In her latest campaign speech, Hillary Clinton spoke out on heated issues—including the existence of white privilege and racism that still exist in the U.S. nation—to a Harlem audience. The Democratic presidential candidate did not pull any punches in her call on white Americans to recognize their heightened privilege over certain people of color. A “better job” can be done in listening to these black communities and the barriers that stand in their way, said Hillary. According to DNA Info News this Wednesday, February 17, 2016, Clinton’s speech struck a positive chord among black voters in Harlem, while her emphasis on American “humility” has made waves among various constituencies online.
As the 2016 presidential debates continue to smolder, both Republican and Democratic nominee hopefuls are striving to reach out to American audiences in new and meaningful ways. Hillary Clinton arrived in Harlem this week to garner support from the black community. This Tuesday, Clinton arrived in the iconic New York City neighborhood to share her thoughts on the continued presence of systematic racism in U.S. society, as well as a societal call for white Americans to “practice humility.”
Provided here is a segment of Clinton’s rousing speech, which was well-received by many prospective black voters in attendance at the Democratic campaign event. “White Americans need to do a better job of listening when African Americans talk about the seen and unseen barriers that you face every day,” said Hillary to an attentive audience this week. The speech was presented at the Schomburg Center for research in Black Culture. “We need to recognize our privilege and practice humility, rather than assume that our experiences are everyone’s experiences.”
Much of Hillary Clinton’s speech, notes UPI News, focused on her new plan intended to break the problematic “school-to-prison pipeline.” Her educational goals involve the creation of specialized “School Climate Support Teams,” which will aim to provide support for students from poor socioeconomic backgrounds as well as those schools with high in-institution arrest rates. These teams, states the report, would involve teachers, administrators, social workers, and behavioral health specialists.
One of the major issues to be tackled prior to this academic and behavioral plan, added Hillary, is not only in terms of education, but in terms of civil rights. As long as racism against blacks and other minorities still subsists in the American education system, these obstacles will be hard to overcome. An increase in white citizens’ awareness of white privilege and a determination to do better may help serve as the impetus needed to make positive change.
“This is not just an education issue,” shared the Democratic presidential candidate in her speech. “This is a civil rights issue, and we cannot ignore it any longer. The bottom line is this: We need to be sending our kids to college. We need a cradle-to-college pipeline, not sending them into court and into prison.”
The hotly discussed dialogue is also making the rounds online among white and black voters alike. Hillary Clinton delivered the rousing speech shortly after a meeting with National Urban League leaders and black community officials on Monday. It is known that the Reverend Al Sharpton was in attendance. However, there has been no comment as of yet whether Sharpton has endorsed Clinton or not, as he also recently met with fellow Democratic candidate, Bernie Sanders, this month.
Towards the end of her presentation, Hillary also highlighted the need for black voters to have an easier time of actual voting. White and black Americans alike need to move from the continuation of Jim Crow laws from the past still pervading into the present and future. “Across our country, Republican governors and legislatures are erecting one barrier after another that make it harder for black people to vote,” concluded Hillary. “It’s a blast from the Jim Crow past, and we need to call it for what it is.”
Do you agree with Hillary’s discussion in Harlem this week on white privilege and the existence of systematic racism in American society today? Can white Americans truly do better? The Democratic candidate certainly seems to believe it is possible, and hopes to use her educational plan to assist the black community in her U.S. presidential race for support.