Friday, July 24, 2015

Hillary News & Views 7.24: Solidarity.


Today's edition of Hillary News & Views will primarily focus on Clinton's vocal declarations of solidarity during her public campaign appearance in South Carolina yesterday.

She spoke out forcefully about systemic racism, in defense of Planned Parenthood, and gave a full endorsement of the Equality Act, new legislation that seeks to codify equal treatment under the law for LGBT Americans.

It was a day of solidarity.

As always, Clinton's direct quotes are in bold.

First, as New York Daily News reports, she spoke explicitly and extensively about systemic racism and white privilege:
Hillary Clinton declared that "black lives matter" in South Carolina Thursday, as she repeatedly stressed that endemic racism must be tackled by government.
"This is not just a slogan, this should be a guiding principle," she told a gathering of 400 local Democrats, many of them mayors and many of them African-American.
"We have to also acknowledge we have some serious problems with race and justice and systemic racism which unfortunately is all too often present."
She drew an explicit connection between income inequality and racism:
"Anyone who says we don't have to make any more progress is blind to what we need to do to deal with race and justice questions," she declared to cheers. 
"I also believe that economic inequality is a symptom of racism, it is not the only reason for racism. Racism is much deeper."
She then share some compelling examples of how racism goes far beyond economic inequality:
"The challenge of systemic racism is far from finished. Every day you see schools and neighborhoods that are segregated," she said, pointing out disparities in education, housing access, infant mortality rates and a "far from balanced" criminal justice system.
More reporting from CNN:
Clinton called for more training for police officers and said law enforcement should wear body cameras. But her best-received remarks were her broad acknowledgment of racial disparities.
"All of us want a safe community, so we should be smart enough how we can provide that safety without intentionally or unintentionally targeting a particular group of Americans," Clinton said.
"And what is so, really, troubling, is that 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."

 Think Progress reports that Clinton also came out swinging in defense of Planned Parenthood:
Accusations that Planned Parenthood inappropriately profits off the sale of aborted fetuses are part of a “concerted attack” against both the organization and women’s ability to choose whether to have an abortion, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Thursday.
“I think it is unfortunate that Planned Parenthood has been the object of such a concerted attack for so many years,” the Democratic front-runner said at an event in Greenville, South Carolina.
“And it’s really an attack against a woman’s right to choose, to make the most personal, difficult decisions that any woman would face, based on her faith and the medical advice that she’s given.” ...
 Clinton appears to be the first Democratic presidential candidate to issue a direct response to the accusations against Planned Parenthood. She said she hoped the footage would not hamper the organization’s efforts to provide women’s health services, particularly to low-income communities.
“Planned Parenthood still remains a very important part of the whole healthcare delivery system, particularly but not exclusively for poor women,” she said. “I strongly believe that we need to make sure it can do that well into the future.”
This seems as good a place as any to share this inspiring exchange, also reported by CNN, where Clinton explicitly addresses whether her gender is a reason to vote for her:
When a man told Clinton that his 10-year-old daughter told him, "You guys have had it long enough," Clinton seized the moment.
 
"Clearly, I'm not asking people to vote for me simply because I'm a woman. I'm asking people to vote for me on the merits," Clinton said.
Then she directly addressed gender, adding: "I think one of the merits is I am a woman. And I can bring those views and perspectives to the White House."
She covered several economic issues and other political topics of the day at the event, some of which will appear in the next roundup. But she didn't limit her statements of solidarity to just that one event.
On Twitter today, Clinton gave an early and full endorsement of the Equality Act.

Introduced by Congressional Democrats, the Equality Act is being described by Vox as "the most expansive LGBTQ civil rights bill ever":
The Equality Act would effectively expand the Civil Rights Act, originally passed in 1964, to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace, housing, public accommodations, education, and various other settings.
Here's Clinton's endorsement:
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