#MothersOfTheMovement Back Hillary Clinton
The DNC is already shaping up to be full of iconic moments this election season. Tonight was no exception…with the mothers of Jordan Davis, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, Blair Holt, Trayvon Martin, and Mike Brown hitting the stage to place their support in Hillary’s corner.
Nine black women whose sons and daughters died in racially-charged incidents took the stage at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday as party delegates shouted “Black Lives Matter.” They urged voters to elect Hillary Clinton, arguing that she cares deeply about racial injustice and will try to reduce tensions between police and communities of color.
The decision of Clinton’s campaign to have these women on stage at the convention was the latest illustration of the growing influence of the Black Lives Matter movement. This anti-racism campaign, which did not even exist at the time of the DNC in 2012, has successfully pushed Clinton, President Obama and the broader Democratic Party to focus more on issues of policing and racial disparities.
Clinton has repeatedly used the phrase “Black Lives Matter” during her campaign and has called for a number of police reforms, such as creating a national standard for when officers can use force and increasing implicit bias training for law enforcement personnel.
Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother, gave a particularly moving speech in memory of her son’s life and in support of Hillary’s run.
The strength it must take for these women to carry on their children’s legacies like this! Good for the DNC for drawing attention to issues like this…