Hillary Clinton on Friday told NBC News' Lester Holt that the country needs to do more to address "implicit bias" and said she will take a look at her own campaign rhetoric following a string of high-profile shootings this week.
In an interview on MSNBC, Clinton said Americans "have to be honest, all of us, in facing implicit bias that all of us, unfortunately, may still have."
She called for a national conversation on race, as well as criminal justice reform, national guidelines for police use of force, and support for law enforcement personnel across the country.
PBS NewsHour transcript:
"I think we have got to listen to each other. We need a conversation. White people need to be listening to African-Americans about what it feels like to live with, you know, fear and anxiety, to be profiled, to worry about what will happen to their children when they go out to play or out on a date or go for a drive.
We have to listen to the fears of our police officers, who get up every day and do a dangerous job, like the police in Dallas who ran toward the shooting when it broke out after a peaceful protest.
I’m going to do everything I can in this campaign to try to find common ground, bring people together. And I have got some specific ideas about what we can do for criminal justice reform. We need national guidelines about the use of force, particularly lethal force.
We need to work with the 18,000 police departments in our country, some of whom are real models and others should be learning from about how they de-escalate tension, rather than turning a routine traffic stop into a killing.
And, of course, we need to investigate the implicit bias that, unfortunately, too many of us still have. And when it’s an implicit bias in a police officer, it can lead to an escalating situation."
Hillary Clinton on Friday called for the nation to come together in the aftermath of an ambush that killed five police officers in Dallas, Texas, warning that this "absolutely horrific event" — coupled with a series of recent shootings involving police officers — "should worry every single American."
"This is the kind of call to action, and as president, I would implement the very comprehensive set of proposals that I've been making for more than a year," Clinton said in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "We must do more to have national guidelines about the use of force by police, especially deadly force."
Clinton also called on communities across the country to show more "respect" to the police, as she paid tribute to the officers who risked and lost their lives in Dallas.
"Look at what happened in Dallas. Those police officers were protecting a peaceful protest ... that is a hallmark of America," she said. "And when the shooting started and everyone else was fleeing, the police were moving toward danger."
But Clinton also warned that there was a "terrible disconnect" between police officers and the people they are meant to protect. She explicitly stated that some African-Americans are dying as a result of "systemic" and "implicit bias."
"Too many African-Americans shave been killed in encounters with police over matters that should not have led to that action being taken," she said.
Clinton called on white Americans to put themselves in the shoes of blacks "who fear every time their children go somewhere; who have to have the talk about how to really protect themselves when they're the ones who should be expecting protection from encounters with the police."
"I'm going to be talking to white people -- I think we're the ones who have to have to start listening to the legitimate cries that are coming from our African-American fellow citizens," she said.