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Hillary Clinton is Hypocritical When it Comes to Black Lives Matter. Here’s a Tweet to Prove It.
Hillary Clinton’s hypocrisy on Black Lives Matter is showing — again.
The last thing Black people need right now is more hypocrisy from Hillary Clinton.
We know she’s a hypocrite when it comes to issues of anti-Black racism. We know that her hypocrisy is not new. We have been dissecting her contradictory relationship with Black voters since Clinton put in her bid for the 2016 presidential contest.
The problem with having to deal with it now is that we’ve just experienced one of the most horrific weeks in this era of the struggle for racial justice and social equity. For many Black folks, the murder of #AltonSterling and #PhilandoCastile may have been the final straw that carried them over the threshold of distrust for liberal white humans — even the ones in high political office — who claim to be allies of the movement for Black lives.
That includes Hillary Clinton. No one is more deserving of distrust than she is.
Take her latest tweet where, once again, she put her foot in her mouth when she impulsively tweeted her condolences to Black people over the tragedies that occurred in Louisiana and Minnesota:
"The death of Alton Sterling is a tragedy, and my prayers are with his family." —Hillary pic.twitter.com/Yky4ZxfbLN
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 7, 2016
… then she followed it up with her thoughts on what white people should do to show their unconditional support for Black Lives Matter:
White Americans need to do a better job of listening when African Americans talk about the barriers they face.https://t.co/rmzeEG5HoC
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 9, 2016
“White Americans need to do a better job of listening when African Americans talk about the seen and unseen barriers you face,” she said.
Is that right?
Well, then, this must be why she “listened” five months ago when Black Lives Matter activist Ashley Williams paid $500 to attend a private fundraiser for Clinton to “talk about the seen and unseen barriers [Black people] face everyday.”
Oh wait, she didn’t. Williams was dismissed, asked to shut up and leave, and escorted out.
Clinton may have conveniently forgotten this exchange, but one Twitter user, Lorenzo Herrera y Lozona, sure as heck didn’t — and was quick to pounce on the lie:
There’s really nothing more to say here other than reiterating that both of the Clintons, as Professor Melissa Harris-Perry so eloquently phrased it, “ain’t shit” and Black people need race traitors, not white allies. That’s right — race traitors: people from white communities who are willing to forgo the distinctive privileges that come with being white, clapback at the backlash flung at Black activists who unapologetically speak out on the history of white supremacy in America and its legacy of anti-Black public policy, relentlessly drag the sleeping white masses on issues of racial equity all day everyday and call out liberal hypocrites like the Democratic presidential nominee.[adsense1]