Hillary Clinton’s comments about race during the debate definitely needed to happen
During tonight’s first president debate, Hillary Clinton talked race, and the dialogue was all too necessary. Considering the negativity still surrounding Clinton calling black people “super-predators” in the ’90s (something she’s since recognized as not OK, and apologized for), it was a chance for Clinton to re-shape the narrative surrounding her policies regarding race, and her understanding of race relations today. “Race remains a significant challenge in our country,” Clinton said. “Unfortunately race still determines too much,” she continued, including where we live and how we’re treated.
She went on to say, “We have to restore trust between communities and the police. We have to work to make sure that our police are using the best training, the best techniques, that they’re well prepared to use force… everyone should be respected by the law and everyone should respect the law.”
During her answer, she said that, as president, she would make changes to better address criminal justice reform. When it comes to the epidemic of gun violence continually plaguing the U.S., Clinton said, “And we’ve got to get guns out of the hands of people who should not have them. We have to tackle the plague of gun violence.”
She also called out what she thought was Trump’s negative understanding of the black community.
“The vibrancy of the black church, the black businesses that employ so many people, the opportunities that so many families are working to provide for their kids… there’s a lot that we should be proud of, supporting and lifting up.”
Too, Clinton challenged the idea that everyone is impacted by policies like stop-and-frisk in the same way. “It’s just a fact that if you’re a young African-American man, and you do the same thing as a young white man, you’re more likely to be charged, convicted and imprisoned…We can’t just say ‘law and order.’ We need to come up with a plan.”
She went even further than criminal justice, talking about racism in everyday life. “I think implicit bias is a problem for everyone, not just police. I think too many of us in our great country jump to conclusions about each other, and therefore, I think we need all of us to be asking hard questions like, ‘Why am I feeling this way?'”
In the end, she called for the re-training of police officers, considering that their bias is literally a life or death issue.