If black Americans provide the electoral muscle to propel her into the White House, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton promised Tuesday to give white Americans a good scolding as a first step to curbing police shootings.
During a radio interview on The Steve Harvey Morning Show, Clinton brought up the police shooting of a black man Friday in Tulsa, Okla.
“Maybe I can by speaking directly to white people say, ‘Look, this is not who we are,’” she said. “We’ve got to do everything possible to improve policing, to go right at implicit bias.”
Clinton’s comments drew a reaction.
Hillary Vows to Speak ‘Directly to White People’ to Stop Racial Police Shootings -Get those ‘White people’ straight.https://t.co/PH5VGrEDGm
— Daniel Lindsey -GG&T (@PatriotByGod) September 20, 2016
Hillary offers no real solutions to the black community except that she will talk to those racist white people.
— Deplorable AJ (@asamjulian) September 20, 2016
@LindaSuhler Excuse me? She & Obama are creating such a racial divide. Then he started in on why no woman Pres.I guess sexism is next.Advertisement - story continues below...
— Toni Goble (@tiredtoni) September 20, 2016
In the case Clinton referenced, police said Terence Crutcher of Tulsa was shot dead after ignoring officers’ instructions to keep his hands held high. He was unarmed.
“This is unbearable and it needs to be intolerable,” Clinton said Tuesday.
She said the issue is bigger than any one police department.
“We’ve got to tackle the systemic racism, this horrible shooting again, how many times do we have to see this in our country?” she said.
Although Clinton said there are “good honorable cool-headed” police officers, she said the continued shootings require changes.
“We can do better,” she said. “We have got to rein in what is absolutely inexplicable.”
Clinton in the past has said “white people” are a major group she will address if elected.
“I will call for white people, like myself, to put ourselves in the shoes of those African-American families, who fear every time their children go somewhere, who have to have the talk about … how to really protect themselves, when they are the ones who should be expecting protection from encounters with the police,” Clinton said in July.
“I’m going to be talking to white people. I think we are the ones who have to start listening to the legitimate cries that are coming from our African-American fellow citizens, and we have so much more to be done, and we have got to get about the business of doing it,” she said. “We can’t be engaging in hateful rhetoric or incitement of violence. We need to bring people together.”
Clinton has also decried what she called “systemic racism” in law enforcement.
“… if you compare statistics between white men and African-American men, if they are stopped, if they are arrested, if they are charged, if they are convicted, if they are sentenced, there are clear undeniable racial disparities. I think we have to admit this. We shouldn’t try to gloss it over or it would go away,” she has said.
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