This Wednesday at a fundraiser in Columbia, South Carolina, Black Lives Matter activist Ashley Williams demanded that Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton apologize to black people for “mass incarceration.” In a speech Clinton gave twenty years ago, she equated some black youths to “super-predators.” Williams unfurled a handmade sign that included a quote from that speech: “we have to bring [the super-predators] to heel.” After a tense exchange between the Williams and Clinton, the former was ushered out of the fundraiser. Thursday afternoon, Clinton capitulated. She delivered a prissy apology to the Washington Post: “Looking back, I shouldn’t have used those words, and I wouldn’t use them today.”
Score one for Black Lives Matter. It brought Clinton herself to heel. The movement has developed an expertise at targeting liberal politicians. This mau-mauing is the sort of rote political stunt we have come to expect from Black Lives Matter. The modus operandi seems to be as follows: make your point to get prominent play in the news cycle, and then leave. Nothing of substance comes seems to come from these incidents aside from strategically-placed headlines. There is no indication whether or not the millions of black people behind bars are going to be helped by her actions.