During a fundraising event in South Carolina, Hillary Clinton was interrupted by a Black Lives Matter activist, Ashley Williams, who demanded an explanation for statements ClintonÂ made when pushing for tougher crime laws in 1996, and further demanded a direct apology for the spread of mass incarceration.
Williams stepped out of the crowd while Clinton spoke and unfurled a banner which read â€œWe need to bring them to heel,â€ referring to a specific quote which many interpreted as having racist undertones:
â€œThey are not just gangs of kids anymore. They are often the kinds of kids that are called â€˜super-predators.â€™ No conscience, no empathy. We can talk about why they ended that way, but first we have bring them to heel.â€
The interruption occurred at a fundraiser that charged $500 a head, which Williams and her cameraperson payed in order to gain entry. Williams showed the quote and insisted â€œI am not a super-predator.â€ In the video of the incident, Clinton brushes herÂ aside with â€œOK, fine, weâ€™ll talk about it,â€ claims that â€œno one has ever asked meâ€ to apologize when pushed,Â and says that she wants to get â€œback to the issuesâ€ as WilliamsÂ is escorted out of the building by Secret Service agents.
The (almost entirely white) crowd can be heard booing the activist, claiming that sheâ€™s trespassing, and calling her â€œinappropriate.â€
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