There’s an age old saying, perhaps, no matter who you are — what you say can haunt you. And, Hillary Clinton is learning just that. In excerpts from the Washington Post, reporters picked up an interesting piece in which revealed a record of Clinton’s that saw the Democratic Presidential Candidate use the term “Super Predators” to describe black youth in the past.
Fortunately, a group of Black Lives Matter protesters managed to find their way into a South Carolina fundraiser — whereas one lady named Ashley almost got the chance to confront Clinton over her shocking comments. The original comments came from a 1996 speech about that infamous “Crime Bill” passed by none other than former U.S President Bill Clinton. At the time of the erroneous comments, Clinton was then First Lady Clinton.
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.