Hillary Clinton held a very short, private meeting with Black Lives Matteractivists in Keene, NH, a week ago. Good.com curated the two videos immediately below: These were shot on Aug. 11, after the activists from the movement’s Boston chapter were blocked from attending a Clinton event in Keene, but were instead taken to an “overflow room” for a private meeting.
Then, RawStory updates:
Update, 11:14 p.m. EST: MSNBC posted footage from the video, as well as an interview between guest host Melissa Harris-Perry and Jones and fellow organizer Daunasia Yancey.
“What we were looking for from Secretary Clinton was a reflection on her personal responsibility for being part of the cause of this problem, mass incarceration,” Yancey told Harris-Perry. “Her response, targeting on policy, wasn’t sufficient for us.”
Video curated from Good.com
Transcript of video 2:
BLM: The piece that’s most important and I stand here in your space and say this as respectfully as I can, but, if you don’t tell Black people what we need to do, then we won’t tell you all what you need to do.
Clinton: I’m not telling you, I’m just telling you to tell me
BLM: What I mean to say is that this is and has always been a white problem of violence. It’s not – there’s not much that we can do to stop the violence against us.
Clinton: Well, if that
BLM: That’s a conversation that got the push back
Clinton: I understand. I understand what you’re saying.
BLM: Also respectfully,
Clinton: Also respectfully, if that is your position, then I will talk only to white people about how we’re going to deal with the very real problems.
BLM: That’s not what I mean. That’s not what I mean. But like what I am saying, what you just said, was a form of victim blaming. Right? You were saying what the Black Lives Matter movement needs to do to change white hearts is
Clinton: Look, I don’t believe you change hearts. I believe you change laws. You change allocation of resources. You change the way systems operate. You’re not gonna 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 to live up to their own G-d-given potential, to live safely without fear of violence in their own communities, to have a decent school, to have a decent house, to have a decent future. So, we can have one of many ways. You can keep the movement going which you have started, and through it, you may actually change some hearts. But if that’s all that happens, we’ll be back here in ten years having that same conversation because we will not have all of the changes that you deserve to see happen in your lifetime because of your willingness to get out there and talk about this.
Posted: August 17, 2015