Guest post by LysisIt's been nearly a month since the Inaugural Edition of Hillary News & Views, so I won't waste any more time with a lengthy introduction!
(Please note that within all excerpts, Clinton's own words can be found in bold.)
Hillary's only a few days away from rolling out her economic policies, but for now, she's focusing heavily on the two biggest challenges that our nation must confront in the aftermath of the Charleston terrorist attack: race and guns.
The Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart reported on her visit to St. Louis with his piece, "The Republican Party needs to catch up with Hillary Clinton on race."
Clinton spoke with an honesty I have not heard from a white politician since her husband President Clinton tried to lead a national “conversation about race” in the late 1990s.
And our problem is not all kooks and Klansman. It’s also in the cruel joke that goes unchallenged. It’s in the off-hand comments about not wanting “those people” in the neighborhood.Clinton’s willingness to go all-in on race at this point of the presidential campaign stands in stark contrast to the dodging on the Republican side. Questions about race in general and the Confederate battle flag in particular have left the GOP tied up in knots. To be fair, the Democratic Party has had a decades-long head start in grappling with and understanding the myriad issues and nuances involved in talking about race. But after watching heartbreaking videos from Staten Island and Cleveland, McKinney, Tex., and North Charleston, silence is not an option.
Let’s be honest: For a lot of well-meaning, open-minded white people, the sight of a young black man in a hoodie still evokes a twinge of fear. And news reports about poverty and crime and discrimination evoke sympathy, even empathy, but too rarely do they spur us to action or prompt us to question our own assumptions and privilege.We can’t hide from any of these hard truths about race and justice in America. We have to name them and own them and then change them.
Anyone who wants to be seriously considered for president of the United States must take race and racism seriously. He must be ready to discuss both with the thoughtfulness they require and be ready to offer solutions that can be implemented. I say “He” because the only viable woman in the race for the White House already has it covered.