The mothers of Dontre Hamilton, Eric Garner, Jordan Davis, Sandra Bland, and Trayvon Martin are all speaking out in a new Hillary Clinton campaign video released on Friday. The video runs three minutes in length and is a sobering endorsement of the Democratic frontrunner in which the mothers each, sometimes tearfully, share memories of their children who died at the hands of law enforcement or due to gun violence. Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, who’d already endorsed Clinton in January, talks about how burying her 17-year-old son was the worst day of her life, and explains that she’s supporting Clinton and speaking out because “I can’t help Trayvon at this time, but there are other Trayvon Martins that I can help.”
“Each of us have lived through our own tragedies which are all different,” Lucia McBath says in the video. Her son, 17-year-old Jordan Davis, was fatally shot in 2012 during an argument over loud music. “As a mother who lost her child,” she says, “I was going to stand up and challenge the system, and continue to tell my story.”
The endorsement from the women, all of them black, comes at a time when Clinton is trying to shake off criticism from some who confronted her on the campaign trail over racially-charged comments she made as first lady during a speech in 1996. “They are not just gangs of kids anymore. They are often the kinds of kids that are called ‘superpredators.’ No conscience, no empathy. We can talk about why they ended up that way, but first we have to bring them to heel,” Clinton said at the time, according to The Washington Post. Watch the video above.
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