During a private fundraiser held in South Carolina Wednesday, two Black Lives Matter activists confronted presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton with controversial comments the former Secretary of State made in the 1990s surrounding race and crime.
Strategically placing themselves at the front of the crowd, youth activist Ashley Williams, accompanied by a colleague, held a sign that displayed Clinton’s previous comments in an effort to “bring her to confront her own words,” Williams later told the Huffington Post.
Williams, who said she and the unidentified colleague contributed $500 to attend the private event, chose to hold up a white sign with the words “We have to bring them to heel,” displayed in bold letters. The quote came from statements Clinton made in 1996 about at-risk youth, the Post reports.
Shortly after the disruption, Williams asked Clinton to apologize for her role in the mass incarceration of Black people.
“I’m not a super predator,” Williams said. “Can you apologize to Black people for mass incarceration?”
“Okay, fine, we’ll talk about it,” Clinton said while Williams continued. “Well, can I talk? Then you can listen to what I have to say.”