Last night, the Democrats came out with a vengeance for their first official debate, aired on CNN, and it shed a lot of light on the views and perspectives of each candidate. While many are speaking on the back and forth between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, one of the highlights of the night came when the group was asked about their thoughts on the Black Lives Matter movement.
When Sterling Arthur Wilkins, a law school student at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, chimed in via web cam to ask whether each candidate was in support of the “All Lives Matter” movement or the “Black Lives Matter” movement, it resulted in some eyebrow-raising answers. Not only did the debate consist of spending no more than 5 minutes on the topic, but Hillary Clinton brought upon much disappointment with her answer, being that she not once mentioned “Black Lives Matter,” or even the movement itself.
Check out some of the candidates’ answers to the Black Lives Matter question on the next page.
Bernie Sanders: “Black lives matter. The reason those words matter is the African-American community knows that on any given day, some innocent person like Sandra Bland can get into a car and then three days later she’s going to end up dead in jail, or their kids are going to get shot,” Sanders said. “We need to combat institutional racism, from top to bottom, and we need major, major reforms in a broken criminal justice system, in which we have more people in jail than China.”
Martin O’Malley: “The Black Lives Matter movement is making…a very, very legitimate and serious point, and that is that as a nation we have undervalued the lives of black lives, people of color.”
Hillary Clinton: “I think that President Obama has been a great moral leader on these issues and has laid out an agenda that has been obstructed by Republicans at every turn. So what we need to be doing is not only reforming criminal justice…including things like body cameras, but we also need to be following the recommendations of the commission that President Obama empaneled on policing. There is an agenda there that we need to be following up on.”
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