Hillary Clinton Calls America’s Struggle With Racism Far From Over

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Hillary Clinton Calls America’s Struggle With Racism Far From Over.

Hillary Clinton called for “common-sense” gun control measures and said the fatal shooting of nine people at an African-American church was not an “isolated” tragedy, but a chilling reminder of enduring racism and “bigotry” in the U.S.Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered on Saturday her boldest remarks yet on race and gun violence, topics that have quickly become some of the most prominent and divisive in the presidential campaign, particularly after Wednesday’s mass shooting in Charleston, S.C. “It’s tempting to dismiss a tragedy like this as an isolated incident, to believe that in today’s America bigotry is largely behind us, that institutionalized racism no longer exists,” Mrs.

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton vowed to fight for “common sense” gun reform and a stronger relationship between the federal government and U.S. cities Saturday in a speech before hundreds of mayors. Clinton, spoke extensively about the murders and praised the victims’ families, who in court proceedings said they forgave the white suspect, 21-year-old Dylann Roof. Clinton said schools remains segregated, black Americans receive longer prison terms than whites for the same crimes, and black children are five times more likely to die from asthma than white children.

Clinton’s strongly worded stance on the issue could help her make a contrast with Senator Bernie Sanders, who has been drawing large crowds in early voting states, where recent polls show him narrowing the gap with Mrs. Jeb Bush, one of the leading Republican presidential candidates, spoke to a conference sponsored by the Faith and Freedom Coalition on Friday and did not initially address race. “I don’t know what was on the mind or the heart of the man who committed these atrocious crimes,” Mr. Later in the day, at a fundraising event, he framed the issue in different terms. “It just breaks my heart that someone, a racist, would do what he did,” Mr. Sanders, a socialist from Vermont also seeking the Democratic nomination, has a decidedly mixed record on gun control, which may pose problems for his campaign as it seeks to bill itself as a more liberal alternative to Mrs.

Her first major campaign speech, at Columbia University in April, coincided with widespread unrest in Baltimore after the death of a black man, Freddie Gray, who had been injured in police custody. Clinton used that occasion to advocate an overhaul of the criminal justice system, saying it was “time for honesty about race and justice in America.” She echoed that sentiment on Saturday at the annual meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors, pressing for a candid national conversation on what she called a “difficult topic.” Race, Mrs. Mitt Romney, the Republican Party’s 2012 presidential nominee, took to Twitter on Saturday to press South Carolina to remove the Confederate flag flying near its state capitol. On the Democratic side, Martin O’Malley spoke out for gun control on Friday, sending a strongly worded email to supporters calling for a federal assault weapons ban, stricter background checks and measures to tamp down straw-buying.

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