Editor-in-chief for EBONY magazine Kierna Mayo sat down with 2016 presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton and asked her to respond to accusations of pandering to black audiences. Clinton said not to worry, she has black staffers.
But nothing gets past "black Twitter" who reamed her for changing her campaign logo over to a kinara for Kwanzaa, and as a result, was mocked with many other themed logos, some seen in the above collage. (Note the tweet, Rosa Parks, and the "Run HRC" are actually from the Clinton camp.)
Hillary Clinton has been plentiful in providing example after example of clear pandering to her audience, whether black, Southern, Latino, or otherwise. And politics being what it is, she had to face the music in her conversation with EBONY, whose editor was hoping to make sure "the richness of the legacy and the history is not lost" through a white person's adoption of that heritage to get ahead in a presidential campaign:
MAYO: Recently, critics have called you pandering -- have said that you've pandered -- have wondered about particular things, like the Kwanzaa kinara like you posted on Twitter, or even dabbing [dance] on the Ellen show. It's interesting, I heard South Carolina Rep. Bakari Sellers mention this once that he felt you were pandering. And I've even heard local DJs and VJs say things of the sort. So I wonder, you know, how does one, really, walk the line and make sure that the richness of the legacy and the history is not lost and that you don't take shortcuts to black audiences that you think might work.
CLINTON: That's too bad.
Well, I certainly don't intend to, you know, on Kwanzaa, for example, I have a very diverse staff. I'm very proud of the team I've assembled. And these were young people who were excited about taking our logo, which can be used to fit nearly any kind of theme. And they didn't run it by me, they just did it. I was happy that it made them feel proud and they wanted to do it. I'm sorry that there might have been some misunderstanding. And you know, when you're having fun with people, you have fun with them. I learn a lot from my friends and from new experiences all the time. But my core commitments and my record of working on behalf of issues that have been a particular concern to the African-American community, I think, stands on its own.