Hillary Clinton held a 15-minute meeting with five Black Lives Matter activists behind closed doors during her campaign stop in Keene, New Hampshire on Tuesday. The activists initially planned to disrupt Clinton’s forum on substance abuse at Keene Middle School, but were instead directed to a different room because the event was filled to capacity. Clinton met with the activists after an unplanned visit to the overflow room. The conversation revolved largely around the war on drugs, and “how she felt about her involvement in that violence that has been perpetuated, especially against communities of color and against black folks,” according to Daunasia Yancey, founder of Black Lives Matter in Boston. Julius Jones, head of Black Lives Matter in Worcester, Massachusetts, added that Clinton “validated some of the points that we offered, but she didn’t offer many of her own.” Though there were no reporters present during the meeting, the activists told Politico that they recorded the interview and plan to release the footage. The meeting comes after Black Lives Matter protesters interrupted campaign events for presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley, calling for the candidates to address police violence and develop a firmer stance on racial inequality.
Contributor: Celeste Montaño