The Washington Post’s Janell Ross is really, really excited that in her Facebook Q&A today, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton managed to type the words “Black lives matter” — without hedges or qualifiers.
Tucked in the nearly 600-word article there’s even a screenshot of Facebook with the word “Black” highlighted.
The thing is, Clinton already set off the #BlackLivesMatter crowd by saying “All lives matter” — something Ross acknowledges.
Of course, the journey from point A to point B has not been anything close to easy.
In June, Clinton went to a Missouri forum, held in a church not far from the place where another unarmed black teen was shot and killed by a police officer whom a grand jury later opted not to indict. At the time, she said this: “All lives matter.”
Just for flavor, here are a few of the tweets that “gaffe” generated at the time.
Of course, both Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley blew it this weekend at Netroots Nation, with Sanders saying “Black lives of course matter” and O’Malley later apologizing for saying, “Black lives matter. White lives matter. All lives matter.”
So why the transparent do-over for Clinton? And why no mention of Republican candidates (not all of whom are white, by the way)?
So, Hillary Clinton, habitual avoider of direct contact with reporters has said on the record: “Black lives matter.” She didn’t add qualifiers. She didn’t hedge. That is indeed a moment worth noting.
If so, she knows by now not to say it out loud.