The leader of the Black Lives Matter movement recently said in an interview that the Clintons use the black community as a way to garner more votes.
Alicia Garza, the founder of Blacks Lives Matter, discussed the Black Lives Matter movement and “systematic racism” in America with Bloomberg Businessweek. In her interview, she claimed that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton does not back up her claims that she cares for the black community.
Garza said that the Clintons routinely use the black community for their own benefit.
“The Clintons use black people for votes, but then don’t do anything for black communities after they’re elected. They use us for photo ops,” Garza said.
Garza also had words for former President Bill Clinton, who she said angered her over a comment he made to black protesters. During a campaign event for Hillary Clinton, Black Lives Matter protesters interrupted Clinton’s event. Bill Clinton told the protesters that they were “defending the people who kill the lives you say matter.”
“I was angry about that for about a month—seriously, like every single day. It’s reprehensible for him to defend the impacts his policies have had on our communities,” Garza told Bloomberg Businesssweek.
Garza also declared that despite Clinton’s claims that “black lives matter,” she has participated in processes that had a negative effect on black people.
“Early on, she would say, “Yes, black lives matter,” but she wouldn’t acknowledge her role in processes that fundamentally showed black lives did not matter. She says that she is for economic justice, but she doesn’t support $15 an hour as the minimum wage,” Garza told Bloomberg Businessweek.
Towards the end of the interview, Garza declared that the black community is not “indebted” to the Democratic party in any way.