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Clinton Asks Nation to Empathize With Victims of ‘Systemic Racism’

By Hazel Trice Edney
On August 4, 2016

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Hillary Clinton, in her convention speech accepting the Democratic nomination to the presidency, asked America to seek understanding of victims of “systemic racism,” promised to fight gun violence, push for deep changes in the criminal justice system and jobs for inner city neighborhoods.

The four issues – touching on police killings of Black people, disparate unemployment, unequal criminal justice – are among the key bread-and-butter issues on the minds of African Americans.

“We have to heal the divides in our country, not just on guns but on race, immigration, and more. And that starts with listening, listening to each other, trying as best we can to walk in each other’s shoes,” Clinton told the audience of thousands at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and millions watching by television and online.

“So let’s put ourselves in the shoes of young Black and Latino men and women who face the effects of systemic racism and are made to feel like their lives are disposable. Let’s put ourselves in the shoes of police officers, kissing their kids and spouses goodbye every day and heading off to do a dangerous and necessary job.”

Clinton’s comments accepting the nomination came on the heels of extreme racial strife across the nation. Among them are new community uprisings over the killings of Alton Sterling of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile of Falcon Heights, Minnesota by White police officers as well as the killings of five Dallas police officers and three Baton Rouge police officers by Black vigilantes.

The speech also came after eight years of an almost steady decrease in unemployment rates with Black rates still twice the number of Whites; thousands of African Americans being killed by gun violence on an annual basis and a climate in which African Americans are incarcerated nearly six times the rate of Whites, according to the NAACP.

In recent years, more than 90 percent of Blacks cast their voting ballots for Democrats and more than 94 percent for President Obama in his first and second elections. Clinton is clearly focusing on issues of importance to African Americans as she angles for the Black vote which political analysts predict will be pivotal in this election.

She continued, “We will reform our criminal justice system from end to end, and rebuild trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve. And we will defend – we will defend all our rights: civil rights, human rights, and voting rights; women’s rights and workers’ rights; LGBT rights and the rights of people with disabilities. And we will stand up against mean and divisive rhetoric wherever it comes from.”

In the 50-minute speech, much of which responded to issues espoused by her Republican opponent Donald Trump, a key focus was on gun violence, including ways to thwart mass shootings – an issue on the minds of most Americans regardless of race. In that regard, Clinton promised to defy the National Rifle Association, which typically backs political candidates that oppose new gun laws.

Speakers at the convention gave strong endorsements of Clinton often wrapped in soaring rhetoric and even sermons.

First Lady Michelle Obama appears to have received the most applause with her electrifying speech. The “Mothers of the Movement,” which included the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Michael Brown, also won the hearts of the audience as they recalled the wrongful deaths of their sons. President Bill Clinton told the story of how he met Hillary Clinton; and vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine dug into Trump, saying, “his false assurances that he will make us safer, address immigration, fix the economy, and protect small businesses, seniors, families and veterans are nothing more than lip service.”

A reflective President Obama also spoke essentially outlining the issues that the next president will face.

“Yes, we’ve still got more work to do. More work to do for every American still in need of a good job or a raise, paid leave or a decent retirement; for every child who needs a sturdier ladder out of poverty or a world-class education; for everyone who has not yet felt the progress of these past seven and a half years. We need to keep making our streets safer and our criminal justice system fairer, our homeland more secure, our world more peaceful and sustainable for the next generation,” he said to applause.

“We’re not done perfecting our union, or living up to our founding creed that all of us are created equal; all of us are free in the eyes of God.”

The Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. himself, a two-time presidential candidate, encouraged the people to fight, seemingly wrapping up the strategy next four months in a nutshell.

“We’ve never lost a battle we fought. And we’ve never won a battle unless we fought,” he said. “In 1965, we fought and won the battle for the historic Voting Rights Act. That journey continued in 1984 and 1988, when we built a winning coalition, registering and empowering millions of new voters reflecting the new America.”

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