DeRay McKesson Responds to Jeb Bush Claims That Black Voters Want 'Free Stuff'

DeRay McKesson Responds to Jeb Bush Claims That Black Voters Want 'Free Stuff'

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said recently that Democrats offer African-Americans "free stuff" in exchange for campaign support. Activist DeRay McKesson recently responded to the outrageous comment on The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore.

Published September 30, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said recently that Democrats offer African-Americans "free stuff" in exchange for campaign support. Activist DeRay McKesson recently responded to the outrageous comment on The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore

“If ‘free’ means you’ve gotten something you haven’t paid for, he comes from a legacy — he hasn’t earned the stuff that he has,” Mckesson said. “What we’ve seen from the Republicans is that they haven’t talked about race beyond immigration. That there’s, like, literally no language there yet.

“They talk about, like, God, family and country — but it’s God until it’s about poor people; it’s family until family it's, like, same-sex and inclusive; and it’s country until it involves Black people,” he later added.

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton also thought Bush's comments were unfounded. "I think people are seeing this for what it is: Republicans lecturing people of color instead of offering real solutions to help people get ahead, including facing up to hard truths about race and justice in America," Clinton said on Facebook.

So far Bernie Sanders and Clinton have shown to be the only candidates to be open to the concerns of supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement, having met with several activists over the past few months. 

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Written by Natelege Whaley

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