In running for president of the United States, Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have recently been raising their voices against racism a great deal. The two candidates have spoken at length on how black votes matter to them and to the U.S. on the whole.
All this comes right before the South Carolina Democratic primary.
Clinton recently spoke at the Central Baptist Church in Columbia, South Carolina, accompanied by five mothers associated with the Black Lives Matter movement. Sitting with women whose children fell victim to racism and hate crimes, the former secretary of state took the opportunity to deliver a powerful message to black communities, and really to the entire country.
"Something is very wrong when we have these incidents where kids can get arrested for petty crimes and lose their lives,” the White House hopeful said. “Something is wrong when African Americans are three times more likely to be denied a mortgage as white people are, when the median wealth of black families is just a fraction of the median wealth for white families.”
She also had a message for white Americans, as she asked them to be more empathetic toward the black community and the numerous issues they face.
"Tackling and ending systemic racism requires contributions from all of us,” Clinton added. “White Americans, we need to do a better job of listening when African Americans talk about the seen and unseen barriers they face every day. We need to recognize our privilege and practice humility rather than assume our experiences are everyone's experiences.”
"She is the one for us," Gwen Carr, whose son Eric Garner was killed when a New York City police officer put him in a chokehold in 2014, said in support of Clinton. "She will stand with us. She will be with us...I endorse her because she endorsed us first."
It is interesting how Clinton has recently spoken a lot for the black community, right before the elections where African Americans make up around 50% of the electorate, but hasn’t really done anything for them. Rather than just giving speeches in support of people of color, it is about time the Democratic candidate actually did something to help these communities.
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