Following the charade during the Netroots Nation 2015 Presidential Town Hall held at the Phoenix Convention Center where candidates Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders were shouted down by Black Lives Matter activists, top Democrat Hillary Clinton has vowed to take up the mantle of race and social justice.
“We all have a responsibility to face these hard truths about race and justice honestly and directly,” Clinton told a crowd of 400 supports at Brookland Baptist Church in West Columbia, South Carolina on Thursday.
“We have worked hard to come back from the Great Recession,” Clinton said. “With President Obama’s leadership and the determination of the American people, we are standing. But we need to start running together.”
Clinton apparently learned a lesson from the experience of former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley who said during the Netroots shoutfest that “all lives matter.”
“Black lives matter. White lives matter. All lives matter,” said O’Malley, who later apologized for not affording the correct amount of deference to the Black Lives Matter movement.
The Washington Post has declared the Black Lives Matter movement represents “a vibrant new force on the left” that has “disrupted traditional presidential politics, creating challenges for Democratic candidates.”
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During her South Carolina visit, Clinton mentioned Sandra Bland, a black woman who committed suicide after being arrested during a traffic stop in Texas.
“I (sic) was heartbreaking to read about,” Clinton said. “It is essential that we all stand up and say loudly and clearly, ‘Yes, black lives matter.’”
During the Netroots performance, Vermont socialist Bernie Sanders threatened to leave the stage when Black Lives Matter activists demanded he repeat Bland’s name.
After the event and the political fallout officials from the Sanders campaign called Black Lives Matter founder Patrisse Cullors and requested a series of meetings to make amends.