Black Lives Matter activists who met with presidential candidate Hillary Clinton this past week to discuss her policies as it relates to African-American lives appeared on The Nightly Show Tuesday and spoke on why they will continue to disrupt White House hopefuls.
The Nightly Show host Larry Wilmore asked Daunasia Yancey, founder of the Boston chapter of Black Lives Matter, and Julius Jones, founder of the Worchester chapter, to speak on their tactics to get candidates to pay attention to race.
"When we're talking about race in this country. that's often what happens is that people get uncomfortable,” said Yancey. “What we’re looking for is to push through that discomfort to really get to the root issues and get to the root solutions."
Wilmore also asked the demonstrators to speak on why they are calling out white progressives such as Bernie Sanders and Clinton.
“Sometimes in your friendships...you and your friend can be really honest with each other and you can say I like you. I love you. I think you're acting up,” said Jones. “In this case with Bernie Sanders, with all the other Democratic nominees they are not showing up for Black lives, even though the movement is happening. It's happening. It's real. It's like we're pushing the needle and folks are not showing up in real enough ways.
“'Cause Bernie Sanders, as much as he was walking with MLK, he ain't walking that way now.”
For the next president, the Black Lives Matters organizers say they are seeking accountability.
"And these folks, when they are confronted with Black Lives Matter, all they can say is All Lives Matter," continued Jones. "[The] only time you hear it is in response to when somebody says Black Lives Matter."
They added that they are also holding President Obama accountable.
"No president of the United States has ever stood up for Black lives in a significant and real effective way — and he’s no different, to be quite honest,” said Yancey.
The Black Lives Matter activists added that Sanders and Clinton aren't the only candidates that will be confronted by their protesters.
Trump may be next.
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