Black Lives Matter” had already been escorted out of the rally and never heard the substance of Clinton’s speech.

“So I’m sorry, I appreciate their passion, but I’m sorry they didn’t listen because some of what they’ve been demanding I am offering and intend to fight for as president,” Clinton said. “For example, I will make sure that federal funds for state and local law enforcement are not used to buy weapons of war that have no place on the streets of our country.”

Clinton is counting on African American voters to turn out strong for her in November. In 2008, 56% of black voters supported the Democratic primary and the Clinton campaign would like to build on that momentum.

But Earl Ofari Hutchinson, an author and political analyst, argues in a recent editorial that Clinton already has a lock on the Black vote.

He’s probably right. But for Clinton to mobilize even more young Black voters — young Black folks who are enthusiastic about her candidacy — she may need to sit down with these young people to hear exactly what they believe she should do in order to earn their vote.

What do you think?

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10 thoughts on “Do ‘Black Lives Matter’ To Hillary Clinton? [VIDEO]

  1. African American Woman on said:

    How about shouting out the names of all the innocent black men, women and children cut down by bullets from their fellow black brothers?

  2. specialt757 on said:

    BLM movement needs better leadership. Their important issues will not be taken seriously at this rate. It’s not okay to be disrespectful time and time again and expect people to respect you or your cause. Listening and is the biggest part of communication, not just being heard.

    • Timekeeeper on said:

      You are on point Special! I believe the BLM movement has true value and merit. But this display of attitudes just makes it that much harder to gain the respect needed to advance this cause.

  3. demp109 on said:

    Those kids are an embarrassment. They need to do some work in their respective communities and stop trying to get in front of a camera!

  4. Hillary will not gain all votes,Just like our Great President didn’t. People that’s being disruptive are rude ands makes you wonder if they are guilty. Ifsome didn’t listen to Martin Luther king then some still won’t listen!But one thing I do know about He is a just GOD!If they can’t listen it’s called not respecting self.I was told some while back a guilty Fox always Bite first! So that’s why they don’t wanna hear Hillary.Guilt! Move forward Hillary,and Be BLESSED! Its a lot of honest People Listening! GO BILL! We love yu,OBAMA!!!GOD always Searches Hearts,So He know whose who2!

  5. free2Bm3 on said:

    Its voting day tomorrow in my state, I bet a 1/4 of the people living in my district won’t show up and show out. People always want to say what’s wrong in the community but won’t get off their lazy humps to cast a vote that takes less than a minute.
    Always looking for somebody else to do what you can do for yourself. Try something new, black lives don’t even matter to blacks.

  6. Question should be.. Why does so many in the African American Community constantly vote Democratic when they don’t care? OH, Republicans don’t care one way or the other…

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