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Hillary Clinton Speaks With #BlackLivesMatter Activists

Hillary Clinton Speaks With #BlackLivesMatter Activists

After interrupting a Bernie Sanders campaign event in Seattle, Black Lives Matter activists had a private meet-and-greet with Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, confronting the Democratic frontrunner about her response to the movement and mass incarceration legislation passed during the Bill Clinton administration.

The 5 activists had hoped to disrupt last week’s event in Keene, N.H., but were stopped by the Secret Service — and agreed to meet with Clinton after her speech. Video of the exchange, up above, shows the former secretary of state defending her stance on racial issues. Two of the activists specifically, Daunasia Yancey and Julius Jones, were looking forward to interviewing Clinton.

“I’ve spent most of my adult life focused on kids,” Clinton said, “to try to give kids — particularly poor kids, particularly, you know, black kids and Hispanic kids — the same chance to live up to their own God-given potential as any other kid.”

Clinton was then asked about how she plans to address on the campaign trail the tensions between white police officers and black communities.

“Once you say that this country has still not recovered from its original sin, which is true, the next question by people who are on the sidelines, which is the vast majority of Americans, is ‘So, what do you want me to do about it?’” she said. “I’m trying to put together in a way that I can explain it and I can sell it, because in politics if you can’t explain it and you can’t sell it, it stays on the shelf.”

Clinton added: “You can get lip service from as many white people you can pack into Yankee Stadium and a million more like it who are going to say, ‘We get it, we get it. We are going to be nicer.’ That’s not enough, at least in my book.”

“I don’t believe you change hearts,” she said. “I believe you change laws, you change allocation of resources, you change the way systems operate. You’re not going to change every heart. You’re not. But at the end of the day, we can do a whole lot to change some hearts and change some systems and create more opportunities for people who deserve to have them.”

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