By Robert Stitt
Apparently, if Hillary Clinton saw Mark Zuckerberg, Justin Bieber, and Jamie Foxx all walking down the street in their regular attire she would fear one of them. Why? All three of them are known to wear hoodies as casual wear, and according to Clinton in a campaign speech at Brookland Baptist Church in South Carolina, black men in hoodies are scary.
Clinton stated, “I mean if we’re honest, for a lot of well-meaning, open-minded white people, the sight of a young black man in a hoodie still evokes a twinge of fear.”
While Clinton was intending to point out the fact that people still make prejudicial decisions about people based on physical characteristics, the way she said it has backfired in a number of ways.
First, it has given her conservative foes serious cannon fodder. The right-wing site Red State noted, “If a Republican had said exactly the same thing he would be investigated for a hate crime and sent off to a FEMA-run re-education camp.”
The Federalist didn’t go as far but posed, “Imagine if she were a Republican.”
You can bet that Clinton’s statement will be run repeatedly on television commercials and be referenced frequently by the Republican nominee for president should she become the Democratic candidate.
Clinton has not only drawn the ire of the right for the obvious double standard, however, she has also offended those she hoped to win over.
Concluding her speech, Clinton stated, “and that’s why I think it is essential that we all stand up and say loudly and clearly, ‘Yes, black lives matter. And we all have a responsibility to face these hard truths of race and justice honestly and directly.”
And yet, those who are essential elements of the Black Lives Matter movement are not buying it.
Black Lives Matter protest organizer Deray Mckesson tweeted, “I heard a lot of things. And nothing directly about black folk.” He received an invitation to the Clinton event but turned it down, saying, “Coded language won’t cut it.”
Black Lives Matter protestor Zellie Imani was quoted by The Daily Caller as saying, “We’ve witnessed the deaths of black people – Eric Garner, John Crawford, Tamir Rice – and witnessed their killers not be indicted or held accountable…body cams cannot end police brutality, and neither can Hillary.”
According to The Free Thought Project, Clinton’s greatest fail in this approach is that she is not trying to stop racism, and she is not trying to reform the problems with the system. Instead, she is simply being a politician and throwing trendy words around.
What happens when we talk about things that we truly don’t understand? We end up eventually putting our foot in our mouth.
Is Clinton afraid of black men in hoodies? After this speech, she ought to be if they’re the ones casting the vote for president.