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Clinton Shouted Down By Black Lives Matter Protesters.

ATLANTA (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton, shouting over protesters, promised black Americans Friday that she would address systemic racism and, if elected, follow in the footsteps of her predecessor, the country’s first black president. ATLANTA — The campaign was set on letting the protesters have their voices heard — even if it meant their chants of “Black Lives Matter” drowned out the words of Hillary Clinton, who traveled to Atlanta Friday afternoon to discuss race with African American voters.Hillary Clinton was temporarily drowned out by a group of Black Lives Matter protesters Friday as she was giving a speech calling for criminal justice system reforms to end racial profiling. Clinton was speaking to a rally of more than 2,000 people in Georgia when just under a dozen protesters yelled and sang “Black lives matter!” for close to 15 minutes, until the Democratic front-runner became almost inaudible. “Yes, black lives do matter,” Clinton said in an apparent attempt to appease the protesters, adding she had been meeting with representatives of the movement.

John Lewis, Clinton attempted to pay homage to him and other leaders of the civil rights movement, recounting her own brief meeting as a Chicago teen with Martin Luther King, Jr. — but the new generation of black activists had little interest in dwelling on the past. “Black! Hillary!” but were more successful when they directly addressed the protesters and shouted “Let her talk!” The protesters eventually left the room, and Clinton continued with her remarks, calling for drug sentencing reform. Clinton promised to ban racial profiling among law enforcement, and reform crack and powder cocaine sentencing laws. “We’re talking about two forms of the same drug,” she said. “It makes no sense to treat them differently.” Black Americans make up 80 percent of crack cocaine users, where powder cocaine users are typically white. In a 15-minute August meeting with Clinton, Black Live Matter activists accused her of “victim blaming.” She and her husband were “more responsible than most” for mass incarceration in the U.S., activist Julius Jones told Clinton in the meeting. The former secretary of state encountered no such trouble later Friday in North Charleston, South Carolina, where she was warmly received at an NAACP banquet held less than 10 miles from Emanuel African American Episcopal Church, a historic black congregation where a white gunman killed the pastor and eight others in June.

Clinton sat silently through a ceremony for the families of “The Emanuel 9,” then during her later remarks praised them for their “grace and resilience.” She also used the venue to emphasize her support for tougher gun laws. “The murder of nine innocents at Bible study has renewed the call to do something about the senseless gun violence that stalks our country,” she said. “The question for us is how many more people have to die before we take action.” Clinton’s Southern swing comes as she works to solidify her advantage over Sanders, her closest rival, among African-Americans. His support, which has been constant, did little to show that any wounds from the racial tensions on the 2008 campaign trail have been healed, or to help Clinton score points with young black voters. “The challenge and opportunity is how to be the heir after the first black president,” said Michael Blake, who worked as an organizer on Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign and now serves as an Assemblyman in New York. “Any African American has experienced, directly or indirectly, someone saying something that was dismissive of them. Black voters could make up more than half of the primary electorate in the early voting state of South Carolina and several other Southern states that hold March primaries. The changes would build on a 2010 act of Congress that narrowed the disparity between crack crimes — which are concentrated among minorities — and powder crimes, which are more likely to involve whites. People need to feel the energy of, ‘why do I have to do this?’” On Friday afternoon, at a raucous 2,100-person rally to kick off “African Americans for Hillary,” much of the crowd appeared moved by the proposals Clinton unveiled. “Let!

The policy would forbid federal, state and local officers from “relying on a person’s race when conducting routine or spontaneous investigatory activities,” unless they have information linking a suspect to a crime. Clinton hasn’t detailed how her idea would go beyond existing law, but her campaign cited previous congressional proposals that would make it easier for alleged profiling victims to recover damages from government agencies in civil court. Clinton also embraced the movement to “ban the box,” or prevent the federal government and contractors from asking about criminal history during initial job applications. Studies have shown that employers are reluctant to consider applications with a criminal history, but job prospects improve for former felons if hiring managers hear about their qualifications before their criminal records.

Clinton has made frank discussion about the country’s lingering racism a central theme of her primary campaign, in an effort to woo the coalition of minority, young, and female voters who twice catapulted Barack Obama into the White House. In Atlanta, she stressed her determination to build upon Obama’s legacy. “It will be up to me assuming we get this done to be a president who builds on what we have achieved and goes even further,” she said. They were preaching to the choir.” Smith said she was moved by Clinton’s commitment to the issues and that she has been a fan for years, even though she supported Obama in 2008. “I voted for her husband partially because I liked her,” she said. They were trying to make a point, to dramatize what they’re concerned about.” The students in attendance were less interested and many began wandering out before Clinton concluded her remarks. “We’re just hungry and my feet are hurting,” one young woman who declined to give her name said as she headed for the door.

She’s got to really deal with economic development, in terms of jobs, in terms of racial bias in jobs.” Clinton has sat for two interviews with Sharpton since launching her campaign. But Sharpton, who prides himself on a close relationship with Obama, said he is not yet close to offering his endorsement. “There was hope Joe Biden would get into the race,” he admitted. “He’s considered almost the twin to Obama.” As for Clinton, he said he is “waiting to hear some aggressive things on what she is going to do on criminal justice matters and how we’re going to deal with racial disparities.

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