Black voters are the linchpin of Hillary Clinton’s strategy for winning the South Carolina Democratic primary, but she met one who decidedly does not support her.
A young woman from Charlotte who identified herself as part of the Black Lives Matter movement interrupted Clinton during a private event Wednesday night. The protester stood and demanded an apology from Clinton for the high incarceration rate for black Americans, and interrupted Clinton’s speech for more than two minutes.
A video of the Charleston encounter on YouTube showed the woman, Ashley Williams of Charlotte, shouting at Clinton, and Clinton becoming irritated.
The evening event was not advertised to the press covering Clinton as she campaigns ahead of the primary vote Saturday.
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At one point Williams, an activist based in North Carolina, asked Clinton to account for her comment in 1996 that some young black criminals were “super predators” preying on poor and minority communities.
After first telling Williams “we’ll talk about it,” Clinton became annoyed as the woman continued to heckle her.
“You’re being very rude,” Clinton said.
Clinton has called for an end to “the era of mass incarceration” and disavowed much of the 1994 crime law signed by her husband, former President Bill Clinton.
It was the disproportionate effect of that law on black people that was the protester’s main complaint.
Neither the woman nor the Clinton campaign could immediately be reached for comment.