by Barbara Kinney for Hillary for America

Hillary Clinton schools her opponents on #BlackLivesMatter.
by Barbara Kinney for Hillary for America

The two Democratic presidential candidates who appeared at the conference, Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders, got confronted by progressive activists affiliated with the #BlackLivesMatter movement. And neither of them responded terribly well: O’Malley accidentally echoed the opponents of #BlackLivesMatter, while Sanders’s crankiness didn’t exactly ease frustrations with him or his supporters. []

THERE IS NO progressive alternative to Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley went to Netroots Nation and proved it. Two days later Hillary Clinton schooled her opponents.

CNN has the video of what happened over the weekend.

The thing about Bernie Sanders is that he’s passionate about economic equality and the inequity of a stacked deck where the 1% keep getting richer. Martin O’Malley is concerned about inequity, too. Neither man understanding that income inequality doesn’t do anything about racial prejudice that allows discrimination against brown and black on the street that continues through the corridors of our justice system. On racial justice and what they are going to do to address the inequity, both men fell flat on their faces.

Choosing not to speak at the same conference, Clinton had time to think about her answer, which revealed the breadth of how she views the law, inequity and how deeply she believes racial injustice reaches inside our country. This subject is a layup for her, and time allowed her to modernize her philosophy to fit the times, through a Facebook chat.



Unlike Sanders or O’Malley, Hillary Clinton communicated that the subject of inequality is about a lot more than money or treating everyone equal, jobs or even education, it’s also about racial justice.

Bernie doesn’t want to talk about race, acting petulant when he was confronted at the conference, which ended in #BernieSoBlack.

So how did the #BernieSoBlack hashtag get started?

Roderick Morrow: Bernie Sanders, while he does have a good track record on race in the past, he’s kind of been avoiding talking about certain racial issues now. Whenever he’s asked a question, he goes into a spiel on economics — which is fine, obviously, people do want wage and class equality. But certain issues are race issues, and they do need to be talked about, at least from a candidate that I would like to vote for.

O’Malley wants everyone to just forget about it, because “all lives matter,” which inspired loud jeering from the crowd.

If you’re going to stand on a stage at a progressive conference filled with tough, smart activists that includes brown and black individuals who want answers that reveal you’re prepared to do something about racial justice, you’d better come prepared.

There’s a reason Clinton didn’t agree to attend Netroots Nation conference. She wants their votes, but no politician is the friend of activists whose only master is the issue.