Ahead of the South Carolina primary Saturday, in which Hillary Clinton secured a huge win among Black voters against Bernie Sanders, U.S. rapper Killer Mike made a strong case for Sanders by highlighting the difference between the two candidates on race issues and their reactions to the Black Lives Matter movement.
The artist contrasted Clinton’s reaction to a Black Lives Matter protestor this week, with the approach taken by Sanders earlier in the election campaign when Sanders handed his microphone to two Black Lives Matter activists at a rally in Seattle when they interrupted a speech he was making.
"That is a firm difference from turning around and staring at a little black girl and saying, 'Shut up, I'll talk to you later, you're being rude.'"
It was just as bad to allow "other people to say it to her," he said referring to how the Democratic front-runner and her supporters had been rude to a Black protester who questioned Clinton's past statements on crime and Black “predators”.
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The rapper also praised Sanders' work during the civil rights movement referring to "a picture of you from 51 years ago chained to a Black woman protesting segregation," adding that now "51 years later you're gonna ...listen to two black girls yell and scream—rightfully so" against ongoing racism.
He contrasted that with Clinton who he described as someone who will tell you they'll listen "'later,' when it comes to your children dying in the streets," the rapper said.
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Killer mike was speaking of Sanders being arrested at a civil rights demonstration when he was a student at the University of Chicago in the 1960s. "I know the only person that I have the conscience to vote for is Bernard Sanders," he added.