Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton is under fire for saying what most White liberals refuse to say about pervasive and persistent racism in America.
Clinton, a White Baby Boomer who came of age during the Civil Rights Movement, told three members from Black Lives Matter “we can’t change hearts, but we must change laws,” reportsGood magazine.
Clinton received criticism for making the statement to activists, who had planned to push her about changes to the criminal justice system earlier this month at an event in Keene, New Hampshire. It left the impression that she didn’t believe in the emotional resonance of Black Lives Matter. But Clinton was actually addressing concern about “deep-seated biases and prejudices” that uphold structural racism in America.
Here is what Clinton said, according to transcript of the exchange obtained by NewsOne:
“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 going to change every heart. You’re not. But at the end of the day, we could 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 God-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 do it 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 10 years having the same conversation. 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.”
Clinton knows it’s highly likely that some White liberals will go back to practicing, enacting, and enforcing structural racism after joining hands with Blacks and singing “Kumbaya” around a campfire.
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Watch Boston #BlackLivesMatter activists Daunasia Yancey and Julius Jones discuss their meeting with 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton with Roland Martin on NewsOne Now in the video clip below.