Changing the attention of the first presidential debate toward the police, the Second Amendment and right to carry firearms, and race relations, GOP candidate Donald Trump spared some time to talk about an information of Hillary’s past she most definitely wanted to stay hidden.
“I do want to bring up the fact that you were the one that brought up the word ‘super-predator’ about young black youth,” Trump stated.
“That’s a term that I think … it’s been horribly met — as you know — I think you’ve apologized for it, but I think it was a terrible thing to say,” he continued.
The comment Trump was referring to dates back to 1996, when then first lady Hillary Clinton expressed her perceptions of young black men and their role in burgeoning crime statistics.
“They’re not just gangs of kids anymore,” she began. “They are often the kinds of kids that are called super-predators. No conscience, no empathy.”
Clinton’s remarks were made all the worse when she offered her solution to dealing with these “super-predators.” “We can talk about why they ended up that way, but first we have to bring them to heel,” she stated emphatically.
As part of her agenda to bring young black men in line, Clinton proposed harsher sentencing laws, which resulted in mass incarcerations, including severe sentencing for children as young as 13.
Although Clinton has apologized for these comments since beginning her political career, the racial overtones and the imagery evoked of bringing young black men “to heel” has stuck with many in the African-American community.
For this reason and others, enthusiasm for Clinton among black voters has been lower than many expected.
Even though Hillary still leads in front of Trump, the Republican’s support will continue to increase. A poll that has been released at the beginning of this month revealed that Trump had a 16.5% support increase from the African-American community.