Hillary Clinton, near Ferguson, calls for confronting ‘hard truths’ about race
By ANNIE KARNI 6/23/15 6:09 PM EDT Updated 6/23/15 6:27 PM EDT
For the third time since the Charleston massacre last week, Hillary Clinton addressed head on the “hard truths” about race the country needs to confront.
“Despite our best efforts and our highest hopes, America’s long struggle with race is far from finished,” Clinton said at a forum at the Christ the King Church of Christ near Ferguson, Missouri, a city ripped apart by the shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer in 2014. “We can’t hide from hard truths about race and justice. We have to name them, own them and change them,” Clinton said.
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She called Wednesday’s slayings “an act of racist terrorism perpetrated in a house of God.”
The key to change, Clinton said, was the ballot box — “finally persuading the 50 million Americans who do not vote that by not voting they make it possible for people who do not agree with them, do not support their aspirations, to call the shots,” she said.
Her comments in Missouri followed an emotional address over the weekend, where she said the problems of racism in America go far beyond a horrific shooting, and that “millions of people of color still experience racism in their everyday lives.”
Clinton — who called for the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the South Carolina state Capitol back in 2007 — on Tuesday also commended South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley for urging that it finally be removed from the statehouse, calling it “a symbol of our nation’s racist past that has no place in our nation’s present or future. It shouldn’t fly there, it shouldn’t fly anywhere.”