In an interview published by Bloomberg, Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza (pictured, right) echoed the sentiments of many who believe 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 publicly 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.”
Bill Clinton put in place laws that created an explosion in mass incarcerations of Black males in America over the past three decades. Lately, he has been one of the loudest experts talking about the need to reform the incarceration system.
“The Clinton’s 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.”
Hillary’s campaign events have been repeatedly interrupted by activists who have criticized her use of the term “super-predator” to describe young, Black men who she believes have “no conscience” and “no empathy.”
“[W]e have to bring them to heel,” the then-First Lady vowed.
She also declared 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.