While on the subject of race relations in the United States, Clinton bluntly stated "Let's be honest, black men in hoodies are scary." Yikes. This mentality, of assuming black people are dangerous, is a huge problem that continues to prevent the progress of race relations in the US. Because Martin was a black teenager wearing a hoodie, walking around Zimmerman's neighborhood, Zimmerman saw a threat where there was none and ended up shooting Martin. If they want votes, especially from young people, they're going to have to get with the times.
This gaffe comes shortly after Black Lives Matter protesters stolethe spotlight at a Presidential Forum, to which Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley responded "All lives matter," which universally translates to "I have missed the point of this movement." No one within the movement is saying only black lives matter or that white lives don't matter, what's being said is black lives are being taken for no reason as a result of racial tension while white lives are not.. But, there is something scary about assuming there is.
Clinton's statement about her feelings on black people really demonstrates how severely out of touch the 2016 candidates are. In 2012, 17-year old Trayvon Martin was killed by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida. Trayvon Martin died because someone felt that a black person in a hoodie was, just like Clinton said, scary.
Clinton's admission of black men inHoodies being "scary" illustrates the rift between black Americansand white Americans
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