Friday, February 26, 2016

Hillary Clinton addresses the SUPER-PREDATORS statement

About 20 years ago, Hillary Clinton called young Black males, "super-predators". This term was used due to a discussion about the 1994 Violent Crime Control Act. To quote her exact statement, Hillary said:
"They are not just gangs of kids anymore. They are often the kinds of kids that are called 'superpredators.' No conscience, no empathy. We can talk about why they ended up that way, but first we have to bring them to heel."
Fast forward to this week, when Hillary was confronted by an activist named Ashley Williams.

After that confrontation, Hillary finally addressed the issue. She stated:
In that speech, I was talking about the impact violent crime and vicious drug cartels were having on communities across the country and the particular danger they posed to children and families. Looking back, I shouldn’t have used those words, and I wouldn’t use them today.

My life's work has been about lifting up children and young people who've been let down by the system or by society. Kids who never got the chance they deserved. And unfortunately today, there are way too many of those kids, especially in African-American communities. We haven't done right by them. We need to. We need to end the school to prison pipeline and replace it with a cradle-to-college pipeline.

As an advocate, as First Lady, as Senator, I was a champion for children. And my campaign for president is about breaking down the barriers that stand in the way of all kids, so every one of them can live up to their God-given potential.
Okay, I think I'm good with this. Now Let's move on.

1 comment:

BernBabyBern said...

I don't think Clinton should be let off the hook so quickly. She has proven time and again that her politics shift with whatever direction the wind is blowing this week.

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