Black Lives Matter
Activists protest the 2016 presidential election candidates and question their stances on issues important to the Black Lives Matter movement (Flickr.com)
Black Lives Matter activists staged protests and issued challenges to candidates seeking the presidency in 2016. Activists disrupted campaign events and forums to ask candidates their position on issues critical to the movement, including police brutality, the rights of transgender people, education, and poverty. Candidate Bernie Sanders later employed Simone Sanders (no relation), a Black Lives Matter activist, as his press secretary. On February 24, 2016, a pair of Black Lives Matter activists confronted Hillary Clinton on her use of the word "superpredators," in a speech about juvenile justice in 1996. Clinton apologized for using the highly racialized term, but she continued to receive criticism from members of the movement. Some public faces of the Black Lives Matter movement chose not to endorse any political candidate. Others elected to support Hillary Clinton in the final months leading up to the 2016 election, including Brittany Packnett, a Teach for America Executive and appointee to Missouri's Ferguson Commission. A group that called themselves Mothers of the Movement—mothers of black men and women killed by police—endorsed Clinton's candidacy. Black Lives Matter protesters were present at rallies helped by Donald Trump's campaign, and they were met with insults and physical threats. At the inauguration of Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter activists obstructed entry onto the spectator section of the event.