A #BlackLivesMatter activist confronted Hillary Clinton at a private campaign event Wednesday night in Charleston, South Carolina, as originally reported by the Huffington Post.
The woman, activist Ashley Williams, hoped to draw attention to statements made in 1996 by then-first lady Hillary Clinton about race and crime, by holding up a large sign with her quoted as saying: "We've got to bring them to heel." It takes Hillary a few moments to react.
HILLARY CLINTON: I think we've got somebody saying [something] here, have you? "Bring them to heel?"
ASHLEY WILLIAMS, #BLACKLIVESMATTER: We want you to apologize for mass incarceration. I'm not a super-predator, Hillary Clinton.
CLINTON: Okay fine, we'll talk about it.
WILLIAMS: Will you apologize to black people for mass incarceration?
CLINTON: Well, can I talk, and then maybe you can listen to what I say. Fine. Thank you very much.
There are a lot of issues in this campaign. The very first speech that I gave back in April was about criminal juastice reform.
WILLIAMS: You called black people "Super-Predators."
UNIDENTIFIED FUNDRAISER ATTENDEE: You're being inappropriate, that's rude.
WILLIAMS: She called black people "super predators," that is rude.
CLINTON: Do you want to hear the facts or do you just want to talk?
WILLIAMS: I know that you called black people "super predators" in 1994 [it was actually 1996], please explain it to us. You owe black people an apology.
UNIDENTIFIED FUNDRAISER ATTENDEE: That is inappropriate.
CLINTON: If you give me a chance to talk, I'll come to your side... You know what! Nobody's every asked me [this] before. You're the first person to ask me and I am happy to address it. But you are the first person to ask me. Now, back to the issues.
At that point, Williams is gently removed from the building.
Former NAACP head and Bernie Sanders backer Ben Jealous told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow last week that the "super-predator" theory was, "not just a violation of psychology it is a violation of theology."
"In the 80s," he explained. "[Clinton] chaired the Childrens' Defense Fund, but then in the 90s, the CDF came out with the "Super Predator" theory which said there were some kids who were so sociopathic by age six months that they were beyond redemption."
Below, is the statement made by Hillary Clinton in 1996 about "superpredators." The now-discredited theory was used to justify mandatory minimum sentencing laws which led to mass incarceration.
Speaking in support of the 1996 crime bill, Hillary Clinton said: "They are not just gangs of kids anymore."
"They are often the kinds of kids that are called 'super-predators'. No conscience, no empathy. We can talk about why they ended up that way, but first we have to bring them to heel."