Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Thursday that even “open-minded” white people get nervous when they encounter a black male wearing a hoodie.
Hillary Clinton in SC speaking on white privilege and how even some “open minded” whites get nervous around a black man in a hoodie. — Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) July 23, 2015
.@HillaryClinton‘s “open-minded white people” getting nervous about “a young black man in a hoodie” – echoes @POTUS talking of his grandma — Cameron Joseph (@cam_joseph) July 23, 2015
Clinton used almost the same verbal construction last month at a speech in San Francisco when she said, “For a lot of well-meaning, open-minded white people, the sight of a young black man in a hoodie still evokes a twinge of fear.”
Clinton said in a Thursday speech that “Black Lives Matter,” capping a concerted effort to appeal to the black protest movement after harsh criticism of her words and actions from the protesters.
“And that’s why I think it is essential that we all stand up and say loudly and clearly, ‘Yes, black lives matter,’” Clinton said at South Carolina’s Brookland Baptist Church. “And we all have a responsibility to face these hard truths of race and justice honestly and directly.”
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SOURCE: PATRICK HOWLEY
The Daily Caller
Attempting to soar where her rivals have recently floundered on issues of racial justice, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addressed a crowd of nearly 400 in South Carolina Thursday and said unequivocally: “Yes, black lives matter.”
“We all have a responsibility to face these hard truths about race and justice honestly and directly,” the former secretary of state said.
Standing alongside several mayors in the packed Brookland Baptist Church in West Columbia, South Carolina, Clinton championed the work being done at the local level and called for what she termed “flexible federalism,” a system in which the federal government and local communities work hand-in-hand.
“We have worked hard to come back from the Great Recession,” Clinton said. “With President Obama’s leadership and the determination of the American people, we are standing. But we need to start running together.”
Clinton earned big applause for her lines on income inequality and women in the workforce. But her most powerful remarks came early on, when she addressed the recent killings of African-Americans in South Carolina.
In April, Walter Scott, an unarmed black man, was fatally shot by a white police officer during a daytime traffic stop. The officer, Michael T. Slager, has been charged with murder. Two months later, nine African-American parishioners were killed during a Bible study session at the historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. The accused shooter, 21-year-old Dylann Roof, has been charged with murder, hate crimes, firearms violations, and obstructing the practice of religion.
“I think it’s been a remarkable time for South Carolina and, as President Obama recently said, an example of true grace,” Clinton said. “That did not come from above; that came from people in communities rising up, speaking out, acting together.”
The Charleston shooting sparked a national conversation over the Confederate flag, a symbol that appears frequently in photos of Roof. Clinton said Thursday that “we were all grateful when the leaders of this state did the right thing and removed the Confederate battle flag from the statehouse grounds.” But, she added, “the work of healing our communities and taking on the challenges of systemic racism is far from finished.”
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SOURCE: Emma Margolin