Hillary Clinton Manages to Say Something Meaningful About Ferguson and Racism

 

It took her almost three weeks, but likely 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton finally said something about the shooting and killing of Michael Brown and what’s transpired since.

She said she was heartbroken by Brown’s funeral, and added she also grieves for the community of Ferguson. Clinton, who was in San Francisco for a conference, called out the militarized of police on Ferguson streets, which she says looked “like a warzone.” She also praised community leaders, young demonstrators and “decent and respectful law enforcement officers.”

"We can't ignore the inequities that persist in our justice system that undermine our most deeply held values of fairness and equality," Clinton said. "Imagine what we would feel and what we would do if white drivers were three times as likely to be searched by police during a traffic stop as black drivers instead of the other way around."

She then explicitly addressed the institutional racism of the entire criminal justice system—from traffic stops to prison sentences.

Clinton had long been called out for not addressing Ferguson—although one writer recently attempted to make a case as to why Clinton should remain quiet about one of the biggest stories in the world. 

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