WASHINGTON — Newly released video of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s private meeting with Black Lives Matter activists in New Hampshire last week shows a testy exchange between Clinton and the activists.
In one of two clips of the meeting posted by Good Magazine on Monday, Clinton suggests that the activists need to have strong policy goals if they want to create real change, using the women’s and gay rights movements as a comparison.
One of the activists takes issue with her comments. “This is and has always been a white problem of violence. There’s not much that we [black people] can do to stop the violence against us,” Julius Jones of Black Lives Matter tells Clinton
Clinton pushes back: “Respectfully, if that is your position, then I will only talk to white people about the very real problems.”
The Clinton campaign said in an email to The Huffington Post that the video presented the candidate’s comments out of context, and provided a full transcript of the meeting, which can be found at the end of this article. There does not appear to be a full, unedited video of the meeting available, but the transcript reveals that the two excerpts published by Good cover most of the discussion.
In the video, Jones continues: “That’s not what I mean. What you just said was a form of victim-blaming. What you were saying was that what the Black Lives Matter movement needs to do to change white hearts …”
“I don’t believe you change hearts,” Clinton replies. “You change laws, you change allocation of resources, you change the way systems operate.”